The World Series of Poker Europe is hitting full stride on Tuesday, with the final table of the €1000 “European Stimulus” No Limit Hold’em tournament at the final table and the €5000 Pot Limit Omaha event working its way to that point.
Event #2 – €1000 No Limit Hold’em
The second event of the WSOP-E is currently at the final table, which was dominated by Europeans despite the runs by several top pros. Late in the action on Monday, such professionals as Kevin MacPhee, Vanessa Selbst, James Mitchell and Canada’s Erik Cajelais were eliminated, with Cajelais’ 20th place finish the top effort by a Canadian. The players who made up the final table featured a notable British pro and several newcomers to the tournament poker world.
At the start of play today, Italy’s Gianluca Speranza led Australia’s Andrew Hinrichsen by over 300K in chips, but lurking in the background was European Poker Tour champion Roberto Romanello from the United Kingdom. Romanello was particularly hungry for this championship as it would add him to the short list of men who have completed the mythical poker “Triple Crown.”
The players wasted little time in getting to business as Speranza eliminated France’s Gregory LeJolivet in ninth place after flopping two pair (holding 6-3) and turning a boat against LeJolivet’s pocket eights. Once France’s Nabil Nedjai (eighth) and the U. K.’s John Eames (seventh) were eliminated in short order, the play was down to six handed.
After making some moves early on, Eric Baudry would be the next player to depart the event. He was responsible for the elimination of Nedjai, pushing his stack up to 500K, but he would run into chip leader Speranza and fall from the tournament. In a classic race, Baudry’s pocket fives were outrun by Speranza’s Big Slick when a King fell on the flop and, once he missed his two outs twice, Baudry was gone from the tournament in sixth place.
Now the short stack, Romanello has been quite active over the last few hands, moving all in on three occasions. He is still quite short with his 180K and blinds at 5000/10000 with a 1000 ante, but Roberto is one player that an opponent will want to have a hand to take to battle against. At this moment, here are the chip counts:
1. Gianluca Speranza (Italy) 1.2 million
2. Tarcisio Bruno (Italy) 480K
3. Andrew Hinrichsen (Australia) 240K
4. Bernard Guigon (France) 237K
5. Roberto Romanello (United Kingdom) 180K
Event #3 – €5000 Pot Limit Omaha
Day Two of the €5000 Pot Limit Omaha tournament featured a host of Canadians making deep runs in the tournament. The start of the tournament, however, featured a bit of controversy which probably affected the size of the field.
Originally billed as a “triple chance” event (players started with 5000 in chips and could add on 5000 more two times), the WSOP was informed that this violated French laws regarding tournaments. As a result of this, WSOP officials reverted back to making it a freeze out (legal under French gaming laws) and stated that any player who, as a result of the change, didn’t want to play would be given their entry back. With that said, there were still 180 players who stepped up for the fight.
As play began this afternoon (Cannes time), a host of Canadian players were still in the mix in the event. Montreal’s Sam Chartier (86,200) Edmonton’s Kyle Johnson (14,900), Abbotsford’s Shawn Buchanan (113,800) and Waterloo’s Mike “Timex” McDonald (54,700) carried the Canadian flag to the felt in Cannes among the 49 players remaining and, to this point, Johnson and McDonald have been eliminated.
Buchanan and Chartier, on the other hand, have been surging up the leaderboard. Chartier used the knockout of Erik Friberg to take his chip stack over the 100K mark, while Buchanan has also quietly worked his way into six digits as well. Their play puts them in the Top Ten as of press time:
1. Dimitry Motorov (Russia) 155,000
2. Erich Kollmann (Austria) 145,000
3. David Callaghan (Ireland) 136,000
4. Dermot Blain (Ireland) 127,000
5. Oleksii Kovalchuk (Ukraine) 125,000
6. Sam Chartier (Canada) 118,000
7. Mesbah Guerfi (France) 106,000
8. Shawn Buchanan (Canada) 105,000
9. Konstantin Uspenskiy (Russia) 100,000
10. Shannon Shorr (United States) 95,000
With 35 players remaining and only eighteen players getting paid, there is still plenty of action to go in this particular tournament.
Along with these two events, the start of the €3000 No Limit Hold’em Shootout is set to begin. Capped at 300 players, there are already 237 that have stepped to the felt including defending World Champion Jonathan Duhamel, Alexander Wice, Daniel Negreanu, Sorel Mizzi and Terrance Chan. Registration is still going on at this point, so expect the numbers to swell a bit more before the final field is known.
The breakneck pace of the World Series of Poker Europe doesn’t slow down in the slightest as this week continues. A €10,000 “split format” (nine handed Day One, six handed Day Two and heads up after that) begins play tomorrow and a €1500 Six Handed Pot Limit Omaha tournament starts on Thursday (that one should have some action!). It all leads up to the start of the €10,000 WSOP-E Championship Event on Saturday, with a Ladies Event and the Caesars Cup battle filling out the remainder of the schedule.