Monday, October 21, 2013 10:14 PM Local Time
Phil Hellmuth Jr. will not become a two-time World Series of Poker Europe Main Event winner this year and for now, his bracelet tally will remain at lucky number 13.
Hellmuth’s final hand of the tournament began with Loni Harwood opening to 3,500 from under the gun. Folded around to Fabrice Soulier on the button and he flat called. Hellmuth then moved all in for a little over 20,000 from the big blind.
“I know he’s calling,” said Hellmuth, gesturing to Soulier, as Loni Harwood contemplated her decision.
Eventually Harwood called and it was back on Soulier. After a few moments, Soulier shoved his giant stack in the middle and forced Harwood to fold. With that, Hellmuth was at-risk.
The board ran out bricks and it was bye bye to The Poker Brat.
Monday, October 21, 2013 10:13 PM Local Time
“Probably 75 or 80,” Daniel Negreanu said to his table. “No less than 75 though.”
Negreanu was throwing in his prediction for how many players the day would end with. With about 15 minutes to go in the level, the tournament clock was barely in the three digits with 100 players.
“Then the next day down to 24?” Someone else asked. They continued to speculate about days and amount of players. They all agreed that only one player could be left standing by the end of October 25th but they -- again -- disagreed on who it would be.
“I’m sure it’s me,” Negreanu said, standing up from his table. “It’s my clear intention. You don’t know my manifestation.”
“I thought I set you straight,” said James Alexander.
While Alexander might not have the results Negreanu does, he made it far deeper than Kid Poker in the WSOP Main Event this summer.
Aside from the three November Niners still in the field, Alexander made it further than everyone in the field.
Alexander made it to the final three tables of the main event, but became the two-table bubble when he busted in 19th, earning $285,408 for his first-ever WSOP cash.
Now Alexander is trying improve on his finish, but he's going to have to deal with a dedicated Negreanu. Aside from an intense desire to win his second WSOP Main Event this year, Negreanu is searching for his second WSOP Player of the year title:
Monday, October 21, 2013 10:10 PM Local Time
It all just kicked off on table 45.
It looked as though Martin Finger had raised preflop with Dimitri Holdev flat-calling in the small blind before Xavier Sitruk squeezed all in from the big blind for 16,900.
Finger now flat-called this bet before Holdev now made it 35,000 in the small blind.
Finger shoved and Holdev called.
The board ran out and Sitruk trebled up to 55,000 while Holdev doubled up his remaining stack to 140,000. Finger dropped to 70,000.
Monday, October 21, 2013 9:59 PM Local Time
Dominik Nitsche and Gereon Sowa are sitting side-by-side over on Table 23 and are both having a great day at the felt. They recently played out a hand together.
We arrived at the action with a flop on the felt and with Nitsche having bet 9,600 out of the small blind position. Sowa, from the button, thought for quite some time, all the while Nitsche stared him down. Eventually Sowa called and a hit the turn. This time Nitsche bet 16,500 and continued with a piercing stare. Sowa again decided to call and the board completed with a
After a few moments, Nitsche decided to check and so too did Sowa. At showdown, Nitsche mucked when Sowa showed
Following the above hand Sowa had around 280,000 in chips, while Nitsche is doing extremely well with 240,000.
Monday, October 21, 2013 9:57 PM Local Time
Andrew Whitaker just knocked his chair over and headed straight for the door.
He was all in with against Kim Sok's and came a-cropper on a board after Sok hit trips on the river to eliminate him.
Monday, October 21, 2013 9:54 PM Local Time
Daniel Laidlaw raised to 3,500 preflop and Jeremy Routier made the call. Aydin Faith then three-bet to 7,300 from the button and Jenvik Meinsohn made the call in the small blind. Laidlaw and Routier also called.
The flop was and it was checked to Faith who bet 12,800. Meinsohn check-raised all in while Laidlaw and Routier folded. Faith didn't like it, but he made the call.
The turn was the the best card in the deck for Faith, he improved to a straight and now Meinsohn couldn't hit the queen of diamonds.
The river was the and Meinsohn was knocked out and said that his cold-call of the three-bet had been a misclick and he hadn't seen the reraise.
Monday, October 21, 2013 9:45 PM Local Time
We recently arrived at a table to find Fabrice Soulier and Daniel Alaei involved in a hand on the turn of a board. There was already a big pot building and both players checked the turn.
On the river, Soulier led for 12,700 and Alaei thought for a long time before making the call. At showdown, Soulier showed – enough to send Alaei’s cards into the muck.
Soulier’s stack is nearing 200,000 in chips, while Alaei’s has fallen below the current average.
Soulier won the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E in 2011, but his biggest tournament result was right here in France when he won €500,000 for finishing 3rd in the Partouche Poker Tour Main Event.
Monday, October 21, 2013 9:34 PM Local Time
Faraz Jaka doubled up just before the dinner break and it was anything but standard. Jaka joins PokerListings.com in the studio to explain what went down.
