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WSOP Day Eight: European Player Roundup

Jan Von Halle and Thor Hansen Rip up $5,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em But Europeans Fail to Take Bracelet in $5,000 World Championship Seven-Card Stud Tournament

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Day eight at the 38th World Series of Poker was a mixed one for the Europeans. With no representative at the final table of event 10, the $2,000 no-limit hold'em tournament, the main challenge was expected to come in event 11. Indeed, there were high hopes of another bracelet as three Euro players sat down to compete at the final table of the $5,000 world championship seven-card stud event.

However, it would ultimately end in disappointment and frustration for all three.

Marco Traniello, the on-form Italian, busted in eighth place but walked away with $19,458, his second WSOP cash this year.

Frenchman Oriane Teysseire hit the rail not long afterwards in seventh place for a payday of $27,072 while Dane Theo Jorgensen was eliminated in fifth place for $46,530.

Event 12, the $1,500 no-limit hold'em short-handed, saw a couple of European cashes, with Johannes Steindl making 64th place for $3,214, his second cash at this year's WSOP, while Dutchman Peter Dalhuijsen was out in 55th for $3,701.

The $5,000 world championship pot-limit hold'em tournament (event 13) saw plenty of familiar European faces among the 398 participants with Andy Black, Gus Hansen, David "Devilfish" Ulliott, John Gale, Max Pescatori, Roland De Wolfe, Katja Thater, Harry Demetriou, Ross Boatman, Barny Boatman, Thomas Wahlroos, Kirill Gerasimov, Michael Gracz, Bertrand "Elky" Grospellier, Jeff Lissandro, and Jan Von Halle all sitting down on day one.

It was Lissandro and Von Halle who led the charge, with the former catching a string of strong hands and getting paid off, and the latter busting out Michael Gracz.

Von Halle ended the day among the chip leaders on over $170,000 in chips and Lissandro will also return tomorrow with around $80,000 in chips. Notable bustees include Wahlroos, Demetriou, De Wolfe, Pescatori, Black, Hansen, Ulliott, and Gale.

Day one of the $1,500 seven-card stud tournament (event 14) saw 395 buy-ins and German Davood Mehrmand rising to chip leader towards the end of the day before falling back to under $10,000 in chips by the close of play. Thor Hansen sat on over $14,000 in chips as the tournament ended.

Still in the tournament going into day two was Max Pescatori, while Andy Black was eliminated.

Saturday, June 9 will see the final table of the $1,500 no-limit hold'em event, day two of the $5,000 world championship pot-limit hold'em tournament, the culmination of the $1,500 seven-card stud event, and the start of both the $1,500 no-limit hold'em game and the $2,500 H.O.R.S.E game.

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