The 2011 World Series of Poker Europe has come to a close with the conclusion of the €10,400 Main Event Championship. It was an absolutely amazing series capped off by Elio Fox becoming victorious in the Main Event and earning the massive €1,400,000 first-place prize.
Back on Saturday, October 15, this prestigious event kicked off and 310 players came out for Day 1a. On Day 1b, another 283 players joined the mix to take the grand total of entrants all the way up to 593, easily making it the largest WSOP Europe Main Event in history. The amazingly large field generated a prize pool of €5,692,800 and the top 64 places were to be paid out. The eight players to make the final table would have a chance at €3,890,000 of that prize pool and coming into the final day, Elio Fox headed the bunch.
The first player eliminated on the day was Britain's Max Silver. He was followed out the door by Jake Cody, Shawn Buchanan, Dermot Blain, Brian Roberts and Moritz Kranich in that order, leaving just two players to duke it out for the bracelet.
The heads-up battle for the title came down to American Elio Fox and Brit Chris Moorman. When the match began, Fox held the lead with 11.095 million in chips to 6.72 million.
About 20 hands into heads-up play, Fox took a big chunk from the stack of Moorman. Fox had the button and he raised to 200,000. Moorman called. The flop came and Moorman checked to Fox who bet 250,000. Moorman took his time and raised the action to 625,000 and Fox made the call.
The turn was the interesting and Moorman kept up his momentum with a bet of 950,000. Fox remained seemingly unfazed with his fists clenched tightly underneath his mouth; he grabbed for chips and made the call.
The river was the even more interesting and Moorman pulled back on the brake a little bit with a check. Action moved to Fox and he also checked and we had a showdown. Fox showed the for the tiniest of flushes and Moorman mucked his hand.
On the final hand, Fox had the button and raised to 200,000 with the blinds at 50,000/100,000/10,000. Moorman three-bet to 430,000 and then Fox shoved all in. Moorman called it all off and it looked like he had a little over two million in chips left. He held the and was dominated by Fox's .
The flop was interesting with the falling. The turn brought the and gave Moorman some outs to a chop. When the river landed with the , it was all over with and Fox was the champion. For his finish in second place, Moorman took home €800,000.
Final Table Payouts
Congratulations to all of the winners and especially to Elio Fox for his victory in the 2011 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event. That wraps up PokerNews coverage from Cannes, France for this amazing series, but the WSOP still has one more event to finish off for 2011. Join us in a couple weeks for the WSOP Main Event November Nine live from Las Vegas, Nevada. We'll see you there!