The World Series of Poker Europe was in full swing on Thursday with two bracelet events playing down to a winner and two other events hitting their stride.
The conclusion of Event #3, the €5,300 Mixed Max No-Limit Hold’em, found Frenchman Darki Stojanovic heads up with Ultimate Poker pro Dan O’Brien who held a 3-to-1 chip advantage at the start of the match. Stojanovic bested poker pro Noah Schwartz on Wednesday to make his way into the finals, while O’Brien’s massive chip lead was insurmountable for Canadian lawyer, Jason Mann.
According to the Live Updates on WSOP.com, Stojanovic doubled through O’Brien almost immediately, evening the chip stacks, and then, over the course of just 53 hands, proceeded to come away with the victory. Stojanovic walks with the €188,160 first place prize and his first WSOP bracelet.
O’Brien takes home €116,280 for his second place effort and, for the second time in as many years, is denied his first bracelet after being heads up.
The final table of Event #4, the €1,650 Pot-Limit Omaha, found itself with a table full of heavy-hitters including 2-time bracelet winner and Team PokerStars Pro, Jason Mercier.
Six players returned for the final day of the event including Mercier, former November Niner Jeremy Ausmus, 2012 $10k PLO Championship bracelet winner Jan Jachtmann, Australian Martin Kozlov, PLO specialist Michael Schwartz and chip leader Juha Helppi, who has yet to capture a bracelet but does have nearly $5m in career earnings.
The final table of Event #4 is being live streamed with commentary on WSOP.com
It was another decent sized field for Event #5, the €2,200 No-Limit Hold’em, as 337 runners hit the felt to generate a healthy €647,040 prizepool and a €148,820 first place cash.
After an action packed Day 1, 100 players remained to make their return for Day 2, including Phil Hellmuth who is seeking is 100th career WSOP cash. Erik Seidel and Jonathan Little find themselves with plenty of chips in the early goings of Day 2, as do James Dempsey, Mike Watson, WSOP Champion Jonathan Duhamel, Andy Frankenberger and John Juanda among others.
Finally, Event #6, the €3,250 Mixed Max PLO, gets started today. Some of the most recognizable names in the game are in the field at the start of the day including Daniel Negreanu, Michael Mizrachi, Barry Greenstein and Phil Ivey who are all seeking to add another bracelet to their collection.
For updates on all the action at the World Series of Poker Europe, visit the Live Updates page on WSOP.com.