Sergiu Covrig of Romania defeated Michael Strauch in heads-up play to earn his first WSOP bracelet in the early morning hours at the King’s Resort in Rozvadov. In the most recent 2021 World Series of Poker Europe tournament, an extra day was required to determine the champion, and Covrig won Event #9: €1,100 NLH Bounty Hunter against a field of 604 players. The event exceeded the €200,000 guarantee, awarding €392,600 in cash prizes as well as all of the bounties received. With €79,282 in cash, Covrig becomes the second Romanian to win the most coveted prize in live poker. Alexandru Papazian, who has two titles to his name, is the only other countryman to have made it to the winner’s circle so far. For the past few years, the 35-year-old has been stationed in Bucharest. He began playing poker nine years ago and has taken it more seriously in the last six years, winning multiple five-figure tournaments. Covrig won the most money in a live poker event at the King’s Resort, which he had previously visited.
Despite the early morning hours, his poker-playing companions made the trip to the Czech Republic and were on the rail. Covrig was one of the finalists who demanded an early restart because he wanted to play in Event #11: €1,650 NLH 6-Max, which he described as “a really excellent and exciting tournament.”For a little while, the race for a potential second triumph in the current festival will be put on pause. “I’m going to rest for a bit till the emotions subside, and then I’ll get in,” the Romanian stated following his triumph in an interview. He also intends to compete in the €10,350 WSOPE Main Event, particularly after today’s performance.
The live poker action at the King’s Resort in Rozvadov kicks off with Day 1 of Event #11: Novotny’s kings were destroyed by Michael Strauch’s ace-king, and he lost the balance of his chips to Strauch a few minutes later. Strauch started heads-up play with a two-to-one advantage, but Covrig increased his lead when his ace-king beat ace-seven. Covrig and Le Dantec’s third all-in battle was a classic coin flip, with the Romanian’s pocket jacks flopping top set and Le Dantec drawing dead with ace-king on the turn.