Alexandros Kolonias has won the 2019 WSOP Europe Main Event along with €1,133,678. He topped a field of 541 players to take the prestigious title.
Kolonias felt that he mostly played well from start to finish. Nevertheless, he’s still in a little bit of shock about the victory.
“I still haven’t figured it out in my mind what actually happened,” said Kolonias. “I am really happy about the way I played in the beginning. One level was not so good when we had four left, but things worked out for me.”
The Greek also discussed how he felt during the final table.
“I had a very good position. I was second in chips with position on the chip leader and on my left the short stack.
“If I had to choose positions for every player where we’d start for the final table, I would pick it exactly like this. This was very important.”
Kolonias Wins Despite Not Being a Big Live Tournament Player
One interesting aspect of Kolonias’ victory is just how little he participates in live tournaments. The Volos native only played in one other tourney in the 2019 WSOP Europe before the €10,350 Main Event started.
“I never played many live events per year, and it was, of course, great to make this one count,” he said. “I think I will do the same and play online, and do five or six live tournaments a year.”
He’s not sure if he’ll continue entering many live tourneys, despite winning one of the most-important events of the year. Even if he doesn’t keep playing live, Kolonias will still be Greece’s all-time leader in live tournament winnings at $3.7 million.
Mostly an Online Poker Player
Kolonias may not spend much time on the live circuit, but he’s a very adept online poker player. In fact, he’s made millions of dollars under the handle “mexican222.”
Kolonias boasts $3.1 million in high-stakes cash profits to date. He currently lives in London in order to take advantage of the lack of taxes applied to professional gamblers.
2019 WSOP Europe Main Event Final Table Results
- Alexandros Kolonias (Greece) – €1,133,678 ($1,258,383)
- Claas Segebrecht (Germany – €700,639 ($777,709)
- Anthony Zinno (USA) – €485,291 ($538,673)
- Dario Sammartino (Italy) – €341,702 ($379,289)
- Anh Do (Czech Republic) – €244,653 ($271,565)
- Rifat Palevic (Sweden) – €178,171 ($197,770)
- Julien Martini (France) – €132,017 ($146,539)
- Jakob Madsen (Denmark) – €99,555 ($110,506)