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WSOP Day 32: European News Roundup

Omaha World Championship Offers Both Elation and Empty Promises for European Players at World Series of Poker

Day two of the $10,000 world championship pot-limit omaha tournament (event 50) saw plenty of skillful European challengers among the 55 players still remaining. These included Donnacha O'Dea, Dave Colclough, Martin Wendt, Jani Sointula, Patrik Antonius, Paul Jackson, Kristian Kjondal, Sylvester Geoghegan, Joe Beevers, Rene Mouritsen, Dave Callaghan, and Roy Brindley.

Wendt busted early and as the bubble approached Colclough was also eliminated. Making the money were Jackson in 36th place ($22,137), Beevers in 34th place ($22,137), Sointula in 27th place ($25,089), Kjondal in 21st place ($25,089), Callaghan in 19th place ($25,089), O'Dea in 14th place ($30,992), Geoghegan in 13th place ($33,493), and Brindley in 12th place ($33,493).

Brindley had a largely frustrating day. 'The bottom line is I've missed every flop and all around me I'm seeing people make outrageous calls and getting lucky.' Read his pro blog exclusively at

Despite disappointment for most of the Euro contingent, there was still a healthy representation at the prestigious final table, with Marco Traniello, Patrik Antonius, and Rene Mouritsen joining legend Doyle Brunson.

Day one of the $1,000 no-limit hold'em rebuy tournament (event 52) had plenty of Europeans scattered throughout the field of 1,048, including Andy Black, John Gale, Eoghan O'Dea, Davood Merhmand, Surindar Sunar, Pascal Perrault, Thomas Wahlroos, Juha Helppi, Paul Daly, Barny Boatman, Dave 'Devilfish' Ulliott, Chris Bjorin, Jeff Lisandro, Andreas Hoivold, John Shipley, and Vicky Coren.

The prize pool swelled to $3,226,609 with 2,366 rebuys, which is good news for the Europeans returning on day two.

The final table of the $1,500 no-limit hold'em tournament (event 49) held little interest for Europeans but did bring out a notable story - that of the first Brazilian ever to reach a final table at the World Series. Leandro Pimentel was eliminated in fourth place for $189,249. He was cheered on by a coterie of fans who could be heard throughout the Amazon Room when the aggressive young Brazilian was involved in the action.

Day two of the $1,000 S.H.O.E. tournament was another event somewhat overshadowed by Euro interest in both the omaha and no-limit hold'em rebuy events. The omnipresent Alexander Kravchenko from Russia finished in 43rd place for $3,521. Imre Liebold from Estonia and Vladimir Schmelev from Russia made it down to the last two tables and were guaranteed at least $5,514.

As the July 4 holiday and main event approach players get a little breathing space so Tuesday 3 July sees day two of the $1,500 no-limit hold'em rebuy event, the final table of the $10,000 pot-limit omaha tournament, the final table of the $1,000 S.H.O.E. event (#51) and the start of the $1,500 limit hold'em shootout event (#53).

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