Wolfgang Simperl Claims Swiss Poker Championship Title at Casino Bregenz

Casino Bregenz, one of Austria’s flagship poker venues, is currently playing host to the Bodensee Poker Championship, a major festival slated to run through September 17. The first major tournament on the schedule – the Swiss Poker Championship was completed on Sunday, with local player Wolfgang Simperl emerging victorious for a first-place prize of €30,545 and the tournament trophy, poker news outlet PokerFirma reported.

Simperl, a live tournament regular at casinos around his homeland and the rest of Europe, thus swelled his live poker bankroll to over $300,000 and locked one of his biggest live cashes.

The Swiss Poker Championship kicked off on Saturday at the host venue. The event was a €1,080 buy-in one. It attracted 87 entries, including 20 re-entries, and a prize pool of €107,000 was thus created. The top 13 finishers were granted a portion of the money, min-cashes beginning from €2,245.

The official nine-handed final table was played on Day 2 of the tournament. The nine finalists were warmly welcomed at the host venue, with Simperl leading the pack. However, the player did not manage to maintain his good position and quickly lost momentum.

Action developed speedily at first and six players hit the rail within less than two hours. However, play slowed down considerably at that focal point when there were only three players left at the final table. Simperl, Daniele, and Nuran Kurtishi battled against each other for some time.

It was an action-packed stage of play, during which Simperl almost busted after an all-in confrontation against Daniele. A lucky river card saved the player from elimination and helped him scoop the title later on Sunday.

From that hand on, Simperl began regaining momentum and played a key part in the elimination of Kurtishi in third place. The Austrian player claimed the greater portion of his opponent’s chips during an important hand. Just two hands later, Daniele finished what Simperl had started and Kurtishi left the felt in third place, good for €12,835.

The player was the final Swiss left at the table and with his elimination, all chances for the Swiss Poker Championship trophy to go to Switzerland were gone.

The Heads-Up Match

Two-handed battle between Daniele and Simperl kicked off with the former holding the chip lead. However, the latter managed to regain his start-of-the-day advantage quite quickly. Once he took hold of the lead, Simperl never looked back and did everything he had to do to finish off his opponent.

The final hand saw Simperl accept an all-in challenge from Daniele. The former tabled [As][Ks] to clash against the latter’s [Ah][9c]. The board ran out [Ad][Kd][10d][Js][10s], securing Simperl with two pair and the victory. Leaving in second place, Daniele collected the amount of €19,790.

The flagship tournament of the ongoing poker festival at Casino Bregenz – the €2,160 buy-in Bodensee Poker Championship – is set to kick off on Friday, September 15. The event will be played over three days, which means that the name of the big champion will become clear on Sunday.

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