Online Qualifier Stanislav Zegal Wins First WSOP Paradise Main Event ($2,000,000)

Online Qualifier Stanislav Zegal Wins First WSOP Paradise Main Event ($2,000,000)

The first-ever World Series of Poker (WSOP) Paradise Main Event champion has been crowned as Germany's Stanislav Zegal took down the $5,000 buy-in event for $2 million and his first WSOP bracelet. The GGPoker qualifier defeated heads-up opponent Michael Sklenicka of the Czech Republic to wrap up a final day that only lasted four hours.

The inaugural WSOP Paradise Main Event at the five-star Atlantis Resort in The Bahamas drew 3,010 players for a prize pool that just squeaked past the $15 million guarantee. The field included dozens of online qualifiers, including Zegal, who was able to parlay his online poker prowess into a life-altering seven-figure victory.

I was so lucky, the cards just fell my way all the time," Zegal told PokerNews in a winner's interview. "I think I played well too, but obviously (theres) tons of luck ... This is what you call life-changing money, I guess.

Zegal was joined at the international final table by Brazil's Gabriel Schroeder, Portugal's Rui Sousa and American Matt Glantz, who was looking to bring "TeamLucky" a second Main Event title this year after his good friend Daniel Weinman won $12.1 million earlier this summer.

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WSOP Paradise Main Event Final Table Results

1stStanislav ZegalGermany$2,000,000
2ndMichael SklenickaCzech Republic$1,200,000
3rdDaniel NeilsonAustralia$900,000
4thMatt GlantzUnited States$685,000
5thRui SousaPortugal$510,000
6thGabriel SchroederBrazil$400,000
7thMontgomery McQuadeUnited Kingdom$300,000
8thLuke GrahamUnited States$250,000

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