World Series of Poker Europe In Full Swing
By Scott Carlson, Rakeback.com Staff Writer
The World Series of Poker Europe taking place at The Casino at the Empire in London is off and running having completed three events already.
Phil ‘The Unabomber’ Laak took down his first career WSOP bracelet in Event #1, a £ 2,500 No Limit Hold’em 6 Handed tournament. Laak bested 243 other runners to take down the £ 170,802 first place prize. Laak, fresh off his ATV accident just one month ago and his arm in a cast featuring a Union Jack flag, beat Andrew Pantling from Toronto, Ontario Canada. Laak’s closest finish to a bracelet prior to this was five years ago when he lost heads-up to Johnny Chan, who won his 10th career bracelet that day.
In Event #2, a £ 5,000 Pot Limit Omaha tournament was won by Australian Jeff Lisandro. The win marked Lisandro’s fifth career WSOP bracelet. He earned £ 159,000 for outlasting the 120 person field. Lisandro was WSOP Player of The Year back in 2009 when he won three bracelet events, all in a different variant of stud (7 card stud, razz and 7 card stud 8 or better). The fifth bracelet puts him in 12th place on the all-time list.
Also making the final table was 2010 WSOP Main Event November Niner John Racener who finished in 5th place. Other notable pros making the star-studded final table were runner-up Joe Serock, Willie Tann in 3rd,Jeff Madsen in 4th and Chris Bjorin in 9th. Both Tann and Bjorin made the final table of Event #1. This also marked the third consecutive WSOPE final table for Bjorin.
Event #3, a £ 1,000 No Limit Hold’em event concluded today with Brit Scott Shelley taking the £ 133,857 first place prize and the coveted bracelet. He beat out a field of 582 entrants including runner-up JP Kelly. In quite am impressive feat Kelly won this exact same event last year. Kelly has two career bracelets and was looking to become the youngest player to win three. The current record is held by Full Tilt Pro Phil Ivey.
The £ 10,000 Event #4, a No Limit Hold’em Heads-Up event began today. The event drew an impressive field of 103 players. Lots of big name pros are still alive in the event including Phil Ivey, PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu and UB Pro Phil Hellmuth. They will be shooting for the £ 288,409 first place prize.
The £ 10,000 Main Event is scheduled to begin Thursday. It was also announced today that the last two days of the Main Event will be broadcast live online on ESPN3.com.