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World Series of Poker Europe Event 3 -- Day 2 Recap

Jani Vilmunen Leads Field to Final Table on Day 2


Jani VilmunenIt was time for more Omaha action on day 2 of event No. 3 of the World Series of Poker Europe (sponsored by Betfair). The £5,000 pot-limit Omaha event began the day with 35 players, but as only 18 were getting paid, it was time to use it or lose it. Jani Vilmunen [pictured right] started the day as he ended it, as chip leader. But plenty of players had to hit the rail before he got there.

Tom Dwan raised from under the gun, and Jeff Kimber called, as did Sorel Mizzi from the small blind. The flop was 9Heart Suit 6Club Suit 2Spade Suit, and Mizzi checked. Dwan bet the pot, and Kimber folded. Mizzi then reraised all in, and Dwan made the call. Their cards were:

Mizzi: 9Spade Suit 7Heart Suit 7Diamond Suit 6Heart Suit

Dwan: 10Diamond Suit 9Club Suit 8Club Suit 5Club Suit

The turn was the JHeart Suit and the river was the 10Spade Suit. Mizzi hit the rail, and Dwan chipped on up.

John O’Shea was another casualty pre-prize money. He was put out by the aggressive Finn, Jani Vilmunen. Having lost 25,500 to Ashton Griffin, he got involved with Vilmunen in the very next hand. Vilmunen raised 8,000 from the cutoff. O’Shea called, and the flop fell 6Club Suit 5Heart Suit 4Club Suit. After staring silently at his Irish opponent, Vilmunen bet 14,000, and O’Shea called.

When the turn was dealt the 6Heart Suit, Vilmunen checked, and O’Shea bet 30,000, which was more than half of his stack. Vilmunen quickly reraised him all in, and O’Shea hesitantly made the call. Vilmunen flipped over JHeart Suit 8Heart Suit 7Club Suit 6Spade Suit, while O’Shea had KClub Suit 10Club Suit 10Heart Suit 9Diamond Suit. No club arrived on the river to save O’Shea, and he waved goodbye to event No. 3.

David CallaghanDave Callaghan [pictured left] was another of Vilmunen’s victims. However, this one had to sting just that little bit more, as it was on the bubble. Vilmunen raised to 8,000 from under the gun, Jeff Kimber called in middle position, and Callaghan raised it up to 36,000 from the button. Vilmunen then reraised it enough to put both Kimber and Callaghan all in. Kimber folded, and Callaghan made the call.

Their cards were:

Vilmunen: ASpade Suit ADiamond Suit KClub Suit 10Club Suit

Callaghan: AClub Suit KDiamond Suit 10Spade Suit 9Diamond Suit

Board: 7Club Suit 5Heart Suit 5Diamond Suit 3Spade Suit 2Spade Suit

Callaghan had to unfortunately make his exit one step short of the money.

Andrey Zaichenko was the first to bust in the money. He left in 18th place and received £11,034 for his efforts. Sampo Lopponen was next in 17th place, receiving the same amount, as did Lloyd Rees, who followed him to the rail in 16th place.

Then all hell broke loose as the biggest pot of the tournament surfaced with Tom Dwan as the instigator. Dwan raised, Aarno Kiveilo and Jani Vilmunen called, and Tony Bloom then rocked the boat by reraising the pot from the big blind. Dwan and Kiveilo made the call, and, after some thought, Vilmunen folded.

The flop was QDiamond Suit 8Spade Suit 4Diamond Suit, and Tony Bloom moved all in for 110,000. Dwan made the call promptly, and then Kiveilo shoved over the top. Dwan called and flipped over: QSpade Suit QHeart Suit 9Spade Suit 9Heart Suit. Bloom held AHeart Suit AClub Suit 5Spade Suit 4Heart Suit, and Kiveilo revealed KDiamond Suit KSpade Suit 8Diamond Suit 8Heart Suit. The turn was a present for Kiveilo — the 6Diamond Suit — which gave him the king-high flush. The river was the 10Club Suit, and all the chips (around 800,000) went in Kiveilo’s direction. Dwan was crippled with 10,000 chips remaining. Bloom hit the rail in 15th place (£12,713).

Right after the dinner break, the short-stacked Tom Dwan was eliminated in 14th place for £12,713. Karl Mahrenholz followed him in 13th place (£12,713), Ashton Griffin in 12th place (£14,900), and Chris Bjorin in 11th place (£14,900).

Sandra NaujoksSandra Naujoks [pictured right] then became the final table bubble. She received £14,900 for 10th place. She flopped a set on an AClub Suit 5Diamond Suit 4Heart Suit flop holding 10Spade Suit 8Club Suit 4Spade Suit 4Club Suit and bet 40,000. Vilmunen called, and the 9Club Suit fell on the turn. Naujoks moved all in for her last 44,000, but Vilmunen now had even more outs and called showing 8Diamond Suit 7Club Suit 6Diamond Suit 3Club Suit. Her set then became no good, as the 3Heart Suit fell on the river, giving Vilmunen his straight.

Jani Vilmunen ended the day with a 3-2 chip lead over the player one below him on the leader board — Aarno Kivelio. With two Finns riding so high, a tough but interesting final table is sure to unravel today from 2 p.m. (GMT + 1).

Here’s how the players stand going into the final battle:

Robert Williamson III — 64,000
Ville Haavisto — 249,000
Howard Lederer — 320,000
Jeff Kimber — 133,000
Dan Hindin — 320,000
Aarno Kivelio — 608,000
Jani Vilmunen — 899,000
Roberto Romanello — 306,000
Ross Boatman — 180,000