The €2,200 WPTDeepStacks Brussels High-Roller event, which attracted interest on behalf of some of the best poker players in the region, came to its conclusion, with Matthieu Callens covering himself with glory for his first-place finish. The tournament was held at the Grand Casino Brussels Viage in the Belgium capital and generated a prize pool of €116,400, with a total of 60 entries joining the action for a chance to pocket a share.
The field gradually dwindled down but it was only the top six finishers to collect a monetary prize for their efforts. The first one to hit the rail was player Kalidou Sow from France who has been enjoying a good deal of success as of late, having won the PokerStars Championship Prague Main Event for the impressive prize of €675,000 in December. Sow repeated his success at the PokerStars Festival London at the end of January, where he bathed in the champion glory again and went home with £121,803 in prize money for his first-place finish in the £990 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event.
The French player continued with his excellent performance in February when he topped the €1,500 No-Limit Hold’em High-Roller event at the Winamax Poker Tour in Paris and bagged €100,000. After three first-place finishes in a row, the Frenchman’s performance at this high-roller event in Brussels allowed him to add €8,150 to his stack for his sixth-place finish.
The French player was followed by his compatriot Roland Rozel who left the final table in fifth place and earned €10,475 for his play. Rozel then proceeded to participate in the WPTDeepStacks Brussels Main Event where he also proved to be quite successful, finishing sixth for a prize of €14,990.
The fourth place in this high-roller tournament belongs to poker pro Pierre Neuville from Belgium, who settled for €13,970 in prize money. Other notables to take part in the event were Kenny Hallaert, Govert Metaal, and Matthias De Meulder. However, none of them made it to the money on the final day of the tournament.
The Two Top Finishers Agree on a Deal
Jonathan Abdellatif was eliminated in third place and left the final table with a prize of €17,460. After the elimination of the Belgian, the last two survivors sitting at the final table were Matthieu Callens from Belgium and Jakub Wojtas from Germany. The two players paused to discuss a deal and agreed to chop the remaining pot between themselves before heads-up play commenced.
Thus, each of the two competed for €3,000 and the champion trophy. Heads-up play did not last for long as it took roughly about half an hour for the champion to be determined. Callens defeated his opponent with a hand of [Jc][6s], which earned him the top prize of €36,705. His rival settled for the runner-up spot and a payout of €29,138.
This is a fourth finish for the Belgian player who commented that he is not involved in many tournaments these days but enjoys the game and intends to participate in more events in the future.