On Friday, the first day of play took place at the 2013 World Series of Poker Europe. The first event was the €1,100 Ladies Event, and it attracted a field of 65 players. Following the completion of Day 1, Jackie Glazier led the final table. Glazier would ride her chip lead to victory on Saturday, earning the €21,850 top prize and her first WSOP gold bracelet.
Also on Friday, Event #2: €1,100 No-Limit Hold'em Reentry wrapped up its Day 1a. Leading the way was Niels Herrgodts, and 39 players advanced to Day 2.
Event #1: €1,100 Ladies Event
2013 WSOP Europe €1,100 Ladies Event Results
With eight players returning for Day 2, one of them had to go home empty-handed, but that didn't come without a tad bit of controversy at the end of Day 1.
Following Day 1, an idea was pitched to take €200 from each payout and give it to the person in eighth place, to which everyone agreed — everyone but Glazier, that is. With her chip lead heading into Day 2, Glazier declined the option because she felt it would not allow her to aggressively attack the bubble during eight-handed play, and this choice was well within her right.
Things only took 10 hands for the first elimination to occur, according to the WSOP.com live updates, and it was Anais Lerouge bubbling the event. Lerouge began the day in fifth chip position, but an exciting all-in confrontation with Marline Valente sent her home.
Lerouge had raised to 1,225 preflop with the blinds at 300/600/75, and Valente made the call out of the big blind to see the flop come down . Valente checked, Lerouge fired 1,350, and Valente check-raised to 4,300. Lerouge reraised all in, and Valente made the quick call holding the for an open-ended straight flush draw. Lerouge had the for bottom pair and the nut flush draw. The on the turn gave Valente the lead with a pair of tens, and the on the river kept her in front. Lerouge was eliminated while each of the seven other players locked up a payday of at least €3,200.
Just two hands later, 2012 WSOP Main Event 10th-place finisher Gaelle Baumann was eliminated. Baumann moved all in for 3,800 from early position and was called by Laurie Bismuth from the small blind. Baumann held the to Bismuth's . The flop, turn, and river ran out to give Bismuth a winning pair of nines. Baumann finished in seventh place for €3,200.
Next to go was Sherrie Lindsey-Jones in sixth place for €3,800, and she was followed to the payout desk by Nathalie Odet in fifth place (€8,950), Celine Bastian in fourth place (€6,330), and Bismuth in third place (€4,770).
Bismuth's elimination set up heads-up play between Glazier and Valente. When the duel began, it was Glazier with the lead. She held 113,500 in chips to Valente's 81,500 with the blinds at 400/800/100.
While the heads-up match began somewhat cautious, Valente took over the lead just over 20 hands in. Glazier did regain the chip lead, though, and then it was time for Hand #109 — the final hand of the tournament.
With the blinds at 500/1,000/100, Glazier opened to 2,500 on the button, only to have Valente move all in for approximately 90,000 from the big blind. Glazier quickly called with the , and she had Valente on the ropes with the . The board ran out , and that was all she wrote for Valente. She was eliminated in second place for €13,500, while Glazier was awarded the €21,850 top prize and her first WSOP gold bracelet.
Event #2: €1,100 No-Limit Hold'em Reentry
On Day 1a of Event #2: €1,100 No-Limit Hold'em Reentry, 261 players came out for action. That number was down from last year's 295 players on Day 1a of this same event, but still a strong showing. While Herrgodts led the way with 55,000 in chips, James Guinther (40,800), Jay Farber (36,000), and Tuan Le (32,500) all bagged healthy stacks.
While those players advanced in well-off fashion, poker juggernaut Phil Ivey wasn't able to survive. He busted on Day 1a, but will be able to reenter on Day 1b for another shot. Also eliminated on the day were Phil Hellmuth, Ryan Riess, Russell Thomas, Matthew Ashton, Nacho Barbero, and Loni Harwood.
Harwood tweeted that she got her last 20 big blinds in with the to an opponent's pocket nines. After flopping two more jacks for trips, Harwood lost out when he opponent went runner-runner to back into a flush. Barbero fell when he ran pocket tens into Quentin Jean Lecomte’s pocket aces, according to the WSOP.com live updates.
Day 1b will commence on Sunday at 12 p.m. local time as the 23013 WSOP Europe continues. Stay tuned to PokerNews for a recap of play.
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