WSOPE round up: Hairabedian wins first French bracelet, Tilly heads €10k Mix Max
Thursday, 27 September 2012
It was a historic day in Cannes yesterday with France saluting its first WSOPE bracelet winner. Jennifer Tilly heads a star-studded Mix Max line up while the Shoot Out heads up was delayed for a day after a marathon final table.
Event #3 €5,300 PLO – Roger Hairabedian takes the bracelet
The French rail finally has something to cheer at the World Series of Poker Europe in Cannes after Roger Hairabedian took the honours in a stacked €5,300 PLO event. The Frenchman was the first home player to take a bracelet in the European leg of the WSOP (and a none too shabby €142,590) after beating a final table that included such notables as Jason Mercier (9th), former World Champ Joe Hachem (6th) and Michael ‘The Grinder’ Mizrachi (3rd).
Event #4 - €3,250 NL Hold’em Shoot Out – Heads up play resumes today
Dan O'Brien and Giovanni Rosadoni will have to wait until later today to battle it out for the title, after play was stopped at 5am due to the casino's regulations.
Rosadoni leads with 787,000 chips with O’Brien on 490,000. The American, who finished fourth in the Partouche Main Event for €341k, still has quite a lot room for manoeuvre though as the blinds will be 8000/16,000 with a 2000 ante when play resumes at 3pm today.
20 of the 141 starters made the money including Daniel Negreanu (16th), EPT grand final champ Mohsin Charania (13th), Phil Hellmuth (12th) and EPT John Duthie in (9th). John Monnette’s great WSOP continued with a 3rd place. Monnette, who won a bracelet this summer is still in the running for WSOP player of the year.
O’Brien and Rosadoni will be fighting it out for a €107,614 first-place prize, with the runner-up receiving a consolation of €66,503.
Event #5 - €10,450 Mix Max – Tilly leads the way
52 of the 96 starters in the €10,450 Mix Max event will be back for day 2 with Bluff Europe columnist Jennifer Tilly leading the way. The better half of Phil Laak closed the opening day with an ample stack of 218,500.
There are plenty of notable names looming though including Faraz ‘The Toilet’ Jaka (126,000), Michael Mizrachi (89,700) and Bertrand ‘Elky’ Grospellier (82,500). Further back are Phil Hellmuth (39,600), event #1 winner Antonio Esfandiari (37,400) and Phil Ivey (30,000).
The players will be competing for a prize pool of €921,600 with the winner walking away with €258,047.