Monday, October 21, 2013 9:27 PM Local Time
Ange Mathieu Bonvarlet opened to 3,900 preflop and Jeffrey Yarchever made the call before Aaron Lim raised to 12,200 from the small blind.
Bonvarlet folded but Yarchever made the call for a second time.
The flop was and Lim fired out a bet of 13,400.
Yarchever went into the tank for several minutes, but with each minute it became more difficult for him to call because it was clear he had something marginal.
Finally he folded saying to Lim, “I know you have ace-king...”
Monday, October 21, 2013 9:17 PM Local Time
Antoine Saout moved all in for 16,800 and Marc-Andre Ladouceur made the call from his immediate left. The other players folded and the showdown went as following.
The board ran out and Saout hit a nice river after Ladouceur hit the flop. Saout is up to around 35,000 chips Ladouceur still has around 118,000 chips left.
Monday, October 21, 2013 9:09 PM Local Time
Angel Guillen won a WSOP bracelet back in 2009 and since then has had plenty of success in poker events all around the world. He’s still alive and well here late on Day 2 of the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event and we recently caught him scooping up a handy little pot.
It started with Guillen opening the button to 3,200. Benny Spindler called from the small blind and so too did Didier Pitcho from the big blind. On the flop, all three players checked and a hit the turn. This time when Spindler checked, Pitcho bet 5,200. Guillen made the call, while Spindler quickly got out of the way.
The board completed with a on the river and both players checked. At showdown, Pitcho turned over which went straight into the muck when Guillen showed
Monday, October 21, 2013 9:04 PM Local Time
Dan O’Brien was knocked out before the dinner break but we found him hanging out in the tournament room just now. O’Brien explained to us how Marc-Andre Ladouceur raised from the lojack to 2,500 and he proceeded to move all in for 16,800 from his immediate left.
The player in the small blind moved all in over the top and Ladouceur folded. O’Brien showed pocket jacks and he was flipping against ace-queen with the queen of diamonds.
The board ran out 8x and the river was “all the problems in one card,” as O’Brien phrased it.
O’Brien was knocked out just like former WSOP Main Event winner Jonathan Duhamel who was also seated at this table not too long ago.
Monday, October 21, 2013 9:03 PM Local Time
Fabrice Soulier opened to 3,600 from the hijack before Flavien Guenan made it 8,000 in the seat next to him.
Soulier made the call to see a flop where he check-called a bet of 7,100 from Guenan.
Both players checked the turn before Soulier bet 15,000 on the river. Guenan took a moment then made the call and Soulier showed to win the pot.
Monday, October 21, 2013 9:03 PM Local Time
He can win the button but he won’t be winning the Main Event.
Shortly after coming back from dinner, a short-stacked Jeff “Win the Button” Rossiter moved all-in for 19,600 from middle position.
Action folded around to Daniel Negreanu in the big blind, who thought for a bit and called.
Rossiter turned over and Negreanu seemed relieved.
“I’m not drawing dead against that,” Negreanu said as he turned over
The board ran and a very Greenstein river eliminated Rossiter.
“Sorry boss,” Negreanu said as he shook Rossiter’s hand and chipped up to about 87,000.
Jeff "Win the Button" Rossiter
Monday, October 21, 2013 8:43 PM Local Time
The remaining 113 players are well-fed and back for more poker.
Play will continue for two more levels and then we'll bag and tag for the day.
There's been no major chip shifts throughout the dinner break and Jeremy Ausmus is still leading with 310,000.
Cards are in the air.
Monday, October 21, 2013 8:38 PM Local Time
Dave 'Devilfish' Ulliott, a WPT title and WSOP bracelet winner, is a fairly outspoken character. Here he offers his philosophy and advice to the youngsters of today.
Monday, October 21, 2013 7:12 PM Local Time
Approximately 119 players have been sent on a 90-minute dinner break.
At this point it looks like Jeremy Ausmus is the chip leader with more than 300,000 in chips!
Players will be back at around 8.40pm local time.
Ausmus has already won a bracelet this week
Monday, October 21, 2013 7:09 PM Local Time
Dominik Nitsche is up to 270,000 after he check-called all three streets of a Q-J-7-8-2 board with K-Q against Daniel Laidlaw. On the river, Nitsche ended up calling a bet of 28,000 and Laidlaw could only show a missed A-K.
Monday, October 21, 2013 7:07 PM Local Time
The board read when we picked up the action. Sam Greenwood was tanking while facing a 13,300-chip bet and after a long time he decided to call. On the river the hit and Greenwood checked again.
Gereon Sowa quickly threw in 30,000 chips and that put Greenwood all in.
Greenwood tanked for more than four minutes but ultimately he decided to fold leaving himself with 29,000 chips.
Sowa meanwhile is doing great with 230,000 chips and he’s one of the chip leaders.
Monday, October 21, 2013 6:56 PM Local Time
Antonio Esfandiari joked to PokerListings.com that he plans to bink the second-ever $1 million Big One for One Drop next summer and really put the hurt on the poker community. Esfandiari looks back on the biggest win in poker's history and what has to be the highlight of an already stellar poker career.