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World Series Of Poker Europe Update: Day 4

56 Become 11 on Day 2 of the £2,500 H.O.R.S.E. Event


Day 4 of the World Series Of Poker Europe, presented by Betfair, saw the second day of the £2,500 H.O.R.S.E. event play out with many highs, lows, and moments of pure entertainment. The first couple of eliminations saw Andreas Hoivold, Josh Gould, Barry Greenstein, and Jean-Robert Bellande make very short appearances in the Empire Casino in London. November Niner Kelly Kim was knocked out early, as well, by Max Pescatori during a round of razz, and Andy Bloch was not too far behind after a run-in with John Juanda.
Howard Lederer
A dramatic table to watch unfold throughout the day was one which combined big names such as Howard Lederer, Phil Ivey, Paul Jackson, and Phil Hellmuth. However, two tournament lives were cut short during a seven-card stud eight-or-better round. A short-stacked Paul “ActionJack” Jackson patiently waited for the arrival of a nice hand to go all in with. When he finally made the move against David Williams, it wasn’t good enough, and Jackson stepped on over to the other side of the rail. In the last hand of the round, Chris Bjorin went all in on fourth street against Ivey and Williams. Ivey gave him cover by betting Williams out of the pot on fifth street, but Ivey had the winning hand with A A 8 7 6 2 2, dominating Bjorin’s K K Q 8 6 4 3.

Howard Lederer was a force to be reckoned with during day 2. The first major casualty he left in his wake was Jason Gray. He then moved on to Gus Hansen and Barny Boatman, who he outed in one hand.

Then Daniel Negreanu swept the floor with Robert Williamson III, and Jeff Lisandro sent Joe Beevers out in 18th place.

Sherkhan Farnood is another one to watch in this tournament. His day 2 went from strength to strength, especially after he eliminated Max Pescatori on the bubble. Marc Goodwin followed Pescatori out in 15th place, earning £4,812 for one rollercoaster ride of a tournament.

Farnood’s upward movements created quite a stir among certain players, particularly those with the last name Hellmuth. After taking a pot of epic proportions from the “Poker Brat,” Farnood increased his chip stack to 120,000, but decreased Hellmuth's to around 70,000. Speaking his mind after the hand, Hellmuth said, “Split sevens against my rolled-up eights? You're the worst player I've ever seen. It doesn't matter though, I'm going to get all of those chips back off of you.” Farnood brushed his ranting off with an, “I would be glad to give these chips back to you,” response.

Sherkhan FarnoodThe two tangoed again, with pretty much the same results. Farnood held A 8 7 2 on a board of 8 6 5 6 K. Hellmuth revealed A J 5 3, and repeated once more, “The worst player in the history of the world.” He then asked tournament director Steve Frezer to make sure the dealers shuffle the cards more thoroughly. “I just want procedure to be followed," Hellmuth said.

In the Omaha eight-or-better discipline, Phil Ivey reclaimed ownership of his table by eliminating Daniel Negreanu. After the war of the raisers preflop, the cards were dealt 9 7 6, Negreanu revealed A 6 6 2, and Ivey, 10 8 7 2. The 2 turn and K river did not make any difference, as Ivey’s straight dominated Negreanu’s set, and off the Canadian went to the rail in 14th place.

At this stage, Hellmuth was not fairing very well, and his mood was most likely not doing him any good. Down to 25,000 chips, he actually made the dealer cry. This got the attention of the tournament director who came over to try and work things out. He explained to Hellmuth that the dealer had been working for 14 hours and it was not her fault. He then warned the outspoken pro that he would receive a penalty for attacking the dealer if he didn’t pipe down soon.

As all of this was going on, Isaac Haxton met the end of his tournament life and left his table to collect £5,500 for finishing 13th. But with the clock counting down the last 30 seconds of play, Farnood and Hellmuth were back at it again. It was hold’em this time, and after Farnood raised, Hellmuth pushed all in, forgetting that they were playing limit. Farnood raised to cover Hellmuth, and they were off. A typical coin-flip saw Farnood’s pocket threes race against Hellmuth’s A K. The board fell K Q J 5 3, and with that, Hellmuth fumed his way out of the tournament.

11 players were left within reach of the £76,999 top prize after a bumpy day of ups and downs. The chip counts going into day 3 of the event are:
Phil Ivey
Raul Paez (Spain): 17,500
Erik Albinsson (Sweden): 43,000
Sherkhan Farnood (Dubai): 141,500
Ivo Donev (Austria): 78,000
Jeffrey Lisandro (Italy): 82,500
Mark Gregorich (US): 62,500
Howard Lederer (US): 208,500
Yuval Bronshtein (US): 133,500
Phil Ivey (US): 114,500
Jeff Duvall (UK): 112,000
Spencer Lawrence (UK): 88,500

Check back at tomorrow as things heat up at the World Series of Poker Europe in London.