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WSOP Final Table: European News Roundup

Europeans Trip Up at Final Table of World Series of Poker Main Event

Day 47 of the 38th World Series of Poker saw three Europeans attempt to win the most prestigious and richest prize in poker, the $10,000 world championship no-limit hold'em tournament.

Dane Phillip Hilm started the final table as chip leader with just over $22 million in chips, but was first to be eliminated, busting out in ninth place, after a series of clashes with Jerry Yang.

Hilm was an early aggressor but Yang appeared undaunted. The ultimate hand saw a board of K J 5 2 in which Jerry Yang bet $4 million and Hilm moved all in. Yang made the call and flipped over A K. Hilm showed 8 5. The river brought the 6 and Hilm was gone. He earned $525, 934 for his marathon effort.

Englishman Jon 'Skalie' Kalmar started the day third in chips with $20,320,000 but exited in fifth place when he moved all in for $10,490,000 after facing a bet of $2.5 million from Raymond Rahme. Kalmar's A K could not improve against Rahme's J J and the Lancashire lad pocketed $1,255,069.

It was left then to recent bracelet-winning Russian Alex Kravchenko, who started the day as the short stack with $6,570,000, to head the European challenge. With four players left after the dinner break Kravchenko had $11,750,000 in chips, Tuan Lam had $11,250,000, Raymond Rahme had $33,200,000, and Jerry Yang had $71,275,000.

Kravchenko would last several hours before his preflop all-in with A K ran into 8-8, which hit a third 8 on the flop. The turn and river cards offered no help for the Russian and he was eliminated in fourth place, earning $1,852,721 in prize money.

The winner was Jerry Yang, who dominated Tuan Lam during their heads-up battle and eventually took down the $8.5 million first prize.

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