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2013 World Series of Poker Europe

Saturday, October 19, 2013 to Friday, October 25, 2013

Event #7: €10,450 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event

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  • Buy-in: €10,450
  • Prizepool: €3,600,000
  • Entries: 375
  • Remaining: 0


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Monday, October 21, 2013 3:15 PM Local Time

Jonas Lauck won an event here in France earlier this year. He finished 1st out of 222 players and picked up €163,700 in the €3,000 High Roller at the French Poker Series Final.

He was down to just over ten big blinds recently, but has now managed to double up.

We arrived at the action to find Aussie Daniel Laidlaw having opened it up from the cut-off and with Lauck moving all in for 10,200 from the small blind. Laidlaw made the call and the cards were turned over.


Lauck was looking good to double up, but had a big sweat after the dealer flipped over a     flop. However, the   turn and the   river were both safe and so he took down the pot. 

Monday, October 21, 2013 3:12 PM Local Time

Noah Schwartz was tanking on the turn of a      board after Phil Ivey had check-raised all in for 17,100.

Schwartz continually talked to himself about the potential hands that Ivey could have, “Call the flop, check-raise the turn...”

He then began apologising to his table for taking so long with the decsion.

After about five minutes, Schwartz flicked his cards into the muck and a wordless Ivey stacked up his newly acquired chips

Monday, October 21, 2013 3:08 PM Local Time

Philipp Gruissem, currently seated to the left of Daniel Negreanu, just raised and was three-bet by Jeff Rossiter up to 4,600. The action was folded back to Gruissem who called, and the flop brought    

Gruissem checked the flop to Rossiter who bet 5,300 and the German pro called. On the turn the   hit and Gruissem checked again. This time Rossiter moved all in for 18,500 and Gruissem reluctantly called.

Gruissem showed    and he was looking for a club against Rossiter’s    On the river the   hit and Rossiter bumped his stack to around 60,000 chips. Gruissem had around 45,000 left to work with.

Monday, October 21, 2013 3:03 PM Local Time

Faraz Jaka has doubled up to the heady heights of 55,000 after he was all in preflop with    against Mark Newhouse's   

The board came       and Newhouse was left with 43,000 after the hand.

Monday, October 21, 2013 2:59 PM Local Time

We recently arrived to find Jason Duval and Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier involved in a hand on the turn of a      board.

There was around 20,000 already in the pot at this point and Grospellier had checked. Duval quietly slid out more than enough 5,000-denomination chips to put Grospellier all in and “ElkY” went into the tank.

Grospellier had 18,300 behind and eventually made the call.

It was a good call too, with his    currently in front of the    of Duval.

Then a   completed the board on the river and Grospellier left the tournament not looking very happy at what happened. Grospellier didn’t seem to cheer up when one of the players at the table said to him, “It was a good call.”

Duval currently has a little more than 100,000 in chips. 

Monday, October 21, 2013 2:45 PM Local Time

Igor Kurganov is the chip leader thanks in part to winning a huge pot when he eliminated Ole Schemion. The latter had started today with just under 100,000 but was happy to get his stack in on a king-high board in a four-bet pot with ace-king. Unfortunately for Schemion, Kurganov had aces and dispatched him very quickly.

Kurganov is sitting with around 190,000 at the moment.

Monday, October 21, 2013 2:42 PM Local Time

Andy Frankenberger just raised to 1,700 from the cutoff and Gjergj Sinishtaj called from the button. The Frenchman in the small blind, Jeremie Demri, three-bet to 5,600 and both Frankenberger and Sinishtaj called.

The flop brought     and Demri fired out 9,100 into two players. Frankenberger tanked for about 30 seconds and then he moved all in for 26,000. Sinishtaj did not take that long as he also moved all in and Demri went into the tank. After about a minute Demri double-checked his cards and folded.


The board ran out    and Frankenberger was knocked out as Sinishtaj had him covered by about 6,000 chips. Sinishtaj is now up to around 75,000 chips.

Monday, October 21, 2013 2:34 PM Local Time

Earlier in the day Ilani Ran cracked Benny Spindler’s aces. It’s never a good feeling to have aces cracked, but that just means it feels all the better when you get some revenge.

