Hinrichsen Snaps Off Bracelet for Aussies
The 2011 World Series of Poker Europe is in full swing with big names making headlines.
November Niner Eoghan O'Dea will battle for a bracelet a month early, cancer survivor Chad Brown will work his way toward the final table of the NL Hold'em Shootout Event and Aussie poker pro Andrew Hinrichsen took down the Event #2 bracelet.
Andrew Hinrichsen Wins Event #2 €1,090 No-Limit Hold'em
After two days of action, the final table for the €1,090 No-Limit Hold'em was set.
While Italian Gianluca Speranza led at the start of the final table, it was Welshman Roberto Romanello that most of the poker world was watching.
Romanello started the day about the middle of the pack and was poised to complete poker's Triple Crown as he already has an EPT title and a WPT title under his belt.
Unfortunately, Romanello's chase for the Triple Crown will continue as he finished the event in 5th place.
After dropping most of his stack to Andrew Hinrichsen, he got the last of his chips in with As-2d. Bernard Guigon made the call with Ah-Kh and his hand held to send Romanello to the rail.
Chip leader Speranza would retain that lead and make it to heads-up play against Hinrichsen.
Speranza started heads-up play with a 1.79 million to 541k chip lead but in the course of two hands Speranza went from the penthouse to the outhouse.
First, Hinrichsen tried to make a move when he four-bet shoved with 10h-8h. The move failed as Speranza called with pocket fives.
A flop of 10c-2c-9d gave Hinrichsen the luckbox lead and Speranza was left with two outs.
The turn increased his outs as the Qc fell, giving him a flush draw, but the river fell a meaningless 2h and now Hinrichsen had the lead.
The final hand of the match-up saw the pot right around 900,000 at the river with the board Kh-7c-3d-6c-3s.
Hinrichsen moved all-in and Speranza snap-called with Kc-9s for top pair. Hinrichsen then turned over As-Ks for top pair, better kicker and the match was over.
Hinrichsen takes home the WSOPE Event #2 bracelet and €148,030.
November Niner Eoghan O'Dea Headlines Stacked Final Table in €5,300 Pot-Limit Omaha Event
A field of 180 players took to the felt on Monday for Event #3, €5,300 Pot-Limit Omaha.
After two days of play, both the money and the final table were reached in this event.
Among those finishing in the money but just shy of the final table included David Benyamine, Shawn Buchanan and Jason Mercier.
Sam Trickett will start the final table on Wednesday as the chip leader. The 2011 Aussie Millions Champion will begin the day with 713,500 in chips.
Joining him at the final table is WSOP bracelet winner Steve Billirakis and 2011 WSOP November Niner Eoghan O'Dea.
Billirakis will start the day second in chips with 459,500. O'Dea will need to pick up some chips early as he will start the final with the second shortest stack at 115,000.
Play will resume on Wednesday and continue until a champion is crowned.
Brown, Grospellier and Selbst All Advance to Round 2 in €3,200 NL Hold'em Shootout
Day 1 of the €3,200 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout saw 256 players take their seats looking to Sit-N-Go their way to a bracelet.
Round 1 started with 30 tables and included some of the strongest players in the game.
Among those in the field were Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Jeff Lisandro, Justin Bonomo, Sorel Mizzi, Erik Seidel and Carlos Mortensen.
Unfortunately, none of those players managed to work their way through to Round 2.
Among the 30 players to make Round 2 were Freddy Deeb, Bertrand Grospellier, Vanessa Selbst, Chad Brown, Terrance Chan, Sean Getzwiller, Ryan D'Angelo and Steve O'Dwyer.
Round 2 will consist of ten three-handed tables and the winner of those tables will make the final table on Thursday.