Swedish Domination as Omar Eljach Secures Victory at The Big Wrap PLO Main Event

Pot Limit Omaha, affectionately known as “the Great Game,” usually finds itself with only a spot or two in a regular poker festival schedule. However, the Big Wrap PLO festival at King’s Resort in Rozadov celebrated this dynamic poker format, dedicating an entire schedule to a variety of PLO events with a staggering €2.6 million guaranteed across the board.

The festival returned for its latest iteration from February 5 to 12, attracting many PLO enthusiasts but also drew big names to the tables, including Tony G, WSOP Main Event winner Hossein Ensan, football professional Max Kruse, and PLO specialist Jan-Peter Jachtmann, among others.

The Big Wrap festival for PL Omaha enthusiasts

The festival offered many exciting high buy-in tournaments, but the €2,350 Main Event with €500,000 guarantee was the center of attention, attracting players from across the globe while fans tuned in to livestreams from their homes.

A familiar face in the winner’s circle at King’s Resort, Sweden’s Omar Eljach, claimed victory and a top prize of €110,500. Eljach and fellow countryman Karl Persson, who finished as the runner-up, dominated the final table by jointly eliminating all their opponents.

King’s Resort has become a lucky charm for Eljach, who has previously won two WSOP Europe bracelets in Rozvadov, including the prestigious 2022 WSOPE Main Event for €1,380,129 and the €550 8-Max PLO Event in last year’s series. His already impressive record at King’s Resort could have been even better, as he also finished as the runner-up in three WSOPE PL Omaha events.

With this latest victory at The Big Wrap Main Event, Eljach’s live tournament winnings have crossed $2.6 million, solidifying his status as a formidable player in the PLO scene.

2024 The Big Wrap Main Event Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (EUR)
1stOmar EljachSweden€110,500
2ndKalle PerssonSweden€74,800
3rdALL-INGermany€49,850
4thMC96Germany€40,850
5thEran CarmiIsreal€32,775
6thDiana VolcovschiPortugal€25,400
7thNikola MinkovBulgaria€18,800
8thNarcis NedelcuRomania€13,825
9thIvan KolesnikovUkraine€11,025

2024 The Big Wrap Main Event Final Table Action

The final table of The Big Wrap PLO Main Event at King’s Resort showcased why PL Omaha is considered such a fun poker format. With an average of 44 big blinds, the stage was set for a deep and dynamic final table among the nine contenders.

The Big Wrap PLO Final Table

Kalle Persson started as the frontrunner with a commanding stack of over 104 big blinds, followed closely by a German player known as “MC96” with 84 big blinds and Romanian Narcis Nedelcu with 70 big blinds. Omar Eljach brought a healthier-than-average stack of 52 big blinds into the play.

The action at the final table kicked off with shorter-stacked Ivan Kolesnikov looking to double up early against Eljach. Kolesnikov initially outdrew Eljach on the flop with a pair of kings against a pair of queens. However, the turn delivered a queen, propelling Eljach forward and sending Kolesnikov to the rail.

Stunningly, the next to exit was Nedelcu in a clash of chip leaders with Persson. Nedelcu pushed all-in with AAQ10 on a 598 flop, finding a call from Persson holding 9877. Essentially, a coin flip until the J on the turn put Nedelcu ahead, only for the river 8 to deliver Persson a full house, catapulting him into a significant chip lead.

The Big Wrap PLO four players left

Persson continued his dominance by eliminating Nikola Minkov in seventh place, securing over half of the chips in play. The only female player at the final table, Diana Volcovschi, found herself short and went all-in with a pair of aces against Persson, who once again rivered a flush, continuing his elimination spree.

The Swedes began their final table takeover, with Eljach knocking out Eran Carmi and setting up a strong one-two in chips. MC96, the final day’s chip leader, found himself in dire straits when moving all-in with KQQ7, only for Persson to reveal pocket aces. The board offered no salvation, and MC96 exited in fourth place.

The sole German player left, called “ALL-IN,” was standing against all-Swede heads-up, and he was getting shorter by the minute. ALL-IN’s all-in move with [invalid notations]. Flop 9J8 favored Swede, but ALL-IN was still ahead. Turn 9 was good for German, but the river A delivered yet again and eliminated ALL-IN.

Eljach and Persson decided to flip it for the win

The last two men standing, Persson and Eljach, decided to flip it for the win and the trophy. Eljach won three consecutive hands, including one where he was dominated as Persson flipped over a pair of kings. This series of flips ultimately crowned Omar Eljach as the champion of The Big Wrap Main Event, securing him a €110,500 victory.

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