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WSOP Europe -- Jani Vilmunen Wins Event No. 3

Jani Vilmunen Overcomes Howard Lederer on Intense WSOPE Final Table


Jani VilmunenThe handing out of bracelets continues in London with the winner of the World Series of Poker Europe’s £5,000 pot-limit Omaha event. After three days of poker-fuelled chaos, 154 players became nine, those nine faced each other until a champion was crowned, and that champ was Jani Vilmunen [pictured right]. He takes home £204,048 for some fantastic play throughout the event.

The players and their chips at the start of day 3 were:

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

Here is a list of the final table bust outs as they happened:

Robert Williamson III Eliminated in Ninth Place (£17,772)

The first to hit the rail was Robert Williamson III after he moved all in with KSpade Suit KDiamond Suit 8Heart Suit 4Spade Suit and was called by Roberto Romanello who showed KClub Suit QClub Suit QSpade Suit JDiamond Suit. The board then fell 9Club Suit 5Spade Suit 5Heart Suit JSpade Suit 10Heart Suit putting Williamson out in ninth place for £17,772.

Jeff Kimber Eliminated in Eighth Place (£22,869)

Jeff KimberOn a KClub Suit QHeart Suit 8Spade Suit flop, Howard Lederer bet out and Jeff Kimber [pictured left] called. The 6Spade Suit came on the turn and both players checked. The river was the QClub Suit and Kimber moved all in. Lederer made the call and the two turned over their cards:

Lederer: KHeart Suit QSpade Suit 4Spade Suit 2Club Suit

Kimber: ASpade Suit QDiamond Suit 9Diamond Suit 8Heart Suit

Kimber left in eighth place for £22,869, and Lederer added some more ammo to his stack.

Roberto Romanello Eliminated in Seventh Place (£29,830)

Jani Vilmunen took Roberto Romanello out in seventh place. He left £29,830 richer for his efforts. Vilmunen’s stack improved further and he looked like a real contender for the higher rungs, if not the top rung, of the money ladder.

Daniel Hindin Eliminated in Sixth Place (£39,193)

The next casualty was Daniel Hindin. Hindin went all in with AHeart Suit QDiamond Suit QClub Suit 5Diamond Suit versus Jani Vilmunen’s ADiamond Suit AClub Suit 10Club Suit 4Heart Suit. Vilmunen got the chips, and Hindin got £39,193 for sixth place when the cards fell KSpade Suit 7Spade Suit 5Spade Suit 2Diamond Suit JHeart Suit.

Ville Haavisto Eliminated in Fifth Place (£51,890)

Howard Lederer bet 77,000 from under the gun, and Ville Haavisto defended his big blind. The flop came KSpade Suit 8Club Suit 5Heart Suit and Haavisto moved all in. Lederer made the call showing A-K-Q-10 while Haavisto showed 8-6-5-4. The turn was the QDiamond Suit and the river was the JClub Suit. Lederer straightened up putting Haavisto on the other side of the rail.

Ross Boatman Eliminated in Fourth Place (£69,030)

Ross BoatmanRoss Boatman [pictured right] was all in with KDiamond Suit KSpade Suit 9Spade Suit 7Heart Suit versus Aarno Kivelio’s ASpade Suit AHeart Suit 10Spade Suit 5Club Suit. The chance for a British bracelet winner diminished as the board fell 7Club Suit 8Diamond Suit 5Diamond Suit QClub Suit 5Diamond Suit and Boatman hit the rail in fourth place for a payday of £69,030.

Aarno Kivelio Eliminated in Third Place (£93,293)

The man responsible for squashing Britain’s hope for a bracelet in this event hit the rail straight after his victim when he got involved in a hand with Jani Vilmunen. In a three-way limped pot and a flop of 10Heart Suit 8Heart Suit 3Club Suit, Vilmunen made the first move, Howard Lederer folded, and Kivelio moved all in. He flipped over AHeart Suit JDiamond Suit 7Spade Suit 2Heart Suit for the flush draw and inside straight draw, while fellow Finn showed a set of threes with ADiamond Suit 10Spade Suit 3Spade Suit 3Heart Suit. The turn was the 2Spade Suit and the river was the QSpade Suit and with that the event had its two remaining players.

Heads Up Chip Counts:

Howard Lederer — 1,800,000
Jani Vilmunen — 1,250,000

Howard LedererHoward Lederer Eliminated in Second Place (£126,134)

Jani Vilmunen bet out 120,000 preflop from the button and Howard Lederer raised it up to 360,000. Vilmunen made the call.

On a flop of 8Heart Suit 7Diamond Suit 6Diamond Suit Lederer bet 600,000. Vilmunen waited a moment and then made an all in motion with his hands. Lederer nodded and the two flipped over their cards.

Lederer had flopped the straight with AHeart Suit QHeart Suit 5Club Suit 4Spade Suit but Vilmunen had flopped a better one with QSpade Suit 10Diamond Suit 9Heart Suit 7Heart Suit.

When the turn fell the 10Club Suit, Lederer’s dreams of a third bracelet were squashed and he congratulated his opponent as the river fell the ADiamond Suit.