WSOPE Day 7 Round Up
Friday, 28 September 2012
French bracelet winners at the World Series of Poker Europe are a bit like Howard Lederer interviews. You wait ages for one then two come along at one.
Event #4 - €3,250 NLHE Shoot Out
The latest French winner in question was Giovanni Rosadoni who beat Dan O'Brien in the delayed €3k Shoot Out. After a marathon final table, play was called to a halt at 5am yesterday morning with the pair taking a well earned rest before resuming battle yesterday afternoon.
The Italian sounding Frenchman claimed victory after four hours if heads up play, sealing the €107,614 first prize when his pocket queens held against O'Brien's king jack shove. Not bad for a first World Series appearance.
Event #5 - €10k Mix Max – Cantu Crushing
Just 16 of the 96 starters are left in the €10k Mix Max event. Leading the way is Brandon Cantu who amassed a huge stack of 738,100, almost 450,000 ahead of closest challenger Paul Tedeschi (278,600). Cantu's day got off to a great start after winning a three way all in with pocket aces against Ognjen Sekularac's pocket kings and Andy Frankenberger's pocket queens, and he didn't look back from there.
There are plenty of big names left going into today's series of heads up matches, the pick of which is probably Cantu versus Phil Hellmuth (127,400). Other interesting looking matches include Jennifer Tilly (163,300) versus Marvin Rettenmaier (191,900) and Paul Tedeschi versus recent bracelet winner Roger Hairabedian (225,600). Also amongst the final 16, but short stacked are the likes of ElkY, Jason Mercier and Mike McDonald.
The field will play down to a final four who will battle it out for the bracelet tomorrow.
Event #6 €1,650 Six-Max PLO – Benyamine and Lichtenberger among the leaders
Jonathan Dahl is the man to beat heading into the penultimate day of the €1,650 Six-Max PLO event. The American returns with a stack of 74,200 putting him just ahead of Frenchman David Benyamine (67,700) and Aku Joentausta (66,400). 26 of the 206 starters are still in contention for the €83,275 first prize including such luminaries as Andrew Lichtenberger (63,900), Dan Smith (45,400), Briton John Eames (43,100), John Monnette (32,300), Mike McDonald (26,800) and Daniel Negreanu (22,200).
Five players are set to walk away penniless with money bubble bursting in 21st place.