The 2013 World Series of Poker Europe continued on Thursday with the final day of Event #3: €5,300 Mixed Max No-Limit Hold'em and Event #4: €1,650 Pot-Limit Hold'em, Day 2 of Event #5: €2,200 No-Limit Hold'em, and Day 1 of Event #6: €3,250 Mixed Max Pot-Limit Omaha.
Capturing the first bracelet was Frenchman Darko Stojanovic, who came back from a three-to-one chip deficit to defeat Dan O'Brien in Event #3.
Event #3: €5,300 Mixed Max No-Limit Hold'em
Only two players returned for the final day of Event #3, and Stojanovic doubled on the second hand. The Frenchman defended his big blind, then check-raised on a flop of . O'Brien called, the turn brought the , and Stojanovic moved all in for roughly a pot-sized bet. O'Brien tanked for a considerable amount of time before calling with , which trailed Stojanovic's . The completed the board to give Stojanovic a full house for kicks and giggles, and the match was suddenly even.
O'Brien battled back, grabbing a handful of small pots, but then Stojanovic bluffed O'Brien out of a large pot. Stojanovic moved all in for 533,000 on a board of , again for roughly a pot-sized bet, and O'Brien opted to fold. Neither of the players tabled their hands, but we learned via the live stream that Stojanovic moved all in with and O'Brien folded .
Stojanovic took a small lead in the 21st hand when he counterfeited O'Brien. The American turned aces and tens, the Frenchman only had a pair of aces with an ace-kicker, but the river paired the jack on board. O'Brien was noticeably upset with the river card, and would never have the lead again.
On the final hand, O'Brien defended his big blind then check-raised on a flop of . Stojanovic moved all in, O'Brien called, and the hands were opened.
Stojanovic's sevens held up as the turn and river bricked , respectively, and O'Brien exited in second.
After the win, Stojanovic said that he is headed to Disneyland - not because he won though, rather he promised his kids he would take them on Saturday.
Event #4: €1,650 Pot-Limit Omaha
Since making the 2012 Octo-Nine, Jeremy Ausmus has recorded 11 WSOP cashes and made two final tables, finishing fifth in the accumulator event at WSOP Asia Pacific, and eighth in the WSOP National Championship. He also finished third in the $3,000 mixed max event in Las Vegas.
This was Ausmus’ third final table appearance, and after roughly nine hours of grueling poker, he earned his first gold bracelet. The American cash-game-grinder defeated Juha Helppi heads up after starting at a two-to-one chip disadvantage, earning €70,324 for his victory. He now has nearly $3.6 million in career lifetime earnings.
2013 WSOPE Event #4 Results
|6||Mike “Luca” Schwartz||USA||€13,077|
According to WSOP.com, Mike Schwartz was eliminated in the seventh hand of play on Day 3, moving all in on a flop of . Ausmus, who led out for a pot-sized bet, made the call with , which had Schwartz’s in bad shape. Ausmus’ hand held up as the turn and river came , respectively, and Schwartz hit the rail in sixth place.
Australia’s Martin Kozlov was unable to bring a second WSOPE bracelet down under, exiting in fifth place. He was all in and at risk on a flop of , holding against Helppi’s . The on the turn didn’t change anything, and Kozlov was eliminated after the bricked off on the river.
Jason Mercier did everything he could to spin up a stack – first place was worth €130,000 more to him than his opponents because of the side bets he made with Phil Ivey – but he was never unable to string together a few meaningful pots. On his final hand, the two-time bracelet winner moved all in on a flop of , and Helppi called. Mercier tabled for a pair of aces, Helppi showed for a pair of queens and a flush draw, and the on the turn gave the Finn a flush. Mercier needed an ace or a deuce on the river to survive, but the was a brick, and he hit the rail.
Helppi had a big lead at the start of three-handed play, but Jan-Peter Jachtmann doubled through him. Suddenly Ausmus was on the short stack, but then he too doubled through Helppi. The Finn was suddenly the shortest player at the table, and then he too found a double, but through Ausmus. All three players traded chips back and forth until Jachtmann called an all-in bet from Helppi on a flop of . Helppi held for two pair, which was ahead of Jachtmann’s . The German found no help on the turn () or the river () and was eliminated in third place.
