Leon Tsoukernik, the owner of King’s Resort and overall host to the 2019 World Series of Poker Europe, walked away with a big smile on his face after winning the King’s Short Deck €1000k Super High Roller.
The game was played in front of the feature table, where Event #6: €25,500 Short Deck High Roller was taking place simultaneously.
“Maybe I should only play Short Deck,” Tsoukernik said.
The win is certainly one for the records: 29 players entered the game, attracting a €2,550,000 prize pool.
Phil Ivey (who, later that day, led Event #8: €25,500 Platinum High Roller, won by Kahle Burns) came in second place. Ivey had already eliminated Ben Lamb, Cary Katz, and Paul Phua.
But Tsoukernik crushed Ivey in the final rounds, holding a 4-1 lead by the time the chips went in for the final hand.
Ivey didn’t walk away from the table empty-handed, however, as all 4 top spots were paid out of the prize pool.
Tsoukernik’s payout totaled €1,102,000 ($1,223,220) and Ivey’s €826,500 ($917,415). Phua, in third place, walked away with €551,000 ($611,610) and Katz took the fourth place payout of €275,500 ($305,805).