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Barry Shulman Wins the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event

Shulman Takes Home £801,603 and His Second Gold Bracelet


Barry ShulmanThe World Series of Poker Europe main event has done it again, producing one of the most memorable final tables of the year. Card Player publisher Barry Shulman (pictured right) won the WSOP Europe main event during the early hours of the morning in London on Oct. 2. He was awarded £801,603 and a WSOP gold bracelet after beating Daniel Negreanu in a heads-up match wherein Shulman came back from a chip-deficit multiple times to capture one of the most prestigious titles in poker. Shulman grew his career tournament winnings to $2,876,926 and he won his second gold bracelet. Shulman scored his first bracelet in 2001, when he won a $1,500 seven-card stud eight-or-better event at the WSOP.

Negreanu took home £495,589, which makes him the all-time leader in tournament poker winnings. The final table was action-packed and featured many top professionals, including six players who had previously earned gold bracelets (Shulman, Negreanu, Jason Mercier, Chris Bjorin, Praz Bansi, and Matt Hawrilenko) as well as two November Nine finalists (James Akenhead and Antoine Saout). Speaking of the November Nine, Barry’s son Jeff Shulman will head into the upcoming WSOP main event final table in fourth chip position. The father and son have already made history by each making a WSOP main event final table in the same year, and in one month’s time the poker world will see if they can set a family record that would likely never be broken by capturing both main event titles in the same year.

Here are the final results for the 2009 WSOP Europe main event:

1: Barry Shulman — £801,603
2: Daniel Negreanu — £495,589
3: Praz Bansi — £360,887
4: Jason Mercier — £267,267
5: Markus Ristola — £200,367
6: Chris Bjorin — £150,267
7: Antoine Saout — £114,228
8: Matt Hawrilenko — £87,074
9: James Akenhead — £66,533

Here are the elimination hands from the final table:

James AkenheadJames Akenhead Eliminated in Ninth Place (£66,533)

Chris Bjorin raised to 85,000 preflop, and James Akenhead (pictured left) reraised all in for 500,000. Daniel Negreanu then reraised all in over the top of Akenhead, which induced Bjorin to fold A-J exposed. The two remaining players then revealed their hands:

Akenhead: ASpade Suit QHeart Suit
Negreanu: KHeart Suit KSpade Suit

Board: JDiamond Suit 6Spade Suit 4Club Suit 9Club Suit QDiamond Suit

Akenhead was eliminated in ninth place, and Negreanu grew his stack to 1,578,000.

Matt HawrilenkoMatt Hawrilenko Eliminated in Eighth Place (£87,074)

Barry Shulman raised preflop, and Matt Hawrilenko (pictured right) moved all in. Shulman made the call, and they flipped over their cards:

Hawrilenko: JDiamond Suit 7Heart Suit
Shulman: ADiamond Suit QClub Suit

Board: 10Heart Suit 3Club Suit 3Diamond Suit 6Club Suit 8Club Suit

Hawrilenko was eliminated in eighth place, and Shulman grew his stack.

Antoine SaoutAntoine Saout Eliminated in Seventh Place (£114,228)

Antoine Saout (pictured left) moved all in preflop, and Daniel Negreanu called. Their cards:

Negreanu: ASpade Suit QSpade Suit
Saout: 5Club Suit 5Diamond Suit

Board: 10Spade Suit 8Spade Suit 4Club Suit 2Diamond Suit 7Spade Suit

Saout was eliminated in seventh place, and Negreanu continued to build his stack to challenge the chip leaders.

Chris BjorinChris Bjorin Eliminated in Sixth Place (£150,267)

Chris Bjorin (pictured right) moved all in preflop, and Daniel Negreanu made the call. Their cards:

Negreanu: ADiamond Suit QClub Suit
Bjorin: ASpade Suit JHeart Suit

Board: KDiamond Suit 10Spade Suit 9Diamond Suit 3Club Suit 9Club Suit

Bjorin was eliminated, and Negreanu watched his stack climb north of 3 million.

Markus Ristola Eliminated in Fifth Place (£200,367)

Daniel Negreanu raised to 100,000 under the gun preflop, and Markus Ristola reraised all in. Negreanu made the call, and they flipped over their cards:

Ristola: KDiamond Suit 10Diamond Suit
Negreanu: AClub Suit 5Club Suit

Board: QSpade Suit 8Heart Suit 6Spade Suit KSpade Suit AHeart Suit

Negreanu won the hand to continue a dominant stretch at the final table, while Ristola was eliminated in fifth place.

Jason MercierJason Mercier Eliminated in Fourth Place (£267,267)

Daniel Negreanu raised under the gun, and Barry Shulman made the call from the button. Jason Mercier (pictured right) moved all in, and Negreanu called. Shulman got out of the way, and the two remaining players flipped over their cards:

Mercier: 7Heart Suit 7Diamond Suit
Negreanu: 9Club Suit 9Spade Suit

Board: KHeart Suit JClub Suit 3Diamond Suit QClub Suit 3Spade Suit

Mercier was eliminated in fourth place on the hand, and Negreanu jumped into the chip lead with 4,765,000.