Helppi started heads-up play with a more than two-to-one chip advantage, but Ausmus doubled up on the 10th hand. The American was still short, but a few hands later he flopped top set against the Finn’s nut-flush draw, and doubled a second time. Suddenly the stacks evened out, and after dozens of hands of small ball, Ausmus eliminated Helppi.
On the final hand, four bets went in on a flop of , and Helppi was all in and at risk with . Ausmus held trip tens with an ace kicker as well, but his was also good for a flush draw. The turn wasn’t a heart, but the gave Ausmus a full house. The bricked off on the river, and the tournament was all over.
Congratulations to Ausmus on shipping his first bracelet. Helppi, who has now finished runner-up in two WSOP events, will have to wait for another day for gold.
Event #5: €2,200 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 2 of Event #5 began with 102 players, but after 10 levels of play, only seven remain. Leading the survivors is eight-time WSOP bracelet winner Erik Seidel, who bagged 711,000 chips – more than a third of the chips in play. According to WSOP.com, Laurent Polito five-bet jammed for 108,000 during the last level of play and Seidel, the four-bettor, called. Seidel’s crushed Polito’s , and the kings held up as the flop, turn, and river came .
Joining Seidel on the final day will be, among others, bracelet winners Roger Hairabedian and Max Greenwood, and Mike Watson.
Seidel is in search of his ninth-career bracelet, which would tie him with Phil Ivey and Johnny Moss.
The day began with 102 players, but only 36 would make the money. Falling short of a guaranteed €3,345 pay day were Andrei Konopelko, Jeff Gross, John Juanda, and Event #1 winner Jackie Glazier,
The bubble burst in Level 12 when Pascal Rabany got his three big blinds in the middle with . Jason Mann put him at risk with , and Rabany was bounced when the board rolled out .
By making the money, 13-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth earned his 100th WSOP cash. Unfortunately, Hellmuth was unable to parlay the cash into his 50th final table appearance or his 14th bracelet, and was eliminated by Ariel Celestino.
James Dempsey was also eliminated in the money when he was dealt a horrific bad beat in a massive pot. After a preflop raising war, Dempsey was all in and at risk for just under 100,000 with pocket tens. Polito had him at risk with off-suit, and Polito made two pair. Dempsey was suddenly eliminated, while Polito rocketed to the top of the counts.
He was eventually eliminated by Seidel, as we detailed above.
Other players who busted in the money include Daniel Weinman, Jonathan Duhamel, Sam Greenwood, Jeff Rossiter, Lee Markholt, and Jonathan Little.
Before play ended for the evening, a final table was formed, but two players busted. Arnaud Peyroles and the aforementioned Celestino were eliminated in ninth (€13,989) and eighth (€17,521) respectively.
Play will resume on Friday at 1 p.m., and the action will be streamed on WSOP.com.
Event #6: €3,250 Mixed Max Pot-Limit Omaha
Event #6 kicked off on Thursday, attracting a field of 127 players and generating a total prize pool of €373,380. Leading the 29 survivors is Finnish pro Aku Joentausta, who bagged 124,500 chips. According to WSOP.com, during the last level of the night he knocked out Ralf Bussman in a massive pot. The Finn made a full house with on a board of , pushing him above the six-figure threshold. Only one other player, Raj Vohra (110,000), bagged more than 100,000, finishing the day with 110,000.
Other players who survived the day include Noah Schwartz (67,400), Phil Laak (62,700), Tommy Vedes (54,500), Dan Shak (47,900), Philipp Gruissem (47,400), WSOP Player of the Year leader Matthew Ashton (35,700), Bruno Fitoussi (33,600), and Dan Kelly (24,300).
Among the players who did not survive the day were Phil Ivey, John Juanda, Jason Lavallee, Davidi Kitai, Scott Clements, Nacho Barbero, and the newest bracelet winner, Jeremy Ausmus. Ausmus hopped into the event immediately after winning Event #4, but was unable to run up a stack and hit the rail courtesy of Gruissem.
The top 15 players will receive a minimum of €6,305, while €104,540 and the gold bracelet are reserved for the winner of the event.
Play will resume on Friday at 1 p.m. local time.
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