The World Series of slot demo Europe is currently underway and so far, three bracelets have been awarded. As expected, most of the top players from around the world converged on the Casino at the Empire in London to take their shot at one of five WSOP-E bracelets. Here is a breakdown of what has happened so far.
Phil Laak Wins First Bracelet
Event #1 was the £2,650 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Event. 244 players put up the buy-in for this first event and by the time the final table was reached, all eyes were on pros Chris Bjorin and Phil Laak. Laak was still going after his first WSOP bracelet and was the victim of a serious ATV crash just one month ago. In fact, Laak played this event with his right arm still in a cast. However, at the start of the final table, Andrew Pantling started as chip leader with nearly a 2 to 1 lead over the field.
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Chris Bjorin fell in third place and it was Phil Laak and Andrew Pantling battling heads-up for the bracelet. The two battled for a while, but Pantling was soon left crippled after a big pot with Laak. Laak had flopped two pair and Pantling held a pair with both a straight and flush draw. Laak moved in and Pantling proceeded to miss his draw. The very next hand then saw Laak’s K-5 outdraw the A-9 of Pantling when a five hit the turn. Pantling failed to catch on the river and Phil Laak won his first WSOP bracelet. In addition, Laak took home £170,802.
Jeff Lisandro Wins Fifth Career Bracelet
Event #2, £5,250 Pot-Limit Omaha, drew 120 of the world’s best PLO players looking to take the bracelet and £159,514. After two days, there were still 15 players left looking to take the bracelet. Chris Bjorin would make his 2nd final table of this WSOP Europe. Joining him were November Niner John Racener, 2009 Player of the Year Jeff Lisandro, Jeff Madsen and Joe Serock.
Eventually, it was Joe Serock and Jeff Lisandro that played heads-up for the bracelet. Jeff Lisandro took a commanding lead when his Ks-Kd-5c-2d spiked a king on the flop to outdraw Serock’s As-Ad-Jh-10h. Serock was crippled and eliminated the very next hand. Jeff Lisandro won his 5th career WSOP bracelet. This was his first bracelet in a variant of poker other than stud. He took home the bracelet and £159,514.
Scott Shelley Denies JP Kelly History
Event #3, £1,075 No-Limit Holdem, drew the largest crowd of this WSOP-E at 582 players. By the time the final table was reached, the poker world was watching JP Kelly. Kelly won this event last year and was looking to not only defend his title, but also to become the youngest player to win three bracelets. Phil Ivey is the current record holder.
JP Kelly would get a shot at winning his 3rd bracelet as he made it heads-up with Scott Shelley. Kelly led at the start of the match, but Kelley was able to overtake the lead. The match was decided when Kelley moved all-in pre-flop with Qd-Jh against the pocket threes of Shelley. A three on the flop gave Shelley a set and left Kelly needing running straight cards to win. The turn fell a seven and Kelly was drawing dead. Scott Shelley became the Event #3 champion, taking home the bracelet and £133,857. Viktor Blom, Erik Seidel, Scott Montgomery, Carlos Mortensen, Barny Boatman, Tom “durrrr” Dwan, Jeff Lisandro, and Mike Matusow were among those that went out on Day 1.
Gus Hansen and Ram Vaswani Make Final Four of High Roller Event
Event #4, £10,350 NL Holdem High Roller Heads-Up started with 103 of the world’s best looking to take home £288,409 and the last bracelet before the Main Event. Play would continue down to 32 on Day 1 with many big names falling by the wayside.
Day 2 still started with a stacked field with Daniel Negreanu, Andrew Robl, Gus Hansen, Phil Ivey, Ram Vaswani, Huck Seed, Howard Lederer, and Scott Fischman all still in the field. 32 would play down to 16 with Howard Lederer, Huck seed, Ram Vaswani, Gus Hansen, Phil Ivey, Andrew Robl, and Daniel Negreanu still alive.
Lederer would face Seed, Robl faced Negreanu, and Hansen went against Ivey. Huck Seed’s dominance of Howard Lederer continued as he advanced to the round of eight. Gus Hansen dispatched Phil Ivey and Daniel Negreanu defeated Andrew Robl. Jim Collopy, Ram Vaswani, Kevin Eyster, Neil Channing, and Andrew Feldman rounded out the elite eight.
The following were the elite eight draws:
Huck Seed vs. Jim Collopy
Kevin Eyster vs. Ram Vaswani
Gus Hansen vs. Neil Channing
Daniel Negreanu vs. Andrew Feldman
Collopy defeated Seed to move on to the final four. Vaswani took out Eyster and Hansen took out Neil Channing. The final match between Daniel Negreanu and Andrew Feldman was the last one to finish. Negreanu was unable to make it to the final four as Andrew Feldman knocked him out when his K-6 flopped a king against Negreanu’s pocket queens.
The final four players will return on Thursday to play down to the bracelet. In the final four, Gus Hansen will battle Andrew Feldman and Jim Collopy will battle Ram Vaswani. They will not only be playing for the bracelet but the £288,409 in top prize money.
That is the WSOP Europe up to now. The Main Event also kicks off on Thursday and, as always, promises to draw out one of the stronger fields of the year. Stay tuned as we bring you all the remaining action from the 2010 World Series of Poker Europe.