Gus Hansen Wins First WSOP Bracelet, Main Event Final Table Set
By Scott Carlson, Rakeback.com Staff Writer
Full Tilt Pro Gus Hansen earned his first WSOP bracelet Sunday by winning Event #4 at the World Series of Poker Europe, a £10,000 heads-up no limit hold’em tournament. The Great Dane topped a star-studded field of 103 players to earn the £288,409 first place prize and a shiny new gold bracelet. Hansen beat American Jim ‘Mr. Big Queso’ Collopy two matches to one in the championship round.
The first two matches were played on Thursday with each player winning one match. Day 1b of the WSOP-E interrupted the final match as both players were scheduled to play. When both Hansen and Collopy were eliminated on day 2, the final match was scheduled for Sunday. It took Hansen approximately three hours to dispatch Collopy in the rubber match. Collopy took home £178,211 for his 2nd place finish.
Hansen took out numerous tough opponents on the path to the bracelet including Max Steinburg, Mark Everett, Full Tilt Pro Phil Ivey, Neil Channing, Andrew Feldman and Collopy. Other well known pros who made the money in the event include Ram Vaswani, Full Tilt Pros Huck Seed, Howard Lederer and Phil Ivey along with Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu.
In winning the tournament, Gus Hansen becomes one of the illustrius few players to complete the poker triple crown – a WSOP bracelet, an EPT win and a World Poker Tour crown.
Main Event Reaches Final Table
The £10,000 Main Event at the World Series of Poker Europe always turns out to be one of the tougher tournament fields of the year. This year the Main Event attracted 346 entrants creating a stunning prize pool of £3,460,000. First place will earn £830,401 along with the gold bracelet. Past WSOPE Main Event champions include Annette Obrestad in 2007, John Juanda in 2008 and Barry Schulamn in 2009.
The final table seat assignments and approximate chip counts are as follows:
Seat 1: Roland de Wolfe – 1,377,000
Seat 2: Marc Inizan – 349,000
Seat 3: Nicolas Levi – 428,000
Seat 4: Fabrizio Baldassari – 697,000
Seat 5: Brian Powell – 842,000
Seat 6: Dan Steinberg – 1,520,000
Seat 7: James Bord – 1,331,000
Seat 8: Ronald Lee – 1,899,000
Seat 9: Dan Fleyshman – 1,946,000
Notable players making the money but falling short of the final table include the following:
13th – Barny Boatman
15th – Hoyt Corkins
16th – Victor Blom
19th – Phil Ivey
22nd – Greg Mueller
23rd – Barry Greenstein
24th – Yevgeniy Timoshenko
29th – Bryn Kenney
30th – Freddy Deeb
The final table will take place Tuesday with five hour tape delay coverage on ESPN3 which will include hole cards.