Team partypoker pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier recently secured his second WSOP bracelet after outlasting a field of 2,738 players in the WSOP Europe Colossus €550 buy-in event in Rozvadov for €190,375. This latest win takes his lifetime live poker tourney earnings to nearly $14 million.
The French poker pro shares his sentiments about his latest victory with partypoker.
None other than maple syrup lover Daniel Negreanu was the last man standing in the WSOPE High Roller event which concluded today after three days of intense battle. The first place gave Negreanu €725,000 in prize money and yet another WSOP bracelet (his sixth WSOP bracelet in total).
The High Roller final table kicked off with Negreanu dead last which he explained to WSOP.com: "I honestly felt like I was going to win [the event] the whole time," Negreanu admitted. "The thing was I played the Main Event earlier and I sat with 10-15 big blinds the whole tournament. I was fighting it, but I ended up getting knocked out 25th. Then I thought to myself, 'Eight big blinds? How are they gonna knock me out again?' And once I doubled up and was at about 20 [big blinds]...once I was back in the mix and I doubled up again, I saw the faces, I saw the people looking around. I could sense it and I felt like, here it is, my opportunity to win this thing".
The heads-up between Negreanu and Nicolau Villa-Lobos reached its deciding moment when Villa-Lobos went all in holding a pocket of 5's ( [5d] [5c] ) while Negreanu called and showed a pocket of J's ([Jd] [Js] ).
The flop: [Qd] [9h] [2d]
The turn: [Kd]
The river: [3c]
The WSOPE High Roller top 8 finishers: 1st: Daniel Negreanu – Canada - €725,000 2nd: Nicolau Villa-Lobo – Brazil - €450,000 3rd: Philipp Gruissem – Germany - €250,000 4th: David Peters – USA - €150,500 5th: Timothy Adams – Canada - €100,600 6th: Scott Seiver – USA - €74,600 7th: Jason Koon – USA - €63,500 8th: Erik Seidel – USA - €55,400
The final table is very, very close now. At the moment 11 players have chips left, including Phil Hellmuth who leads the pack with a 2.8 million stack. Another 3 players need to be eliminated before the final table is set and the tournament goes on a break until tomorrow.
The remaining 11 players are guaranteed €52,416 each, the 8 finalists will be guaranteed €84,672 each - with the chance of taking home an amazing €1,022,376 first place prize.
On Wednesday, France finally got its first World Series of Poker Europe bracelet winner and, even better, it occured on home soil. Roger Hairabedian outlasted a field of 96 players in Event #3: €5,300 Pot-Limit Omaha in Cannes, France. Besides the title and becoming a part of history, he received a cheque of €142,590!
His name might not be a familiar to many, but he has been around the poker scene for many years and cashed in several major tournaments. His biggest cash was back in 2008 when he won Grand Prix de Paris for €419,520. In 2010 he finished 7th in the EPT Grand Final Main Event for €200k, and about a year ago he placed 5th in Partouche Poker Tour Main Event for €230k. In total, his lifetime live tournament winnings are $3.5 million.
Event #5: €10,450 Mixed Max (nine handed on Day 1; six handed on Day 2; and then heads-up for the final 16) kicked off yesterday with 96 players. After eight levels of play, 52 of them had chips left and Jennifer Tilly had the largest pile of chips in front of her. In total, she accumulated an amazing 218,500 chips during the day - about 90k more than her closest opponent, Faraz Jaka. Apart from Jaka and Tilly, big names such as Marvin Rettenmair (109k), Michael Mizrachi (89,7k) and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (82,5k) finished Day 1 with plenty of chips as well.
Day 2 of the tournament starts later today and it will defintely be a very exciting day of poker because only 16 of the remaining players will receive their share of the €921,600 prize pool. The winner will take home €258,047 while the runner-up will get €159,459. We will be back with another update tomorrow morning.
On Tuesday, the fifth day of World Series of Poker Europe in Cannes, France was played and it turned out to be a very thrilling day of poker. Antonio "The Magician" Esfandiari, the winner of the biggest buy-in tournament in history (Big One For One Drop), defeated a field of 626 to capture the title of Event #2: €1,1000 No-Limit Holdem (€126,207). This was Esfandiari's third WSOP bracelet, and he now has the WSOP Player of the Year lead.
When the final table of the WSOP Europe Cannes Main Event was about to start yesterday Elio Fox, from New York, was in a big lead with about 3,9 million chips, and in second place was no one else than Jake Cody, from UK, with 2,6 million. The other 6 players, most of them with over $2m in tournament winnings, also had plenty of chips to gamble with, so it was very hard to foresee a winner.
The field has been narrowed down even further as another day of the WSOP Europe Main Event is over. The 25 remaining players will now fight for a seat at the final table where some serious cash is up for grabs. Leading the field is Max Silver, from UK, with 1,769,00, and close behind him his fellow counterman Chris Moorman with 1,769,000 chips.
