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World Series of Poker Europe -- Jeffrey Lisandro Wins Event No. 2

Lisandro Wins Fifth Gold Bracelet to Join Ungar, Ferguson, Forrest on Career Bracelet List

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Jeffrey LisandroThe hot start at the 2010 World Series of Poker Europe continued on Saturday when Jeffrey Lisandro topped 119 opponents to win event No. 2 (₤5,250 pot-limit Omaha). He was awarded ₤159,514 in prize money, but more importantly he added to his impressive gold bracelet collection, claiming a fourth in just over a year’s time, and five for his career.

Lisandro took home three bracelets last summer in Las Vegas en route to winning WSOP Player of the Year and he won his first bracelet in 2007. He joins poker legend Stu Ungar and contemporary stars like Ted Forrest, Allen Cunningham, and Chris Ferguson in the five-bracelet club.

The final day welcomed back 15 players in the tournament and Steve Jelinek (15th place), Sam Stein (14th place), Sean Dempsey (13th place), Erik Friberg (12th place), Michael Schwartz (11th place), and Andrew Miles (10th place) busted along the way to the final table. Chris Bjorin just missed a second consecutive final table in London this week when he fell in ninth place. The London professional took third place in event No. 1 (₤2,650 six-handed no-limit hold’em) a few days earlier.

Here is how the impressive lineup stacked up when play began at the official final table:

Seat 1: Jeff Madsen
Seat 2: Felipe Ramos
Seat 3: Joseph Serock
Seat 4: John Racener
Seat 5: Jeff Kimber
Seat 6: Willie Tann
Seat 7: Jeff Lisandro
Seat 8: Karl Mahrenholz

Jeff Kimber was the first player to fall from the final eight when he moved all in on a J-5-4 flop with two diamonds. Lisandro moved all in over the top of him and everyone else mucked. Their cards:

Kimber: JClub Suit 10Heart Suit 8Diamond Suit 7Heart Suit
Lisandro: ADiamond Suit AClub Suit 5Heart Suit 5Club Suit

Turn and River: 8Club Suit and 7Diamond Suit

Kimber took home ₤18,564 in eighth place and Willie Tann doubled up after that to cripple Felipe Ramos. It was then Ramos’ turn to double up, twice, and he survived until the dinner break. Ramos had made it past the dinner with some flair, but his flame burned out shortly after the final seven players returned from the break and he busted in seventh place (₤23,478). He ran into a boat that Joseph Serock filled up on the river after the two players got all of their chips in on the flop.

The elimination gave Serock 345,000 in chips, but he was in a distant second to Lisandro, who had begun to pull away from the field with 580,000. Sixth place was a short matter to resolve, with Karl Mahrenholz taking home ₤30,192 after busting. Serock closed the gap against Lisandro on the hand, scoring a second elimination, this time with trip nines. His stack grew to 640,000 at one point during his reign as the chip leader during a lengthy five-handed battle. That reign came to an end when November Nine member John Racener doubled up through Serock with a full house and restored parity amongst the final-five contenders.

After another flurry of skirmishes Racener busted out of the tournament in fifth place (₤39,486). He builds momentum towards November with the final-table appearance, but he missed his first gold bracelet by a few spots. Lisandro was the grim reaper for Racener and he took back the chip lead with 670,000 thanks to a pair of kings.

Another big-name fell next, when former WSOP Player of the Year Jeff Madsen took a stand with 10Spade Suit 8Club Suit 7Heart Suit 6Club Suit on a QClub Suit 8Diamond Suit 2Diamond Suit flop. Serock made the call with KHeart Suit KSpade Suit 7Club Suit 4Club Suit and after that the turn and river fell 3Club Suit and JDiamond Suit. Madsen was awarded ₤52,542 in fourth place.

Tann has had an impressive first week at the 2010 WSOP Europe. He took sixth place in event No. 1 (₤2,650 six-handed no-limit hold’em) and won ₤23,900. He added another ₤71,184 by taking place third place on Saturday. On his final hand, Tann was all in preflop against Lisandro. Their cards:

Tann: AHeart Suit KHeart Suit KDiamond Suit 6Heart Suit
Lisandro: AClub Suit 10Club Suit 7Diamond Suit 5Heart Suit

Board: QDiamond Suit 7Club Suit 5Diamond Suit 3Spade Suit 7Spade Suit

Tann exited the field and a heads-up showdown between Serock and Lisandro delivered high drama early when the two got it all in and they each made a Broadway straight on the river to chop a huge pot. Lisandro took the lead a short time later, only to fall behind again. He then doubled up and it was Serock who then found himself on the wrong side of the 1.36 million-to-440,000 score board. He didn’t wait too long to try and change things and when he moved all in preflop Lisandro was waiting to make the call. Their cards:

Lisandro: ASpade Suit QSpade Suit 6Spade Suit 2Club Suit
Serock: KSpade Suit 7Spade Suit 6Heart Suit 5Heart Suit

Board: JHeart Suit 9Spade Suit 8Diamond Suit 2Diamond Suit JSpade Suit

Serock took home ₤98,262 in prize money as the runner up and Lisandro won ₤159,514 and his fifth gold bracelet.

Final-Table Results:

1: Jeffrey Lisandro — ₤159,514
2: Joseph Serock — ₤98,262
3: Willie Tann — ₤71,184
4: Jeff Madsen — ₤52,542
5: John Racener — ₤39,486
6: Karl Mahrenholz — ₤30,192
7: Felipe Ramos — ₤23,478
8: Jeff Kimber — ₤18,564

The next WSOP Europe gold bracelet will go to the winner of event No. 3 (₤1,075 no-limit hold’em). You can check out a recap of the final table on Card Player after the conclusion of the tournament. Live updates from the ₤10,350 no-limit hold’em main event will begin on Thursday, Sept. 23.