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The 2012 World Series of Poker Europe kicked off with a bang, as Antonio Esfandiari won his third gold bracelet. It ended with a bigger bang as Phil Hellmuth won his 13th title and became the only player with WSOP and WSOPE Main Event victories. In between, there were a host of other stories, broken records, tournament firsts, and memorable moments. Our time in Cannes has come to a close, but this WSOPE will be one to remember long after today.



Lucky 13

The saddest part about Phil Hellmuth's WSOPE Main Event victory is how quickly all those hates bearing the number 12 will go to waste. After several years between bracelets 11 and 12, Hellmuth picked up 13 just three months after his other 2012 gold bracelet victory. He also picked up the lead in the WSOP Player of the Year race and the pressure is now on Greg Merson, who will have to win the Main Event if he wants to surpass Hellmuth in the standings.



Bromance

Phil Hellmuth has had a host of rivalries over the course of his poker career. Sergii Baranov (pictured with Hellmuth) is making a strong case to join the pantheon of Hellmuth's best nemeses. The two have been sparring in pots all afternoon. In fact, it was a hand against Baranov that sent Hellmuth to the floor earlier in final table action. However, the table talk has been by and large rather friendly and the two are acting as if they have been friends for years.



Floored

Things have not been going well for Phil Hellmuth in the WSOPE Main Event. He is still one of the two big stacks, but he has lost several pots to Ukrainian Sergei Baranov. After one particularly brutal hand, Hellmuth had a bit of a blow-up that sent him to the ground he was so frustrated about how the hand played out.



Underdog

Mike Watson (know to some of his friends as "Mad Dog") began the third and final day of 50K High Roller play dead last in chips with one elimination to go before the bubble burst. Not only did Watson fight and survive to make me the money--he is now leading three-handed play against Richard Yong and John Juanda.



Behold the Bracelet

There is a lot on the line for the final four players in the WSOPE Main Event. The winner receives a €1,022,376 payday, a gold bracelet designed by Jason of Beverly Hills, and the prestige that comes with winning one of the biggest tournaments of the year.



Vive La France

This really is a banner year for the French at WSOPE. Prior to this year, no French player had ever won a WSOPE bracelet, now there are two French champions. Stephane Albertini (left) is adding to the French achievements today. Albertini doubled thru Christopher Brammer (right) to chip up and he is still alive with four players remaining. The best finish for a Frenchman in this tournament came from Antoine Saout who took seventh in the 2009 WSOPE Main Event. Albertini has already passed that and is looking to add a third WSOPE bracelet to France's tally.



Man Down

There has been a flurry of early eliminations in the WSOPE Main Event and the first player to hit the rail was a short-stacked Jason Mercier who ran A-Q into A-K to exit in eighth place for €84,672. Mercier and Daniel Negreanu are the only players to ever make repeat appearances at the WSOPE Main Event final table.



The Big Show

There isn't much more you can ask for at the final table of the 2012 WSOPE Main Event. You've got big names, a hotly contested Player of the Year contest, hometown heroes, satellite qualifiers, up and coming players, and, of course, Phil Hellmuth going for his record 13th gold bracelet. The action is being broadcast all over the world, available in 59 countries and airing live tonight on Eurosport and ESPN3.



Bubble Boy

There are few things that can make a player feel better about bubbling a major final table. It may provide little consolation to the WSOPE Main EVent final table bubble boy Timothy Adams, but the result does cap off a remarkable year for the Canadian poker pro who won a bracelet, took seventh in the $10,000 Six-Handed No Limit Hold'em Championship, and cashed four other times including the finish here and a run in the WSOP Main Event.



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