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World Series of Poker Europe -- Erik Cajelais Wins Event No. 2

Cajelais is First Canadian to Win World Series of Poker Europe Event


Erik CajelaisWith five players out of a 158-strong starting field returning to continue the final table of the World Series of Poker Europe’s £2,500 pot-limit hold’em/pot-limit Omaha event, it didn’t take too long to trash it out. After a total of eight hours at the final table across both days, the winner was revealed — young Canadian and first-time bracelet holder, Erik Cajelais [pictured right].

When play was suspended with five players left, the 27-year-old was very short in chips, but yesterday proved to be his time to shine as he made the comeback of all comebacks and took down the event. He takes home the title, the bracelet, the honor, and, of course, the top prize of £104,677.

The five players and their chip counts going into the day were:

Men Nguyen — 268,000
Mats Gavatin — 448,000
Robin Keston — 63,000
Richard Gryko — 329,000
Erik Cajelais — 81,000

Richard Gryko Eliminated in Fifth Place (£26,619)

Richard GrykoIn a round of hold’em, Richard Gryko [pictured left] raised to 21,000 and Erik Cajelais reraised a further 45,000. Gryko called and then checked the KHeart Suit QHeart Suit 7Diamond Suit flop.

Cajelais bet 80,000, and Gryko moved all in. Cajelais insta-called and flipped over AClub Suit KClub Suit. Gryko showed KDiamond Suit JDiamond Suit.

The turn and river didn’t change anything, and Gryko was the first elimination of the day. He went out in fifth place for £26,619.

Men Nguyen Eliminated in Fourth Place (£35,412)

In hold’em, in a pot involving Erik Cajelais once again, Men Nguyen reraised the Canadian all in, and Cajelais called. The two flipped over their cards:

Nguyen: ASpade Suit 8Spade Suit

Cajelais: JSpade Suit 10Spade Suit

Board: KSpade Suit 8Club Suit 5Spade Suit 7Club Suit 9Club Suit

Although Nguyen was ahead going in and on the flop, the turn and river had other plans for “The Master,” and he left the tournament in fourth place for a payday of £35,412.

Robin Keston Eliminated in Third Place (£47,858)

Robin KestonAfter the break and a few hands into a round of hold’em, it was time for Erik Cajelais to continue his dominance at the table. Robin Keston [pictured right] raised preflop, and Erik Cajelais bet the pot, Keston moved all in, and Cajelais called. Cajelais held KClub Suit KSpade Suit, while Keston showed 2Club Suit 2Spade Suit. The first couple of cards down brought a king, and Keston was drawing dead by the turn. He hit the rail in third place with £47,858 for his efforts.

Keston’s departure meant heads-up time, and it was bound to be a short session with Cajelais holding just under a million in chips, and Mats Gavatin struggling on a dwindling 180,000. However, Gavatin had a quick double-up in Omaha, which put him in a slightly better position.

Mats Gavatin Eliminated in Second Place (£64,705)

Still in the Omaha round, Mats Gavatin shoved preflop holding 10Diamond Suit 10Spade Suit 9Club Suit 8Club Suit, and Cajelais called, revealing QHeart Suit JDiamond Suit 9Spade Suit 7Spade Suit. The flop was ADiamond Suit QDiamond Suit QClub Suit, which put Cajelais out ahead. The turn and river were the AHeart Suit and the JSpade Suit, and Cajelais further improved to a full house. Gavatin then left the tournament as the runner-up finisher with £64,705 to console himself.

While the final table had been running, two of its players were also registered for event No. 3, the £5,000 pot-limit Omaha tournament — Robin Keston and the champion himself, Erik Cajelais. See day 1s recap to find out how that event is currently going.



over 11 years ago

How did he make Queens full of Aces? LOL. Is it too much to expect the number one site in poker reporting to know the rules of the game?


over 11 years ago

they say fh don't say q full a had a fh q full of j


over 11 years ago

LOL - they changed it, but left my comment up. The powers of editting. Guess Im the idiot now.


over 11 years ago

Oops, we meant to leave a comment saying "Thanks" so that you don't look like an idiot for helping us with a correction. Late night :) Thanks, scshore!