Maximilian Klostermeier emerged victorious following a great final table performance on Day 2 of Event #7: €5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha. He won €204,010 and his second WSOP bracelet by defeating Joni Jouhkimainen heads-up. The €830,300 prizepool was won by Klostermeier in the third and final PLO event of the 2021 World Series of Poker Europe, which had 184 entrants. Jouhkimainen was also paid a six-figure sum, €126,091. At the 2019 World Series of Poker, Klostermeier earned his first piece of WSOP hardware. In Event 78: $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha – Bounty, he triumphed against a field of 1,130 players. He took home the WSOP bracelet and $177,823 as a result of his efforts in Sin City. Bjorn Verbakel of the Netherlands also made it to the “unofficial” final table, but was unable to make it two bracelets in a row. He finished eighth, earning €17,669.
On the last day, 62 hopefuls returned in search of the elusive WSOP gold bracelet, with several players entering at the last minute before Day 1 ended and registration closed. The field was sliced in half in the first two hours, and the money bubble was already approaching. Stoyan Madanzhiev, Eelis Pärssinen, Julien Martini, Jack Sinclair, and Tomas Ribeiro, all WSOP bracelet winners, were among those that busted before the money. Dorel Eldabach, the chip leader on day one, had a similar fate to prior tournaments, going from a large stack to bust after being engaged in several multi-way hands. Jonas Kronwitter was the one who came up short on the money bubble, which set off a frenetic sequence of eliminations.
Klostermeier consistently raised his stack and sent multiple opponents to the rail on his way to the final table. He was only one huge blind ahead of Joni Jouhkimainen at the nine-handed unofficial final table. However, his lead was never challenged when one of his opponents succumbed to his hot streak. Another two WSOP bracelet winners were among the finals, and it was Armando D’Avanzo of Italy who struck first, defeating Verbakel and PLO expert Veselin Karakitukov. Vasil Medarov, the 4th place finisher in Event #4: €2,000 Pot-Limit Omaha, was the next to fall, as Klostermeier was busy accumulating chips left and right. His dominance came to a head when he knocked out his final five opponents in under 90 minutes to seal the win. It was the fourth WSOP final table for runner-up Jouhkimainen, but he was unable to overcome a large chip disadvantage in a one-sided struggle for poker’s most prized prize.