On Thursday, Darko Stojanovic denied American poker pro Dan O'Brien his first bracelet, again, in Event #3: €5,300 Mixed Max. In the course of 53 hands, Stojanovic from France defeated the very experienced tournament player Dan O'Brien. O'Brien enjoyed a 3-1 chip when the cards were in the air, but the Stojanovic played very well and doubled up already in the second hand of the match. Stojanovic then dominated play until O'Brien needed a double up to stay in the game...
Stojanovic bet 34,000 on the button and O'Brien made the call. The flop came down 4Q6 and Stojanovic led out for 53,000. O'Brien raised to 130,000 and Stojanovic went all in. O'Brien made the call with A5 and Stojanovic turned over 77.
At this point, Stojanovic was 55.25% favourite to take home the pot (and the tournament). The J landed on the turn and O'Brien needed to hit an ace or a flush on the river (Win: 25%). The last card of the event was the 8 and O'Brien finished runner-up in a WSOPE event in France for the second time, with the first being a 2nd place finish in the €3,000 No Limit Hold'em - Shootout (Event #4) in Cannes last year.
Darko Stojanovic received his first gold bracelet and $188,160 while a disappointed O'Brien received $116,280. Better luck next time Mr. O'Brien!