The €10,400 Main Event Championship of the 2011 World Series of Poker Europe finished off the amazing series when Elio Fox took down the victory and a first place prize of €1,400,000. It all started on Saturday, October 15th, when 310 players entered on Day 1a and Day 1b brought 283 more players into the mix for a total of 593 players. This is easily the largest WSOP Europe Main Event in the history of this prestigious tournament.
Eight players made the final table and had the chance to win a piece of the €3,890,000 prize pool that remained; the total prize pool of the main event was €5,692,800.
Going into the final day found Elio Fox at the top of the chip stacks with 3,990,000 and he managed to take it all the way to the top. Britain's Max Silver was the first player eliminated from the final table when he ran into Chris Moorman's against his . The board ran out and Max Silver left in 8th place with €115,000.
Jake Cody, another British player, won his first WSOP gold bracelet earlier this year and was next to go when he tangled with Fox's against Cody's . Poker isn't always pretty, but that view depends on who is holding the winning hand at the river. So it was with Fox when the board brought the and pocket tens turned into a straight. Jake Cody took home €150,000 for his finish.
The Card Fairy wasn't smiling on Shawn Buchanan when he put his last chips in with the against Dermot Blain's . The flop brought more outs than the law allows in Blain's favor when it came - he needed a 5 for a straight or a diamond for a flush. The turn was a blank and the river brought the . Buchanan took home €200,000 for his 6th place finish.
Buchanan had an amazing WSOP Europe, finishing 29th in the €2,500 6-Max No-Limit Hold'em for €5,789, 14th in the €5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha for €14,147 and second in the €10,000 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em for €207,624.
Dermot Blain went out in 5th place when he ended up all-in with the against the of Brian Roberts. Both players were paired when the flop brought the acqc2d, but the 9h on the turn and 2c on the river ended the tournament for Blain. He had to settle for the €275,000 prize.
Roberts was next to leave the competition after he lost a lot of his chips in key hands to both Fox and Moorman. He called all-in with from the big blind when Moorman shoved with from the small blind. The board was a heart breaker for Roberts when it brought him top pair on the flop and then crushed him on the river - . He left with €400,000 in prize money.
Moritz Kranich was in the hunt to become the second German player to win a WSOP Europe gold bracelet behind Thomas Bihl AND earn poker's Triple Crown, but he ran into Fox. It started out with a min raise from Fox and Kranich reraised all-in from the small blind. Fox made the call and turned over to Kranich's .
The flop brought the possibility of a straight for Kranich when it peeled off with the . But the on the turn brought no help and the on the river ended it. Kranich left in 3rd place with €550,000.
Then they were heads-up - American Elio Fox and Brit Chris Moorman. Fox had 11.095 million in chips to Moorman's 6.72 million.
Not only was there a difference of €600,000 in prize money, there was more going on that needs to be noted. Moorman had a chance to become number one on the WSOP Player-of-the-Year leaderboard and taking first place would put him there. And 2010 Champion James Bord was sweating the outcome also. Before the Main Event in Cannes, Bord said, "I don't think an American can win the bracelet; Europeans are now far superior. We used to look up to the U.S. players back in the day, but those days are now long gone. I'm prepared to put my money where my mouth is and refund any losing bets up €500 if an American wins."
Bord is giving a refund of any bet up to €500 that was made on Matchbook.com if an American won the Main Event.
Fox took a chunk from Moorman's stack about 20 hands into heads-up play when they danced chips into the pot with raises and calls on a flop of . The turn brought the with Moorman raising to 625,000 after facing a bet from Fox of 250,000 - Fox called the raise. The river was the and both players checked. Fox turned over for a baby flush and Moorman mucked. Fox never slowed down after that, applying pressure every step of the way.
The final hand found Moorman all-in with ah7s to Fox's ac10s. The board ran out with the 6s4s3h6d8h to give Fox the championship and Moorman €800,000 for his 2nd place finish. Congratulations Elio!
Final Table Payouts
Ben Lamb has the WSOP Player of the Year locked up, no matter where he finishes at the WSOP Main Event final table in November. And Bord must pay up to all who made bets at Matchbook.com.
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