After three days of exciting poker action, Giovanni Rosadoni has emerged victorious over the 141-player field to take home his first-ever World Series of Poker gold bracelet and €107,614 in prize money.
Yesterday, the 20 first-round winners returned to play with the plan to play down to a winner. All of those players were in the money and included such big names as Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Matt Stout, Faraz Jaka and Mohsin Charania. Unfortunately for those five players, and a few others, they couldn't make the final table.
When the field was cut down to 10, it was time for everyone to redraw to the official final table. First eliminated was Valentin Messina, and he was followed out the door by John Duthie. Trond Aanensen, Roman Romanovskyi, Paul Guichard and Adrien Allain fell in eighth, seventh, sixth and fifth place, respectively, before leaving the final four players.
Among the final group were two WSOP bracelet winners, Oleksii Kovalchuk and John Monnette, another big name in Dan O'Brien and the unknown amateur Rosadoni.
Kovalchuk was first to fall in fourth place for €35,560 after his lost to O'Brien's . Then, Monnette went out in third place, also at the hands of O'Brien. His couldn't out-race the for O'Brien. That left O'Brien and Rosadoni heads up, and, when the match began, O'Brien had the lead with 776,000 in chips to Rosadoni's 501,000.
After approximately two hours of heads-up play, the two were forced to halt the match for the night as the casino was closing at 5:00 AM. When it ended, Rosadoni was in front with 787,000 to O'Brien's 490,000.
At 3:00 PM today, the two returned to continue the duel and to find a winner. Rosadoni seemed to pick up right where he left off. He got O'Brien down low, but then a comeback was in order. After a couple double ups, O'Brien snatched the lead back and put his foot on the gas. He ground Rosadoni down low once again, but could never finish.
Rosadoni stayed tough, though, and then found a big double with pocket kings when they held against O'Brien's . From there, it was all Rosadoni as he closed the door more and more with every hand.
On the final hand, O'Brien was all in preflop with the . Rosadoni seemed to always have it and did again this time with the . Despite flopping a pair of jacks and turning a flush draw, O'Brien was eliminated as the board ran out . He earned €66,503.
Prior to this run, Rosadoni's largest and only score on record was for €9,000. He has topped that by a lot more after winning this event for €107,614.
Final Table Results
Although this event has come to a conclusion, the PokerNews WSOP Europe coverage isn't over. It's currently Day 2 of Event #5: €10,450 Mixed Max - No-Limit Hold'em and Day 1 of Event #6: €1,650 Six-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha, so be sure to head over there to see what's going on.