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Danes, Irish, Brits, and Poles Provide Euro Interest at the World Series of Poker Final Tables

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Day 15 at the 38th World Series of Poker saw significant Euro interest across all events. Event 22, the $5,000 no-limit hold'em saw Brit Stuart Fox, Pole Michael Gracz and Dane Jan Sorensen reach the final table.

Gracz was first out, earning $43,684, when he pushed his short stack all in preflop with 9 9 but could not beat Q Q.

Sorensen was eliminated in seventh, earning $81,343, when his A-A was cracked by Michael Binger's 10-10.

Euro hopes were then resting on Stuart Fox. He played a sly game, inching his way through the field before getting heads-up with 21 year-old James Mackey. He was at a greater than 10-to-1 chip disadvantage, though, and will be disappointed at not getting a bracelet again (he has second- and third-place finishes from 2006). He won $448,892.

Event 23, the $1,500 pot-limit Omaha, saw Andy Black, the recent winner of the Omaha event at the Irish Open and finalist at both the Aussie Millions and EPT Monte Carlo, make his first final table of the Series.

Andy started the final table fifth in chips but could only muster seventh place as his K K 6 4 did not improve against William Durkee's A A A K. He received $22,408 for his efforts and winner Scott Clements got $194,206.

Thor Hansen and Marcel Luske both proceeded to the final day of the $3,000 world championship seven-card stud eight-or-better, which will play out on Saturday , June 16. They will be joined by old school American icons Mike Sexton, Scotty Nguyen, and David Sklansky.

Event 25, the $2,000 no-limit hold'em, saw a healthy European turnout among the 1,619 aspiring bracelet winners.

Included in the field were Carlo Citrone, Ross Boatman, Dave Colclough, Dave "Devilfish" Ulliott, Katja Thater, Iwan Jones, Julian Gardiner, Jan Von Halle, Surindar Sunar, Praz Bansi, and Martin Green.

Eliminated in early-to-mid tournament were Colclough, Sunar, Jones, and Ulliott (who told his table he wanted to go out on the town that night). Thater also railed in late position.

Event 26, the $5,000 H.O.R.S.E., saw a pro-heavy field of 192 that included Europeans Marco Traniello, Ben Roberts, Max Pescatori, Jeff Lisandro, and David Benyamine.

Saturday , June 16, sees the final table of the $3,000 world championship seven-card stud eight-or-better tournament, as well as day two of the $2,000 no-limit hold'em event and day two of the $5,000 H.O.R.S.E. game. Day one of the $1,500 no-limit hold'em event begins.

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