Poker News Roundup: Mats Albertsen, Mykhailo Gutyi, Hanh Tran

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It was a week of winning in the poker world as three different players notched medium-sized but significant wins at different events. Let’s take a closer look at our winners from around the world:

Albertsen Wins Coolbet Open in Estonia

Mats Albertsen of Norway emerged from the field to win the autumn edition of the Coolbet Open 550-Euro Main Event at Olympic Park Casino and Hilton Tallinn Park in Tallinn, Estonia. Albertsen collected 60,510 euros for his title.

The overall prize pool climbed to 285,665 euros as a total of 589 players were in the field. That was significant progress for the event, which had 425 participants the previous year (the inaugural year).

Albertsen outlasted Nicolai Aubert, who was the last opponent standing. Aubert ended up winning just under 47,200 for his second-place result. Rounding out the top five were Mathias Siljander, who was third and pocketed 26,700 euros; Fredrik Karvall, who was fourth and collected 20,500 euros; and David Modans, who was fifth and won 15,800 euros.

Albertsen’s win enabled him to join 2017 winner Sebastian Wahl as a Coolbet Open champion.

Gutyi Wins WSOPE Turbo Bounty Hunter Event

The King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic handed out a ransom this past week when Mykhailo Gutyi collected over 60,000 euros – a career-high payday. The King’s Casino was the site of the 2018 World Series of Poker 1,100-Euro No-Limit Hold’em Turbo Bounty Hunter event, which hosted a field of 386 players in the 13-hour event. Gutyi came out on top and took home a prize of 61,299 euros.

This marks the sixth bracelet for Gutyi, who will play in the World Series of Poker Europe main event later this month. It is Gutyi’s biggest cash prize to date.

Gutyi’s last opponent was Florian Sarnow, who ended up in second place. He won 37,678 euros. Meanwhile, Vangelis Kaimakamis was third and won 25,468, Angelos Pettas was fourth and won 17,565, and Darko Stojanovic was fifth and pocketed 12,367.

Tran Wins WSOPE PLO 8-Handed Event

Hanh Tran won his second World Series of Poker bracelet of 2018, taking the title in the 550-Euro Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed tournament. However, the bigger story might be how he called his shot and ended up coming through on the prediction.

Andreas Klatt, a friend of Tran’s, was not able to attend and defend the title he won at the same event in 2017. Tran promised to take his place and keep the friendship circle in contention for a championship. It turns out he wasn’t kidding as Tran then went out and won the title. He even said that he told Klatt, “If you’re not coming, I have to win it for you.”

He did.

Tran won his second tournament in four months and continued a hot streak. He won 59,625 euros for this Omaha 8-Handed victory.

At the final table, Oleg Pavlyuchuk finished second and took home 36,851 euros. Romain Lewis was third and won 25,473. Sebastian Obermeier was fourth and collected 17,095. Tarek Sleiman was fifth and won 12,802.