Poker Veteran Roger Hairabedian Wins Europe’s First Major Live Event 

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Roger Hairabedian, a poker veteran from France, won the first live poker event in Europe at the King’s Resort in Rozvadov on June 20-21.

King’s Resort is making the poker scene alive again as it opens the biggest sporting venue in the region. The Resort plans scheduled a series of poker games, which started with a €2,500 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller.

Kings Resort plans to launch tournaments in the next two months. The gambling industry in Europe is now alive and starting to recover from the shutdowns that lasted nearly three months. The integrated casino resumed operations on this month after closing doors in mid-March, following orders from the government.

King’s Resort implemented safety and health protocols during the reopening, including nan-evasive temperature checks, the mandatory wearing of face masks, and the practice of social distancing. The Resort and casino announced the events in the first week of June and assured more games in the coming months.

Tournament highlights

The Omaha High Roller gathered 60 participants, giving away €128,250 as a cash prize. Hairabedian won gainst Christian Stratmeyer, a professional poker player from Germany. The German took home €40,401 as the second placer.

Many world-famous poker players joined the event, including Jan-Peter Jachtmann, the WSOP PLO bracelet winner who led the scoring on the first day. However, he lost to the second placer, cutting his chance to move forward to the final table. He went home empty-handed at the eighth place.

Mr. Hairabedian was on the lead when the seven players started the final table. The French expertise overpowered his six contenders. Ossama Khamis was the first to leave the game after losing to the champ’s cards. He went home with €6,733 in seventh place. Jonas Kronwitter from Austria dropped out of the game in sixth place, bringing home €8,336.

Germany’s Andreas Bremmer lost to Stratmeyer, landing at fifth place, sacking €10,901. The champ eliminated the remaining competitors, including Austria’s Harry Casagrande, with €14,107 at fourth place, and Belgium’s Eric Lescot, in third place with €18,596.

King’s schedule of events

The PLO tournament served as an appetizer for the upcoming events in King’s Resort. The Balkan Poker Circuit, with €200,000-guaranteed total prize, will take place on July 1-6, followed by the Bounty Hunter Days on July 9-12. The Resort will also host the Benelux Classics on July 15 -20.

The Resort has scheduled the German Poker Tournament on July 23-27 while the Deutsche Poker Tour will start July 30 until August 2. Some of the events will give players the chance to compete in the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event in The Rio in Las Vegas this coming summer.

During the events, King’s casinos will regularly disinfect chips and cards to lessen the spread of viruses. However, wearing of masks is not mandatory but advised. Employees of the casinos are mandated to wear face masks and face shields. King’s hotel is ready to accept guests and encourages patrons to book for accommodation before the scheduled events.

Games on the casino floor will continue 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

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