High Roller Champion Sam Soverel Wins Hybrid Event 13 at WSOP

Regular high-stakes live cash game player, Sam Soverel, secured his second World Series of Poker bracelet. On the online poker platform WSOP.com, where he competes as “ApesSonIMHO”, Soverel demonstrated his allround skills against some of the finest in the poker world, leading him to the final table that was played live in this Hybrid WSOP Online Event #13: $5,300 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller Championship

Soverel’s bested a competition of 408 entries, ending in a high-stakes face-off against Gergely Kulcsar from Hungary. The live final table saw Soverel claim victory, earning him a whopping $393,516 and the much-coveted golden bracelet.

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This victory wasn’t unexpected for Soverel, who clinched his first bracelet in a $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha event back in 2016. However, the journey to his second bracelet was fraught with near misses. Over the last seven years, Soverel made it to the final table eight times, landing in the top five spots on five occasions. Despite his proven high-roller skills, WSOP success remained elusive until now.

Entering the final table, Soverel held the chip-leading stack of 2,875,000. Facing a line-up of formidable opponents, including two-time bracelet winners Yuval Bronshtein and Aleksejs Ponakovs, and high-stakes player Ethan “Rampage” Yau, Soverel kept his cool.

Hungary’s Kulcsar, despite starting with a mere 525,000 chips, soon proved to be a dark horse, swiftly ascending the leaderboard. After a successful double-up against Lingkun Lu and subsequently eliminating Yau, Kulcsar went on to conquer the leaderboard’s second spot, closely following Soverel.

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The elimination of Ponakovs and Bronshtein, courtesy of Soverel and Kulcsar respectively, set the stage for a head-to-head showdown. The initial advantage was Kulcsar’s, but a strategic move by Soverel turned the tides. Eventually, Soverel claimed all of Kulcsar’s chips, securing his much-anticipated second bracelet.

Despite the setback, Kulcsar’s performance was nonetheless outstanding, marking his debut at a final table after 11 WSOP cashes since 2018. His runner-up position rewarded him with a significant $284,784, more than tripling his previous best cash. With over $4,000,000 in career earnings online, this surely won’t be the last we see of Kulcsar.

Final Table Results

Result Player Country Prize
1 Sam “ApesSonIMHO” Soverel United States $393,516
2 Gergely “wildace_hun” Kulcsar Hungary $284,784
3 Yuval “Larrybird84” Bronshtein Israel $207,264
4 Aleksejs “APonakov” Ponakovs Latvia $150,144
5 Lingkun “CN_23” Lu United States $109,344
6 Ethan “Rampunts” Yau United States $80,784

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