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World Series Of Poker Euro Update: Day 26

Americans Win Out In Two Events While Europeans Advance In Two Others On Day 26 Of The Series

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The first double gold bracelet champion of this year’s Series emerged from the $2,500 limit two-seven triple-draw low-ball event, as European hopes dwindled and a champion was found in the $1,500 mixed hold’em event. The $1,500 pot-limit Omaha high-low split eight-or-better tournament saw its first day, while the second of the $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em World Championship came to a close on day 26 of the Series.

Nick Binger looked unstoppable as he slayed his way through the final table of the $1,500 mixed hold’em event. Winning several hands of limit hold'em in the first half hour, he then eliminated the first five players from the final table, four of which were sent out in the first half hour of no-limit play.

For starters, he busted David Sorger in ninth place and David Chiu in eighth. He then went straight on to his main course which consisted of a Swede, a German, an American, and an Irishman.

Binger bet on a flop of Q77 and was raised by Mats Gavatin from Sweden. Binger thought for a while and then went all-in. Gavatin called. Binger showed 76 for trips and Gavatin needed some help with A5 for the nut flush draw. The turn 4 and river Q didn't help and the Swede was eliminated in seventh place.

Binger further satisfied his appetite for destruction when he insta-called David Machowsky’s all-in with aces and took down the pot.

Down to his last 104,000 in chips, German Alex Jalali was next on the menu. Jalali moved all in and was called by Binger. Jalali’s AQ was very much alive against Binger's JJ, but the board ran 776K2 missing Jalali and sending him to the rail.

Chris RentesIrishman Chris Rentes doubled up shortly before getting involved in a hand with the chip leader. Binger called a short-stacked Rentes' all-in bet and flipped over 72. Rentes showed 65. But even the worst hand in hold’em couldn’t stop Binger. The board ran KJ410Q, and with his 7 playing, Binger finally had his fill, eliminating Rentes in fourth place with $69,348.

At this stage, Binger was sitting comfortably on a large stack, but it wasn’t long before Jonathan Tamayo and Frank Gary took their share of his winnings. It was Tamayo who finally sent him out with pocket queens versus Binger’s threes.
Gary went on to win some big pots in the limit hold'em, gaining a decisive chip advantage over Tamayo, and after three long days of play, he sent Tamayo to the rail and became the champion of event 41.

Europeans who cashed earlier on in the event were Nicholas Ragot ($5,687) France, Jan Von Halle ($4,689) Germany, Otto Richard ($4,689) France, Ronnie Hofman ($3,691) Netherlands, Richard Redmond ($3,392) England, Rolf Slotboom ($3,392) Holland, Stuart Rutter ($3,093) England, Davood Mehrmand ($3,093) Germany, and Olivia Boeree ($2,793) England.

After a batch of relentless raises and reraises heads up in the $2,500 limit two-seven low-ball event, John Phan finally beat Shun Uchida down to around five big bets. Uchida looked in good shape on the final hand of the night, drawing an 8-7, but Phan finished him off after drawing the second nuts, 7-6-4-3-2. Uchida’s consolation price was $95,795 for his runner-up finish. Phan became the first player of this year's series to win two gold bracelets. He can now add $151,911 to his recent win in the $2,000 no-limit hold’em event, which earned him a whopping $434,789. After years of falling short of the finishing line, Phan can now go forth a little lighter in step, and heavier in pocket.

Event 43, the $1,500 pot-limit Omaha high-low split eight-or-better began today with many well-known European faces taking part. Scattered throughout the tables were Irishman Alan Smurfit, German Jan Von Halle, UK's Barny Boatman, and George Danzer from Germany. Russian Nikolay Evdakov was not around for long, as he was eliminated at level 3.

John KabbajThe action intensified as more than half the starting field were eliminated during the first five levels. Beginning in round 4, tournament players began to get involved in multi-way all-in situations, and Englishman John Kabbaj was not an exception. In the beginning of the fifth level, Kabbaj was involved in a pot that had the tournament lives of all four of his opponents in jeopardy. Kabbaj ended up with a tiny fraction of the pot when his low draw was counterfeited by a deuce on the turn.

Fellow countryman Barny Boatman moved to Joe Hachem’s table and upon arriving, took the opportunity to raise Hachem’s big blind. After the other players folded, Hachem looked at his hole cards and asked for a count of Boatman’s remaining stack. Upon realizing that Boatman had only 600 in chips behind the bet, Hachem seemed uninterested in calling. “It’s not even worth it,” Hachem said as he mucked his cards.

France’s Aurelien Guiglini was eliminated on the bubble in 73rd place with six minutes remaining in level 10. He was all-in with A-2-3 on a flop of 10 4 3, but running nines ended his day.

Jack Rosenfeldt from Denmark and Martin Klaeser from Germany did well, and are among the chip leaders at time of writing.

The final table of the $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em World Championship has been decided and is filled with largely unknown names, except for one, CardPlayer Poker + Sports columnist, 'Mad' Marty Wilson. The Englishman has been holding his own in the tournament, and will take his seat at the final table tomorrow. One player is set to walk away with $368,832 and a shiny gold bracelet.

Also playing out tomorrow is day 2 of the $1,500 pot-limit Omaha high-low split eight-or-better event, and day 1 of the $1,000 no-limit with rebuys, and $50,000 World Championship Horse events.

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