On Saturday, the first WSOP gold bracelet of the 2013 World Series of Poker Europe (played in Paris) was awarded. Jackie Glazier bested a field of 65 players (included EPT Winner Liv Boeree, WSOP bracelet winner Allyn Jaffrey Schulman, and a few other poker stars) over the course of two days in Event #1: €1,100 Ladies Event to claim the victory, her first WSOP gold bracelet and a sweet €21,850.
Another 7 WSOP gold bracelets will be awarded at the 2013 World Series of Poker Europe before October 26th. We will do our outmost to write about all the bracelet winners and other notable happenings, so make sure to check out our news section every day!
The candidates for this year's European Poker Awards have now been revealed. One of the nominees is the high-stakes player Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom from Sweden. Blom is up against Jens Kyllönen, Chris Moorman and last year's winner Ilari Sahamies for the Internet Player of the Year award.
Day 3 of the World Poker Tour Mazagan (Morocco) main event is running at the moment and there are 20 players left out of 146. The average stack is 219,000 and the chip leader is Frederic Brunet with 360,500 chips.
Gaelle Baumann, who finished 10th in the 2012 WSOP main event, was eliminated a while ago, but there are still some familiar faces left with the chance of winning the first prize of $168,207! Just to mention 3 of them: Champions Club Members Davidi Kitai and Guillaume Darcourt, and the winner of the 2011 WSOP HORSE Championship ($609,130): Fabrice Soulier.
When about 50 players remained in the 2012 WSOP Main Event, Aussie David Balkin ended up in a heads-up duel against Gaelle Baumann from France. Before the river card had been dealt, Balkin had about 75% chance of taking home the pot with three of a kind 10s against Baumann's AJ (flush draw and straight draw). The river card gave Baumann the nut flush and Balkin moved all-in almost straight away. Baumann snapped called. Balkin took a quick look at Baumann's cards before heading to his friends in the crowd and celebrated. But in a matter of seconds someone said "You lost, bro!!" and Balkin realized his big mistake.
Day 6 of the 43 Annual World Series of Poker Main Event is now in the books. Erik Hellman from Sweden ended up as the last player to get eliminated (28th place for $236,921) before the tournament crew called it a day.
After five levels of action-filled poker, Day 3 of the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event came to an end with 720 remaining players. It started over 12 hours ago when 1,738 players returned to the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino with hopes of making it through the day, and Gaelle Baumann from France had the lead with 505,800 chips.
2,300 survivors from Day 1c played Day 2c today, and it took five 2-hour levels of play before the field had been narrowed down to about 900 players. Michael Hack (picture) finished the day with the largest stack (457,000), closely followed by Marco Bognanni (452,100).
Notables who made it through the day with healthy stacks include Jake Cody, Joseph Cheong, Ravi Raghavan, Ronnie Bardah, Ben Lamb, Antonio Esfandiari and Johnny Chan.
Both Day 1 a and b have now come to an end with approximately 900 survivors, who now will get to rest a bit before it's time for Day 3 to start. Among the survivors you'll find notable players such David Diaz, Eugene Katchalov, Maria Ho, Gavin Smith, Katie Dozier, Bernard Lee, Amnon Filippi, Dani Stern, Mike McDonald, Taylor Paur, Sammy Farha, Brock Parker, Jackie Glazier, David Pham, Gabe Kaplan, Kevin Pollak, Brian Hastings, Eric Baldwin and Faraz Jaka to name a few.