Events #4: €3,200 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout, #5: €10,300 Split-Format No-Limit Hold'em and #6: €1,090 Pot-Limit Hold'em continued the 2011 World Series of Poker Europe marathon on Thursday, October 13th with one of the events announcing the winner whereas the other two were just getting underway. The €3,200 Shootout saw Tristan Wade being rewarded the gold bracelet after outplaying Michael Watson heads-up for the title. Event #5 featured a huge number of famous poker pros, some of which reached the final 16 and some had to give up their hopes of scoring the WSOP bracelet. Event #6 finished Day 1 with just 36 out of 339 players remaining at the tables and Nicolas Fierro leading the field.
Event #4: €3,200 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout – Wade Scores the Bracelet
Ten Players started the final day of the shootout event and it remained so for the first hour and a half until John Armbrust got busted by Taylor Paur when his pair of sixes could not stand against Paur's . Nine-handed play continued for another 90 minutes when Britain’s James Dempsey was obliged to leave the table. The classic France vs. Britain battle went Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier's way as his pair of nines busted Dempsey's pair of eights and sent the Englishman to the rail.
Out in seventh place was Emil Patel from the States who collected a cash prize of almost €30,000 and was soon joined by his fellow countryman Steve O'Dwyer who won just over €36,000 for his sixth place finish. From that moment Wade went all over the table collecting pots and soon gathered a chip stack of 1 million. A couple of players got busted by Michael Watson on the way including Grospellier in fifth place, Max Silver in fourth and finally Richard Toth in third place, and only Michael Watson remained to be left one on one with Wade.
Watson's efforts in sending his opponents off the table paid off as his stack was superior to Wade's when the game went heads-up. However, the difference wasn't that big and Wade showed nothing but confidence as the play went on and finally broke his opponent when Wade's busted Watson's with a board. Wade collected his first WSOP bracelet along with a cash prize of €182,048.
Here are the final standings:
Event #5: €10,300 Split-Format No-Limit Hold'em – Powell Leads
Day 2 of the 2011 WSOPE Event #5 saw 72 players coming back to the tables after the first day of the event. The leader after Day 1 was Dennis Bejedal with 153,700 in chips, however, he wasn't able to maintain his position and hit the rail midway through the day passing on the #1 spot to Brian Powell who finished the day in the lead with 484,000 chips
Only 16 players advanced to Day 3 of the event leaving a number of well-known poker pros behind. The event was actually packed with big names, which meant that there will be early casualties among the members of the club. One of the unfortunates was Ben Lamb who in just a few weeks will go back to Vegas to play for the 2011 WSOP Main Event honors. Lamb was pretty confident going all-in holding pocket kings, unfortunately for him Joseph Elpayaa had pocket aces and sent Lamb home early in the day. He was soon accompanied by another November Niner – Matt Giannetti who came into Day 2 as a short stack and got busted going all-in with pocket tens against ace-four.
Some of the other notable pros that had to leave the tables during Day 2 of the event were Phil Hellmuth, whose exit was accompanied by Tony G's comments: “You get biked? You leaving? Wow, that's so far to come and go out so early!” and Carlos Mortensen, Jonathan Duhamel,Viktor “Isildur1” Blom, Tom “durrrr” Dwan, Cliff “JohnnyBax” Josephy, Mike “Timex” McDonald, and Will “The Thrill” Failla.
Sixteen players that remained at the tables will come back to get paired and play heads-up against each other in order to advance to the next level. The event will not feature the final table, but rather a play-off which will crown the best heads-up player the winner of Event #5: €10,300 Split-Format No-Limit Hold'em.
Event #6: €1,090 Pot-Limit Hold'em – Day 1 in the Books
This is the event that should be nominated and would most likely win the award of the fastest drop-out crowd of the year. Only 10 percent of the players, or 36 out of 339, that started the day remained seated when the break for the night was announced. Nicolas Fierro was the name at the top of the chip counts with 131,700 chips in his stack. Fierro's performance was no surprise to those who saw him a few months back in Vegas where he recorded a third place finish in Event #24: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout for a cash prize of almost $200K and finished 34th in the Main Event for another $250,000.
However, it wasn't all about Fierro, the Welshman Roberto Romanello climbed to the top spot midway through Day 1 and remained there for a long time before he stepped down to the Chilean just before the day wrapped up. Top-class pro action was the day's entertainment as the event saw Jack Ellwood eliminate Daniel Negreanu and Sam Trickett in the first levels of the tournament. Ellwood then finished the day in ninth place with 66,000 chips.
Some other notable players to advance to Day 2 of Event #6 €1,090 Pot-Limit Hold'em were Victor Ramdin, Tommy Vedes, Carlos Mortensen, and Event #3 winner Steve Billirakis. They will all come back to play for the prize pool of almost half a million Euros with each of them already guaranteed a payout of at least €2,616.
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