Praz BansiPraz Bansi Eliminated in Third Place (£360,887)

Praz Bansi (pictured left) moved all in from the button, and Daniel Negreanu made the call from the small blind. Their cards:

Negreanu: ASpade Suit QDiamond Suit
Bansi: QHeart Suit 2Heart Suit

Board: 8Spade Suit 4Club Suit 4Diamond Suit JSpade Suit 6Diamond Suit

Bansi was eliminated in third place, and Negreanu increased his chip lead to 6,180,000 heading into heads-up play with Barry Shulman.

Barry Shulman Wins the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event (£801,603)

Daniel NegreanuPenultimate Hand of the Tournament:

Daniel Negreanu (pictured left) had pulled back to even in the heads-up final, and taken a small lead when the biggest hand of the tournament took place. With a flop of JClub Suit 8Diamond Suit 5Diamond Suit sitting on the table, Barry Shulman bet 300,000 and Daniel Negreanu raised to 900,000. Shulman reraised all in, and Negreanu made the call. Their cards:

Negreanu: QClub Suit JDiamond Suit
Shulman: ASpade Suit AHeart Suit

Turn and River: JHeart Suit ADiamond Suit

Negreanu made three jacks on the turn, but it was topped when a third ace hit for Shulman on the river. Shulman doubled up to 8 million, and Negreanu fell to 2 million.

Final Hand of the Tournament:

A devastated Negreanu moved the last of his chips in preflop, and Shulman made the call. Their cards:

Shulman: 10Spade Suit 10Club Suit
Negreanu: 4Spade Suit 4Diamond Suit

Board: KDiamond Suit 10Diamond Suit 2Club Suit 3Club Suit QDiamond Suit

Negreanu was eliminated in second place, and he will take home £495,589 in prize money (making him the all-time tournament poker money leader). Shulman wins the 2009 WSOP Europe main event and he takes home the top prize of £801,603 along with the gold bracelet. Shulman now holds two gold bracelets for his career.



over 12 years ago

Nothing about the a5 vs. aa hand. herm.


over 12 years ago

You can find the A-5 vs. A-A hand in the live updates section for the tournament here: Refer to the update titled "Tournament Update (Level 29) -- Heads-Up Action"


over 12 years ago

Congratulations, Barry!

And congratulations, Daniel -- a river away from victory!


over 12 years ago

wow. I guess even the best get rivered on occasion, but he was ahead to start. congrats to both.


over 12 years ago

Yea! Negreanu pretty much had it in the bag hours before the final hand. Shoving on flop with aces and Barry insta calling with a flush draw..... pooooop :( Feel for ya danny boy! ....3rd time lucky though ey ;)


over 12 years ago

The better player lost. And if you've been around Barry Schulman, you know he's one of the biggest jerks in poker. No justice.


over 12 years ago

Thanks Barry for some great play. The results prove that all the money and Fame need not be wasted on the young.


over 12 years ago

I know I can find it, I saw it. The fact that it isn't mentioned in the article is a bit lame. Barry seems like a dink and he had to suck out brutally to win, so yeah, the best player and the best man did not win. They were both playing small ball btw.


over 12 years ago

boston - you do realize that they got all the money in with barry having aces, and danielk having one pair (jacks), and THEN daniel hit one of his five outs on the turn to make trips jacks. Barry did hit a two-outer to redraw out on daniel, but when the money went in in the biggest pot of the tournament, Barry had the best of it.


over 12 years ago

f1rstday -- boston_jeff was talking about a different hand, where Barry's nut flush draw came in to crack Daniel's pocket aces.


over 12 years ago

of course they wont show the AA vs A5 hand where barry INSTA calls with a flush draw. This is his site, cant make him look bad! : )


over 12 years ago

That AA vs A5 hand was terrible IMO because Daniel should have known he had zero fold equity in that spot making his shove a big mistake regardless of the result but all credit to him for recovering so well.

The QJ vs AA hand was again terrible but also sort of understandable. Daniel gambled and his gamble did not have a happy ending. That's poker right? :)

Barry should be commended especially because it must have been so difficult to play heads up against someone like Daniel so all credit to him for playing his aggressive gambling style and of course for winning the bracelet!


over 12 years ago

"The father and son have already made history by each making a WSOP main event final table in the same year, and in one month’s time the poker world will see if they can set a family record that would likely never be broken by capturing both main event titles in the same year."

.....ummm....hey brunson's quit trying?????


over 12 years ago

xizal, fold equity? Folding should never come across your mind in this situation, heads up with big blinds. Heads up with aces in that spot you are begging to get the money in, he was a good favorite. And about the queen jack hand, there were multiple times in this tournament where barry pushed allin, called allin, with a draw, so i can understand that call. risky? maybe, but terrible? Definitely not.


over 12 years ago



over 12 years ago

@klpicktown: I can't imagine the Brunsons aren't trying, but they are one of a very few duos formidable enough to be worth mentioning as possibilities to make that happen (there's Sebok and Greenstein; beyond that I can't think of any). To pick one player to make the final table in either main event is a longshot in itself; to pick two, even with two "main events" at which to qualify, is staggering to say the least (with or without Doyle being well into his 70's).

@f1rstday: Actually, Barry hit a one-outer, not two!

Lots of healthy debate on the merits of this or that play; frankly, I'd like to see this final table rate "Instant Classic" status on ESPN, especially with heads-up play being as exciting as it was!