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WSOP Day 17: European Poker News

Europeans out in Force on Day 17 at the World Series of Poker But Bracelets Remain Elusive


Day 17 at the 38th World Series of Poker was relatively quiet on the European front, despite five events being played simultaneously.

The final table of event 25, the $2,000 no-limit hold'em tournament, had no European players. Martin Green and Praz Banzi were knocked out the previous night in 11th and 10th places, respectively, for $26,667 each. The event, and the $599,467 prize, was won by Ben Ponzio.

Event 26, the $5,000 H.O.R.S.E. tournament, saw Russian and recent bracelet winner Alex Kravchenko knocked out of the final table in ninth place for $14,438. Other Euro cashes included David Benyamine in 14th for $11,731 and John Kabbaj in 24th for $9,024.

Event 27, the $1,500 no-limit hold'em, entered day two with 135 players left but there was little European advancement to the final stages of the game. Anthony Cartwright from Britain cashed in 109th for $4,108

Event 28, the $3,000 no-limit hold'em, saw a wealth of European talent take to the felt including Dave "Devilfish" Ulliott, Ben Roberts, Paul Testud, Martin Green, Pascal Perrault, Ben Stern, John Shipley, Dave Colclough, Rolf Slotboom, Andy Black, John Gale, Jan Von Halle, Surindar Sunar, Kirill Gerasimov, Ian Woodley, Al Kelleher, Marcel Luske, Noah Boeken, Max Pescatori, Sigi Stockinger, Johannes Steindl, Bertrand Grosspellier, Thomas Wahlroos, and Rob Hollink.

The field thinned fast. Early casualties included Black, Sunar, Pescatori, Hollink, and Gale. Within a few hours, Colclough, Ulliott, Kelleher, Von Halle, Wahlroos, Slotboom, and Shipley were also gone.

Eighty-one players, who will all cash for at least $5,250, will return for day two, including Thormas Wahlroos and Johannes Steindl.

Event 29, the $1,500 seven-card razz tournament, saw a strong European showing in the form of Katja Thater, Donnacha O'Dea, Michael Keiner, Scott Kenyon, Marcel Luske, Barny Boatman, Chris Bjorin, Richard Brodie, Marco Traniello, Ben Battle, Max Pescatori, Thor Hansen, and Rob Hollink among the participants.

At the end of play Luske and Brodie were among the 170-odd returning on Monday, June 18.

Monday sees four events run concurrently: the final table of the $1,500 no-limit hold'em tournament, day two of the $3,000 no-limit hold'em event, day two of the $1,500 seven-card razz, and the start of the $2,500 no-limit hold'em six-handed.

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