WSOPE: Ivan Leow conquers €100K Leon’s High Roller, Michael Soyza takes 3rd; Ryan Reiss bags lead at Main Event Day 3

Running alongside the World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) bracelet events are a plethora of daily tournaments at host venue King’s Casino. Though the fields have generally been on the lighter side, these games have still produced plenty of thrilling results. Last night, two high ranking Malaysian pros earned the largest payday of their career; Ivan Leow won the €100K Leon’s High Roller event for €1,251,455 (~US$1,422,140) and Michael Soyza finished 3rd for €521,471 (~US$592,594).

We’ve got that story for you below along with an update of the Main Event. 50 players remain at the end of Day 3 with past champion Ryan Riess at the helm.

Ivan Leow conquers the €100K Leon’s High Roller

Ivan Leow
Ivan Leow – Photo King’s Casino

2018 continues to be a millionaire year for Ivan Seng Yee Leow. The Malaysian pro just shipped his fifth-ever career title and a third seven-figure live tournament payday. All this in six short months. His latest victory was the €100K Leon’s High Roller event topping the 33 entry field for €1,251,455 (~US$1,422,140), his largest live tournament score.

Ever since Leow’s 6th place finish at the HK$1M Triton Super High Roller Main Event in Montenegro in May, he has been shaking up the big leagues. He captured his first career victory later that month at the Oriental Poker Championship HK$100K High Roller event in Macau; earned his first million payout at the Triton Super High Roller Series in Jeju at the HK$500K Short Deck Ante Only, then proceeded to win the partypoker Triton Super High Roller event in Russia for another US$1.1 Million.

Final Table Results
1 – Ivan Leow: €1,251,455
2 – Martin Kabrhel: €773,457
3 – Michael Soyza: €521,471
4 – Tony G: €351,579
5 – Dominik Nitsche: €237,038

His rapid rise continued in Korea with a win and a 2nd place finish at the Super High Rollers events, and now Rozvadov, Czech Republic. Prior to his latest victory, Leow final tabled three events, all non-bracelet events, finishing 2nd at the €25,000 King’s Short Deck Championship won by Mikita Badziakouski.

Having had plenty of practice against the big guns the past several months, at Leon’s High Roller event Leow faced off with players the likes of Mikita Badziakouski, Stefan Schillhabel, David Peters, Matt Kirk, Sam Trickett, and Leon Tsoukernik. All of these players failed to reach the money, including Manig Loeser who fell on the bubble.

First to the money was Dominik NItsche who interestingly has cashed in three events in Rozvadov, all of them a 5th place finish. Antanas Guoga aka Tony G, a rare sight in live events these days, pulled off 4th place, and taking 3rd was Michael Soyza.

Alike Leow, Soyza has been tearing up the felt all over the world. Among his numerous victories this year was a big one at the Mid-States Poker Tournament Deepstack Championship Series. He pocketed US$588,249 at the US$1,655 No Limit Hold’em event. That was his largest live score until his recent 3rd place finish in Rozvadov which earned him €521,457 (~US$592,594).

Just as impressive was Martin Kabrhel who recently won his second-ever bracelet at the WSOPE €100K Super High Roller event. Kabrhel finished 2nd to Leow and mounted another big score of €773,457 to his growing list of live earnings.

To further amplify Leow’s incredible performance this year, out of his US$5.55M total live earnings, US$5.43M was claimed just this year. He has now overtaken Wai Kin Yong and Paul Phua at The Hendon Mob’s Malaysia All Time Money List. He sits in 3rd rank.

Prize pool: €3,562,581 (US$3,135,000) – Entries: 33

1st Ivan Seng Yee Leow – Malaysia – €1,251,455 (~US$1,422,140)
2nd Martin Kabrhel – Czech Republic – €773,457
3rd Michael Soyza – Malaysia – €521,457
4th Anatanas Guoga (Tony G) – Lithuania – €351,579
5th Dominik Nitsche – Germany – €237,038

Ryan Riess bags the lead at Main Event Day 3

Ryan Riess
Ryan Riess – Photo King’s Casino

The €10,350 No Limit Hold’em Main Event saw 165 players of Day 2 downsize to just 50 players at the end of the night. Sitting at the top with a massive stack was Ryan Riess2013 WSOP Main Event champion. Riess bagged up 4,233,000 (over 200x the big blind) while his closest competitor was Ivan Gabriell with 2,412,000.

Day 2 chip leader, Dario Sammartino held strong and sits in ninth rank with 1,503,000 and Day 1A chip leader Marco Slacanac is down the rung with 677,000. In addition to Reiss, three WSOP bracelet winners are in the running, Igor Kurganov, Niall Farrell, and Norbert Szecsi. For Day 1B chip leader, Adrian Mateos, he exited outside of the money.

Among the notable players in the money were Rainer Kempe (52nd), Tobias Peters (53rd), Dietrich Fast (59th), Piotr Nurzynski (61st), Jan-Eric Schwippert (67th), Will Givens (76th), Mustapha Kanit (78th), and Ben Heath (80th).

The hunt for the 2018 WSOPE Main Event title continues. The event drew in 534 entries for a prize pool of €5,073,000. The eventual winner is due to pocket the €1,122,239 first prize. We will continue to have WSOPE updates right here in 

Article by Tricia David

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Tricia David

Tricia David has long experience as a recreational poker player and has been covering poker events since 2010 for numerous outfits in Asia. She spent one year working part time with Poker Portal Asia then became editor and lead writer for all event coverage of the Philippine Poker Tour (PPT). Under the PPT, she overlooked content for their website, and produced live updates on all their events. In addition, she served as the live and online events website content writer for the Asian Poker Tour. Currently, she does live events reporting in Asia for online news site Somuchpoker and is also one of their news contributors.

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