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WSOP Day 23: European News Roundup

Another Irish Final Table and Several Deep Cashes for European Contingent

Day 23 of the 38th World Series of Poker saw Michael Trimby from Northern Ireland make the final table of the $1,500 no-limit hold'em tournament. Trimby, who was making his first trip to the Series with a dozen friends from his homeland, spoke to before the start of the final table.

'I'm excited, but if I get the cards, I'm going to play them. I don't care if i go out in ninth or win it. I plan to enjoy it and will probably get drunk tonight.'

Things didn't start well for Trimby and his chip stack dwindled from $650,000 to $450,000 in the first hour. He couldn't pick up a hand and so it continued - he saw one pocket pair (eights) for the whole session. He eventually went out in fifth but was very happy with both his cash and his performance.

'During the whole tournament, I picked up aces five times and never won a chip with them and I picked up kings three times and never won a hand with them. Three days work for $109,000? I'm delighted.'

Elsewhere the final table of the $5,000 world championship pot-limit Omaha high-low eight-or-better event saw Max Reynaud from Italy start the day as chip leader but end up being eliminated in fourth place for a handsome $101, 332 pay day.

Day two of the $1,500 pot-limit hold'em event saw Michael Keiner, Praz Banzi, and William Thorson all go deep but unable to make the final table. Banzi went out in 16th, netting $8,721, while Thorson exited in 22nd for $7,631, and Keiner in 24th, also for $7,631. Dave Colclough managed a $4,797 cash for 48th place.

The $1,500 no-limit hold'em game started with 2,778 players, including Chris Bjorin, Dave Colclough, Marcel Luske, Noah Boeken, Neil Channing, Vicky Coren, Thomas Wahlroos, Pascal Perrault, Rolf Slotboom, Juha Helppi, Al Kelleher, Lish Seoigh, Philip Marmonstein, Ben Roberts, Arnaud Mattern, and Padraig Parkinson.

There were around 100 payouts and the tournament is down to 170-odd players. Check for comprehensive European news, live updates, and pro blogs from the WSOP.

Sunday 24 June sees the final table of the $1,500 pot-limit hold'em game and day two of the $1,500 no-limit hold'em tournament, as well as the start of the $1,500 mixed hold'em (limit/no-limit) game and the one many people have been waiting for, the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. event.