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World Series of Poker Europe Event 2 -- Day 1

Eric Cajelais Leads Star-Studded Field on Day 1 of Second WSOPE Event


Event No. 2 of the World Series of Poker Europe got off to a cracking start yesterday as a total of 158 entrants was depleted to just 22. The £2,500 pot-limit hold’em/pot-limit Omaha event is a new addition to the WSOPE and sees nine hands of hold’em and Omaha played in rotation, with 7,500 in starting chips.

Fighting for a slice of the £395,000 prize pool were some of the world’s biggest stars of poker, such as Neil Channing, Huck Seed, Jeffrey Lisandro, Barry Greenstein, Mike Matusow, Annette Obrestad, Andy Black, Shaun Deeb, Roland de Wolfe, Phil Helmuth, Dario Minieri, Max Pescatori, Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey, and Eric Seidel.

Some early casualties were Sorel Mizzi, Richard Ashby,Juha Helppi, and Joe Beevers.

Other notable busts were:

In a hold’em round, Phil Hellmuth raised from under the gun with pocket aces and got four callers. One of the four was Jeff Buffenbergar. Buffenbergar shoved all in on the 5-4-4 flop, and Hellmuth made the call. Hellmuth’s aces could not improve, as Buffenbergar showed K-4 for trip fours.

Hellmuth shoved the rest of his chips in during the following Omaha round with a nut-flush draw versus a set and a wrap. His flush didn’t come, and after a big entrance, Hellmuth made a much smaller exit from the tournament floor.

In a round of Omaha, Phil Ivey ran his middle set into his opponent’s top set and the nut-flush draw. He hit the rail mid-session.

Andy Black was not too long after him when his straight draw and flush draw on the flop failed to deliver versus pocket aces.

A lot of the big busts appeared to be taking place during the rounds of Omaha. Ayaz Mahmood’s elimination was no different. On a board reading JClub Suit 9Club Suit 8Heart Suit, Mahmood was all in versus Robert Williamson III. Showing 10Spade Suit 10Heart Suit 7Heart Suit 6Diamond Suit, Mahmood had a made straight, but Williamson had top two pair and bundles of outs with AClub Suit QClub Suit JHeart Suit 9Heart Suit. The turn brought one of them — the JSpade Suit — and Williamson’s full house, jacks full of nines, put Mahmood on the other side of the rail.

The biggest star in the field, Doyle Brunson, couldn’t see out the entire first day, either. All in with pocket queens, his opponent’s pocket fours hit their set on the river and put the legend straight out of the tournament.

Later busts included Irishman John O’Shea, online legend Sami Kelapuro, and European Poker Stars Barcelona second-place finisher Marc Goodwin.

Despite so many big bust outs on day 1, there is plenty to look forward to on day 2 with an interesting and star-studded field of 22 preparing to return.

The field is now four places away from the bottom rung of the money ladder, with £5,660 for 18th.

Here are the remaining players and their chip counts:

Erik Cajelais — 144,900
Tristan Clemencom — 188,400
Allie Prescott — 88,100
Hoyt Corkins — 80,600
Men “the Master” Nguyen — 75,800
Mats Gavatin — 66,900
Harri Suni — 66,500
Dino Brivati — 58,400
Brian Johnson — 58,400
Robin Keston — 57,000
Vitaly Lunkin — 53,900
Nikolay Evdakov — 52,800
Ian Frazer — 44,700
Sampo Lapponen — 41,400
Richard Gryko — 31,100
John Kabbaj — 29,300
Jared Bieznick — 26,000
Michel Abecassis — 24,300
Konstantinos Karelas — 22,300
Howard Lederer — 21,800
Chris Bjorin — 13,900
Dario Alioto — 13,300

One of the above will walk away from the event with £104,677 and a shiny new bracelet. It has been announced that if the surviving players agree and time permits then play could in fact conclude later today. This would ensure more players could enter event No. 3 tomorrow, the £5,000 pot-limit Omaha tournament. The second event of the World Series of Poker Europe, sponsored by Betfair, kicks off again at 2 p.m. (GMT + 1) today.