Leon Tsoukernik Beats Phil Ivey to Win King’s 100K Short Deck (€1,102,000)


Leon Tsoukernik

While Event #6: €25,500 Short Deck High Roller at the 2019 World Series of Poker Europe played down to a champion, another epic Short Deck showdown took place right in front of the feature table as King’s Resort owner Leon Tsoukernik battled with some of the biggest names of the international poker circuit in the King’s Short Deck €100K Super High Roller.

There were a total of 29 entries to attract a prize pool of €2,755,000 and the top four spots were paid. Unfortunate bubble boy was Ben Lamb, Cary Katz and Paul Phua were eliminated by none other than Phil Ivey. Heads-up started with a big chip lead for Ivey, but three double-ups later Tsoukernik was in the driver’s seat and closed out the victory.

The final hand saw a king-high flop with diamond flush draw and Tsoukernik held a 4-1 lead when the chips went in. Tsoukernik’s top set had Ivey with king-jack for top pair crushed, the hopes of a runner-runner flush were no more when an off suit ace fell on the turn.

“Maybe I should only play Short Deck,” Tsoukernik said with a big smile on the face. After all he had finished in the money in the €25,500 Short Deck High Roller in which he busted full house versus full house. His win against Ivey came with a payday of more than €1.1 million.

King’s 100K Short Deck High Roller Final Results

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (in EUR)Prize (in USD)
1Leon TsoukernikCzech Republic€1,102,000$1,223,220
2Phil IveyUnited States€826,500$917,415
3Paul PhuaMalaysia€551,000$611,610
4Cary KatzUnited States€275,500$305,805
Leon Tsoukernik vs Phil Ivey
Leon Tsoukernik vs Phil Ivey

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