After 9 levels of play in the LE Cannes Croisette Casino, the field of 180 players had been squeezed down to a final table with 9 players. In a big lead is no one else than Sam Trickett with 713,500 chips. Trickett, from UK, has had a fantastic tournament year with 2 big cashes at Aussie Millions in January, and in total he has won over $3 million dollars this year. If Trickett takes home this final table today, he will take home another €238k!
But it won't be a walk in the park for the British poker pro as there are some amazing players on the final table today. One player that most probably will be his toughest opponent though is Ramzi Jelassi from Sweden. Jelassi has been around the live tournament scene since 2005 and has managed to take down quite a few tournaments all over the globe.
Viktor Blom (Isiludur1 according to many) and Phil Ivey were the 2 big favorites to reach the final table (and even to win the tournament) when Day 4 of the WSOPE London Main Main Event started yesterday. Even though both of them played very good during during day 4, it still wasn't enough and neither of them made it to the final table.
Below are the 9 players who will sit down at the final table today and fight for some serious cash. You might recognize Roland de Wolfe, the English poker pro, among the finalists. Roland has a WSOP Bracelet, an EPT and a WPT title since before and he's the poker player with most experience on the final table.
The WSOPE London High Roller event attracted a field of 103 players who could afford the buy-in of £10,350. Many of these 103 players were big names in the poker world. To mention a few, Viktor Blom (Isildur1 according to many), Huck Seed, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey, Gus Hansen and Erik Sagström. All of them, except the swedes Viktor Blom and Erik Sagström, are among the 32 players who will return to play Day 2 today.
120 players took part in the WSOPE London £5,250 PLO event and created a prize pool of £600,000. The tournament began on Thursday and finished on Saturday night. Jeffrey Lisandro, the Italian poker pro, played fantastic poker from day 1 to the final table, where he continued playing killer poker and defeated Joe Serock in heads-up. For the win he received his 5th WSOP bracelet and £159,000.
Jeffrey Lisandro has been around for quite some time now, however, it was during last WSOP, when he won 3 bracelets, that he really made a name for himself. Lisandro is one of a very few players in the world who has a WSOP bracelet and a WSOPE bracelet.
Phil Laak has recovered very fast from the quad bike accident a few months ago, and he has also been doing very well at the poker tables. However, his first big win since the accident came yesterday when he took home the first event of 6 at WSOPE London - his first ever WSOPE (World Series of Poker Europe) win. At the moment Phil is playing Event #2 of WSOPE London and he' doing fine so far. He's one of the 49 last men standing in the tournament, however, he's far from the top of the field where notables such as Barry Greenstein, Chris Bjorin, Erik Friberg and Jeff Madsen are battling with big stacks.
Click here to read more about Phil Laak's quad bike accident.
On Tuesday it's finally time for the 2010 World Series Of Poker Europe. The first stop on the tour will take place at the Empire Casino in London where 5 events will be played in 15 days. The most interesting of these events will for sure be the Main Event (£10,350 buy-in) on September 23. Many notables are expected to take part in the Main Event and hopefully some of them make it to the final table on September 28.
Here is the schedule for the first stop on the tour:
Just as 2010 WSOP kicks off, the organizers have decided to release the tournament schedule for the 2010 World Series of Poker Europe. The tournament will, as usual, take place in London and 5 events will be played between 14-28 September. Lots of interesting high stakes games and side events are to expect as well. Well, let's enjoy 2010 WSOP for now!
Tuesday 14 September Event #1: £2 500 NLH 6-handed Thursday 16 September Event #2: £5 000 PLO Friday 17 September Event #3: £1 000 NLH Tuesday 21 September Event #4: £10 000 NLH High Roller Heads-Up Thursday 23 September Event #5: £10 000 WSOPE Championship NLH
World Poker Tour Borgata attracted a huge starting field this year. Maybe because of the low buy-in, or maybe because not so many stars decided to play this time. Many of the bigger names are instead playing World Series of Poker Europe in London at the moment.
Whatever the reason might be for so many participants this time, the tournament is now down to the 6 players below who are going to play the final table. No notable names as you can see, but it will be a very entersting to see whether the big chip leader, Olivier Bisquet, from New York, can manage to keep the big lead and get another great result this year (311th place in 2009 WSOP Main Event).
Olivier Busquet - 10,350,000 Yanick Brodeur - 5,780,000 Ivan Mamuzic - 5,655,000 Jeremy Brown - 5,480,000 Keith Crowder - 2,750,000 Kenny Nguyen - 600,000
Today is the beginning of WSOPE which is the European version of The World Series of Poker. The first event is a NL Holdem event with a buy in of £1575. This series is going to go on until the 2nd October and before the main event get started at the 27th of September another two events will be played. Read more » 2008 WSOPE Starts Today
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