Event #4: €3,250 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout ended up being a very thrilling 3-day tournament. The tournament attracted 141 players and Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Faraz Jaka and a few other big names got in the money. After several hours of final table action, the American poker pro Daniel O'Brien and Giovanni Rosadoni, from France, were playing heads-up for the title.
When the match began, O'Brien had the lead with 776,000 to Rosadoni's 501,000. After about two hours of heads-up play, Rosadoni was in front with 787k to O'Brien's 490k and the tournament director called it a day because the casino was closing at 5:00 AM.
Play resumed in the afternoon and Rosadoni picked up where he left off, and it didn't take long before he got O'Brien down low. O'Brien refused to give up, though. After a couple of double ups, the American poker pro was back in the lead and full of confidence. In fact, no one believed that Rosadoni, whose biggest score on record was for €9,000, would be able to get back on his feet after this and overcome such an experienced poker player as Daniel O'Brien.
Rosadoni stayed calm and focused after losing the lead, and he didn't seem to care who he was playing against. All that mattered to him was the title and the first place prize! It didn't take long before Rosadoni picked up a two kings and O'Brien AJ suited. Both players pushed their stacks towards the centre of the table before the flop. O'Brien picked up a flush draw on the flop, but neither the turn nor the river card was to any help and Rosadoni collected the big pot. Rosadoni had a slight lead after the double up, and the battle continued for about 40 minutes before the final hand was played.
O'Brien had just been knocked down to around 300,000 after losing with J9 to Rosadoni's J8 on the board KJ682 when he picked up KJ on the button and announced that he was all in. Rosadoni woke up to the QQ in the big blind and quickly made the call.
The dealer dealt the flop J92 and O'Brien picked up a pair of jacks. However, he was still behind the queens Rosadoni held. The turn was the 2 and O'Brien picked up a flush draw as well, but Rosadoni was still the big favourite to win the hand. The dealer burned a card and revealed the last card; 5. Rosadoni's queens had made it and Daniel O'Brien was eliminated in second place for €66,503. O'Brien stood from his chair to shake the hand of Rosadoni before leaving the casino. Giovanni Rosadoni received €107,614 for the win and became the second Frenchmen in WSOPE history to win a bracelet!
Final Table Results:
Place, Player, Prize
1 Giovanni Rosadoni €107,614
2 Dan O'Brien €66,503
3 John Monnette €48,177
4 Oleksii Kovalchuk €35,560
5 Adrien Allain €26,724
6 Paul Guichard €20,434
7 Roman Romanovskyi €15,890
8 Trond Aanensen €12,564
9 John Duthie €10,095
10 Valentin Messina €8,239