In one of the busiest days of this year’s World Series of Poker Europe in Cannes, France, Australia’s Andrew Hinrichsen overcame a huge chip deficit to take down his first major title while Canada’s Sam Chartier rode excellent play to the final table of the €5000 Pot Limit Omaha event.
Event #2 – €1000 No Limit Hold’em
With five players to go, Italy’s Gianluca Speranza had stormed out to a huge chip lead over the remaining four players. In fact, Speranza held roughly half of the chips in play (1.2 million) over countryman Tarcisio Bruno (480K), Hinrichsen (240K), France’s Bernard Guigon (237K) and the United Kingdom’s Roberto Romanello (180K). After Romanello (pocket fives) doubled up Hinrichsen (pocket Aces), the British pro would fall in fifth place at the hands of Guigon, ending his run at poker’s Triple Crown.
Speranza improved his dominant position with a knockout of Guigon in fourth but, by the time the final three players – Speranza, Bruno and Hinrichsen – reached the dinner break, the chips stacks were essentially even. Once the players came back from partaking of some fine French dining, Speranza separated chips from both Bruno and Hinrichsen to extend his lead. The Italian made a fatal mistake in a key hand as the tournament wore down, however.
On a 10-8-5-10-Q board, Speranza and Hinrichsen checked down the river, at which time Speranza mucked his hand. To win a pot at the WSOP, you have to show two cards to claim the pot, which Hinrichsen did – a measly 7-6 that missed everything. This misstep did inspire Speranza, taking out his frustrations on his fellow countryman Bruno by eliminating him in third place.
When heads up play began, Speranza held nearly a 3:1 lead. It only took a half hour of play, however, for Hinrichsen to turn the tables and assume the lead. The end came moments later as, holding Big Slick, Hinrichsen was able to outkick Speranza’s K-9 on a King-high board to win the second bracelet of the WSOP-E.
1. Andrew Hendricksen (Australia) €148,030
2. Gianluca Speranza (Italy) €91,262
3. Tarcisio Bruno (Italy) €67,281
4. Bernard Guigon (France) €50,146
5. Roberto Romanello (United Kingdom) €37,847
6. Eric Baudry (United States) €28,977
7. John Eames (United Kingdom) €22,449
8. Nabil Nedjai (France) €17,608
9. Gregory LeJolivet (France) €13,982
Event #3 – €5000 Pot Limit Omaha
With 35 players remaining, there were two Canadians – Shawn Buchanan and Sam Chartier – who still had a chance at the final table of the €5000 Pot Limit Omaha event. When the smoke cleared from yesterday’s action, only one of those two men was left standing.
The final nine players were a great representation of the 180 professionals who stepped up for the tournament. Leading the way was British pro Sam Trickett, who held the lead over WSOP bracelet winner Steve Billirakis and 2011 November Niner Eoghan O’Dea. Hanging out at the short stack when the final table began this afternoon (Cannes time), however, was Canada’s Sam Chartier.
The day would not end well for Sam, however. Both he and O’Dea, as the short stacks at the table, fended off the challenges of their opponents, but it was only a matter of time before their stacks dwindled. O’Dea was eliminated by Trickett in ninth place, while Sam Chartier was dismissed by the double barreled efforts of Konstatin Uspenskiy and Jerome Bradpiece in eighth place.
As the tournament is in a dinner break, the leaderboard looks like this:
1. Michele DiLauro (Italy) 785K
2. Ramzi Jelassi (Sweden) 635K
3. Steve Bilirakis (United States) 615K
4. Sam Trickett (United Kingdom) 450K
5. Jerome Brad piece (United Kingdom) 240K
Event #4 – €3000 No Limit Hold’em Shootout
In one of the fastest Day Twos in probably poker history, the 30 players remaining in the Shootout event took less than four hours to determine a final table. The reason? Ten THREE HANDED sit and goes were played to determine the ten men who would move on in the tournament, rather than have six five-handed tables or five six-handed tables to carry on play.
Terrance Chan was one Canadian who made it to Day Two, but he would face a difficult table that held Vanessa Selbst and Max Silver as his opponents. Surprising some in the field, Silver first dumped Selbst and then Terrance to win his table and move on to the final table. Terrance would receive €6913 for his efforts, however.
Although Chan was eliminated, Michael “SirWatts” Watson will be in the running for the next WSOP-E bracelet when the tournament concludes tomorrow:
1. Max Silver, 246,000
2. Michael Watson, 245,000
3. Tristan Wade, 238,000
4. Emil Patel, 237,000
5. Bertrand Grospellier, 235,000
6. Taylor Paur, 233,000
7. Jahn Armbrust, 232,000
8. Steve O’Dwyer, 231,000
9. Richard Toth, 231,000
10. James Dempsey, 230,000
This promises to be an entertaining final table, with O’Dwyer coming off a runner up finish at the EPT London, Grospellier looking for his second bracelet of the 2011 WSOP (remember, he won one in Las Vegas) and Dempsey looking to pick up his second WSOP bracelet in two years.
The fifth event of the WSOP-E, the €10,000 Split Format No Limit Hold’em tournament, is proceeding as of press time. There isn’t an accurate number yet as to entries, but the early action saw approximately 75 players in play. Today the competitors will play nine handed, then six handed tomorrow and in a heads up format to determine the champion.