Chin Wei Lim takes down €100K Diamond High Roller, Main Event continues

The Malaysian player beat Jean-Noel Thorel heads-up for the €2,172,104. The field has reduced to 29 in the Main Event.

The WSOP Europe at the King's Casino, Rozvadov will end this week, with only a few events still running. The field in the €10,350 Main Event has already reduced to 28 from the original 541 with Anthony Zinno as the current chip leader. All of the remaining players locked up €26,986 but the pay jumps are getting bigger and bigger. The winner will walk away with €1,133,678 and the golden bracelet.

Several well-known pros are still in the field, with the likes of current chip leader, Anthony Zinno, who has 5,220,000, or current second Dario Sammartino, who's sitting on a 5-million stack.

Other notables, with smaller stacks, are Alex Foxen (1,150,000) and David "ODB" Baker (775,000). However, with blinds of 20,000/40,000/40,000, they still have some room to maneuver.


€100,000 Diamond High Roller

The €100K event generated 72 entries, and the tournament rewarded the best 11 players. It was Ryan Riess, who busted first in the money, for €154,285. He was followed by Paul Phua (10th; €177,477), Daniel Pidun (9th; €177,477), Phil Ivey (8th; €212,504) and Danny Tang (7th; €264,440).

Germany's high-roller regular, Ole Schemion was next to go, taking home 341,510, while Austrian pro, Matthias Eibinger departed in 5th place, for €457,107.

High-roller crusher, Christopher Vogelsang busted in 4th place, which earned him €633,336. Vogelsang is the second most-winningest German player with $22,634,465.

Team partypoker member, Anatoly Filatov started the final table with a big lead, but he eventually had to settle for 3rd, good for €907,301.

The heads-up play between Lim and Bioderma founder, Thorel only lasted for four hands, despite the similar stacks. Lim was able to quickly build a lead and ended the tournament in a pretty weird final hand, as he described: “I raised the button, he defends. The flop was eight-four-deuce, two clubs. I had eight-four off with the four of clubs. I bet 60% of the pot, he calls. The turn was the trey of clubs, completes the flush. I bet half pot, he calls. The river was the four of spades, he checked, and then I just bet half pot again. He goes all-in, but I heard him say something but didn’t really clearly hear anything. And then it was kind of a mess, we had to wait for the floor to come. I was sitting there with second-nuts and was hoping that it was going to be ruled an all-in. And then they ruled it as all-in and it was over!”

The 2019 World Series of Poker Europe was a pretty profitable trip for Chin Wei. He booked a €2,172,104 score in this event, while he also finished second to James Chan in the €250,000 Super High Roller, for €1,757,857.

“To be honest, it feels pretty weird. I am just used to losing, and losing, and losing. And then, I’m just pretty lucky on this trip. I can’t complain. The field was hard in the €250,000 and to be able to finish second, I really can’t complain, even though I didn’t win it, it gave me a good confidence boost.”

“Today everything went my way, I was running good I think, a lot of these guys are better than me. It was smooth sailing, no tough spots. I came into the day fourth in chips and we were all pretty deep. I thought it would be a long day but apparently, we only played for six hours. So that was quite surprising.”

Event #12: €100,000 Diamond High Roller Final Table Results

Place Player Country Prize (EUR) Prize (USD)
1 Chin Wei Lim Malaysia €2,172,104 $ 2,395,244
2 Jean-Noel Thorel France €1,342,459 $ 1,480,370
3 Anatoly Filatov Russian Federation €907,301 $ 1,000,508
4 Christoph Vogelsang Germany €633,336 $698,399
5 Matthias Eibinger Austria €457,107 $504,066
6 Ole Schemion Germany €341,510 $376,593
7 Danny Tang Hong Kong €264,440 $291,606
8 Phil Ivey United States €212,504 $234,335

He praised fellow poker pros, Danny Tang and Michael Soyza, and his backer after the win: “We talk a lot about hands with each other, me, Danny (Tang), and (Michael) Soyza. I ask them a lot for advice, they helped my game a lot. I have to thank them and my backer, Ivan Leow too of course!”