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WSOP Day 18: European News Roundup

Thater Holds Euro Hopes in Razz as Hold'em Threat Disintegrates

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Day 18 of the 38th World Series of Poker proved quiet on the European front with only a small clutch of players competing in the four events at the Rio.

The final table of the $1,500 no-limit hold'em tournament (event 27) played out with no European representative, despite dozens of hopefuls among the field of 2,315. David Stucke won the $603, 069 and a bracelet.

Thomas Wahlroos put in a strong showing in the $3,000 no-limit hold'em event (event 28) finishing 14th for $19,173 but no European made it to the final table.

The $1,500 seven-card razz (event 29) was characterized by its slow structure and featured Donnacha O'Dea, Katja Thater, John Kabbaj, Marcel Luske and Richard "Quiet Lion" Brody. O'Dea and Luske busted out after a few hours play that had been interrupted by a "medical emergency" of an unspecified nature.

Thater had a storming start to the day, which helped her surge all the way to the final table on $117,500 and she will return as an average stack to make her bracelet attempt.

The $2,500 no-limit hold'em sixhanded (event 30) saw a surprisingly small European outing, including Rory Mathews, Andy Black, Ian Frazier, "Mad" Marty Wilson, Carlo Citrone, Roland De Wolfe, Dave Colclough, Ram Vaswani, and Chris Bjorin.

All but Chris Bjorin (43rd place, for $5,260), Ian Frazier (62nd, for $3,057), Paul McCaffrey (63rd, $3,057) and Dave Colclough (74, $3,057) fell outside of the money, as 42 others return for the final day.

Tuesday , June 19, sees the final table of the $3,000 no-limit hold'em event, the final table of the seven-card razz tournament, day two of the $2,500 no-limit hold'em sixhanded game, the start of the $3,000 seven-card stud tournament, and, for the first time ever, the $5,000 world championship heads-up no-limit hold'em championship.

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