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WSOP Day 16: European News Roundup

Cashes Continue for Europeans at World Series of Poker But Disappointment Levels for Most Remain Undiminished

The Amazon room was packed to capacity and the 38th World Series of Poker buzzed with anticipation on day 16 of the greatest poker event on earth.

The final table of event 24, the $3,000 world championship seven-card stud eight-or-better, hosted a star-studded lineup that included Scotty Nguyen, Eli Elezra, David Sklansky, Dutch Boyd, and Dane Thor Hansen.

Unfortunately for Hansen, his 9-9-4-4 was no match in a three-way spat with Nguyen and Sklansky and he was eliminated in sixth for $27,357. Elezra went on to beat Scotty Nguyen heads up to win his first bracelet and $198,984.

Event 25, the $2,000 no-limit hold'em tournament, was playing down to a final table on day two and the European interest was strong with CardPlayer Europe man Rolf Slotboom, Ross Boatman (fresh off a 10th-place finish in the $5,000 no-limit event the day before), Praz Banzi, and Martin Green all vying for the precious bracelet.

But it was not to be for them.

Slotboom went out 51st for $10,775, Boatman was gone in 20th for $17,827, Green was eliminated in 11th for $26,667, and Praz Banzi made the final table but soon exited, too, for a $26,667 payday.

Event 26, the $5,000 H.O.R.S.E. tournament, saw Austrian Marcus Golser, Briton John Kabbaj, Russian Alex Kravchenko, German Michael Keiner, and Frenchman David Benyamine reach the final stages of the game.

Kabbaj bubbled but Benyamine and Kravchenko have made the money.

Event 27, $1,500 no-limit hold'em, attracted over 2,300 players. Among those found in the huge field were William Thorson, Seigfried Stockinger, Padraig Parkinson, Ben Roberts, Dave Colclough, Barny Boatman, Pascal Perrault, Chris Bjorin, Neil Channing, Max Pescatori, Thomas Wahlroos, John Gale, Andy Black, Al Kelleher, and Anthony Cartwright.

The game moved at the speed of light and by the dinner break only 500-odd remained. Black, Perrault, Bjorin, Pescatori, Colclough, Boatman, Wahlroos, and Gale were all gone by then. After dinner but before the bubble, Channing, Parkinson, and Roberts met their demise.

Sunday, June 17, sees the final table of the $2,000 no-limit hold'em game, day two of the $1,500 no-limit event, and the final table of the $5,000 H.O.R.S.E. tournament. The $3,000 no-limit hold'em begins, as does the $1,500 seven-card razz.

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