Poker News Roundup: Jack Sinclair, Julien Stropoli, Simone Speranza, Patrick Serda

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The 2018 World Series of Poker Europe has come to a conclusion. We’ll run through the final details of the main event there and highlight a number of other big winners as we recap the top headlines in the poker world this week: 

Sinclair Wins World Series of Poker Europe Main Event

The 2018 World Series of Poker Europe has come to a conclusion as Jack Sinclair was crowned champion of the Main Event. It was a banner event for him as he earned a prize of just over 1.1 million euros after outlasting 533 other players to win his first WSOPE gold bracelet. It’s a rewarding win for him as he finished eighth in the 2017 WSOPE Main Event. 

Taking a look at the other top finishers: Laszlo Bujtas was the runner-up and won just over 693,000 euros while Krasimir Yankov was third and collected just over 480,000 euros.  

Stropoli, Speranza Notch Wins At The Battle Of Malta 

Julien Stropoli had the magic touch in Malta as he won the MPNPT at the Battle of Malta Main Event. The field was stocked with 3,816 competitors but Stropoli navigated his way through the tournament to take home a prize of 168,500 euros.

The main challenge for Stropoli – as he got closer to the finish line – was that multiple players who had been finalists at the MPNPT before were standing in his way. In the end, it didn’t matter. 

Stropoli actually struck a deal with some of the finalists, which is why Maxime Canevet, who was the runner-up, ended up winning more than Stropoli. He took home 192,000 euros. Erik Ostergaard was third with just over 139,000 euros, Mantas Urbonas was fourth with 121,500 and Abdallah Fakhreddine was fifth with 108,500.  

Also at the Malta event, Simone Speranza won the high roller event, taking home 60,000 euros for her troubles. She edged out Marco Cosic, who was the runner-up and won just over 42,000 euros, and Fernando Garcia, who was third and won just over 32,000 euros.

Serda Wins WPT Montreal Title For $668K 

They say you should have a nest egg saved up if you’re starting a family. For Patrick Serda, a new father, a $668,000 boost should offer plenty of security. Serda won the WPT Montreal stop and also collected a $15,000 entry into the season-ending World Poker Tour Tournament of Champions. 

The event, which was hosted at the Playground Poker Club in Montreal, saw a total of 792 entries in the field with each forking over a buy-in of $5,300 Cdn.

Ema Zajmovic ended up finishing in second place and took home just over $424,000 US. Sorel Mizzi placed third and won $313,000. Rounding out the top five were Kauvsegan Ehamparam, who was fourth and won $233,000, and Upeshka de Silva, who was fifth and collected $175,000.

The win proved to be the second-biggest of Serda’s career as he previously earned $750,216 for a second-place finish at the EPT13 Prague High Roller event. Outside of that, he has a couple of wins just under the $50,000 mark with a third-place result at the 2018 Aussie Millions Event No. 22: A$5,000 Six Max and a win at the 2013 Manitoba Lotteries Poker Open.