Half of the gold bracelets up for grabs at this year’s World Series of Poker Europe have now been awarded. With the Main Event on the horizon and multiple events coming to a conclusion in the next 24 hours, the WSOP’s time just outside of Paris is quickly winding down with the biggest events yet to come.
Octo-Niner Jeremy Ausmus' heater of a lifetime continues as he took down Event #4, €1,650 Pot-Limit Omaha, for €70,324 and his first WSOP gold bracelet. According to the WSOP Live Updates blog, this victory marks Jeremy’s 10th WSOP cash of 2013 alone having scored at the 2013 WSOP, WSOPE and WSOP APAC events. This does not include Ausmus’ 5th place finish in the 2012 WSOP Main Event for over $2m. The amazing string of finishes for the poker pro has pushed his lifetime earnings upward of $3.5m since 2008.
Ausmus defeated the start of day chip leader, Juha Helppi, heads up for the title as Helppi walked with €43,441 as runner-up.
Additionally, Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier was denied his 3rd bracelet as he was unable to run up his Final Table short stack. Mercier bowed out in 4th place for €23,036.
1st – Jeremy Ausmus – €70,324
2nd – Juha Helppi – €43,441
3rd – Jan-Peter Jachtmann – €31,367
4th – Jason Mercier – €23,036
5th – Martin Kozlov – €17,210
6th – Michael Schwartz – €13,077
Eight-time bracelet winner Erik Seidel was in position to potentially win his 9th as he started the day with the chip lead at the Final Table of Event #5, €2,200 No Limit Hold’em. Only seven remained at the beginning of the Final Table, due to late eliminations. The final table included Mike “SirWatts” Watson, bracelet winners Roger Hairabediam, Max Greenwood and Kevin Song, Martin Krakow from Israel and local player Erwann Pecheux.
In the end though, despite getting heads up with a two-to-one chip lead over Frenchman Roger Hairabediam, Seidel was unable to collect all the chips and was denied WSOP gold. History was made nonetheless as Hairabediam didn’t just collect the €148,820 prize money, he became the very first player to win two WSOPE bracelets in its 7-year existence and the first Frenchman to own two WSOP bracelets as well.
Event #6, €3,250 Mixed-Max Pot-Limit Omaha, is the final event before the start of the Main Event and it drew 127 runners to create a prizepool of €373,380 with a €104,545 first place prize.
At the end of Day 1, 28 remained looking to break into the top 16 in order to make the money. Notable names like Phil Laak, Dan Shak, and Matthew Ashton all made it into the money before busting while Vitaly, Lunkin, Noah Schwartz and Ludovic Lacay all still have a shot at WSOP hardware and first place with 6 runners remaining.
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