Spindler’s revenge hand began with Mike Watson opening to 2,000 from under the gun. Folded around to Ran and he made the call from the button. Spindler was in the small blind and three-bet to 11,000. Watson quickly got out of the way and it was back on Ran. After a few moments, Ran moved all in for a little more than 30,000. Spindler quickly called.


Ran was already up on his feet as the dealer spread out a       board and with that, he was eliminated early on Day 2 of the WSOPE Main Event.

Spindler, from Germany, has cashed for almost US$4 million in tournament results over his career, but very little of that has come in WSOP events. Maybe he will be able to change that over the next few days.

Monday, October 21, 2013 2:33 PM Local Time

Registration has finally been closed and we have official confirmation of the player numbers and prize pool.

A total of 375 players took part in the 2013 WSOP Europe Main Event to produce a prize pool of €3,600,000. The top 40 players will finish in the money with a min-cash worth €20,250. Reaching the final table of eight will earn at least €77,500 while the payout structure has provided a top-heavy first-place prize of €1 million in prize money and of course, the gold WSOPE bracelet.

At the moment we have 199 players still in contention for all that money!

Monday, October 21, 2013 2:15 PM Local Time
Thomas chose to shove and his opponent made the call with    The river was the   to eliminate the former November Niner.
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Monday, October 21, 2013 2:01 PM Local Time

The first 20-minute break of the day is over, the players are back in their seats and the cards are in the air once again!

Blinds are now 400/800 with a 100 ante. 


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Players are back for the second level of the day

Monday, October 21, 2013 1:41 PM Local Time

The players are on their first break of the day.

Monday, October 21, 2013 1:38 PM Local Time

Maxim Panyak raised preflop to 1,300 before Antonio Esfandiari made it 2,600 in middle position. Eric Sfez flat-called on the button, as did Panyak.

The flop came     and it was checked to Esfandiari who bet 3,300. Sfez called and Panyak folded.

The turn was the   and Esfandiari bet 6,200, Sfez asked how much Esfandiari had left.

“About 14,000,” was the reply.

Sfez moved all in and Esfandiari made the call.


The river was the   and Esfandiari doubled up to 40,000.

Monday, October 21, 2013 1:34 PM Local Time

“I don’t know how you didn’t shove that whole hand,” said Danny Steinberg after he lost quite a large pot against recent WSOPE bracelet winner Noah Schwartz.

The action started with Steinberg opening to 1,400 from middle position. Noah Schwartz was on Steinberg’s direct left and made the call. When the rest of the table got out of the way, the dealer flipped over a     flop.

Steinberg check-called a bet of 1,700 here and an   hit the turn. Steinberg checked and Schwartz led for 2,500. This time when the action was back on Steinberg, he raised it up to 10,100. Schwartz counted out his stack a couple of times before making the call.

On the   river, Steinberg led for 14,000 and once again Schwartz counted down his stack and found that he had around two times as much as the bet. Eventually he opted to call half his stack and Steinberg tabled    When Schwartz’s    hit the felt, the full house was enough to win the pot. 


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Noah Schwartz is hungry for more WSOPE success

Monday, October 21, 2013 1:22 PM Local Time

Antoine Saout raised to 1,800 preflop from middle position before Christophe Schneider made it 3,500 in late position. Saout responded by moving all in for about 20,000.

Schneider tanked for several minutes before folding    face up.

Monday, October 21, 2013 1:21 PM Local Time
Monday, October 21, 2013 1:17 PM Local Time

Jason Gray, a member of the Australian Poker Hall of Fame, just managed to double up through Sorel Mizzi. The board read      when we saw Mizzi, with 10,600 out in front of him, contemplate calling Gray’s shove for a total of 23,950. Eventually Mizzi called and showed    for a queen-high flush draw.

Things looked pretty bad for Gray as he had    for a lower flush draw, but he did still have a straight draw and some pair outs.

The river brought the   and Gray managed to improve his hand. The Aussie’s now up to around 55,000 chips while Mizzi was left behind with 47,000.

Monday, October 21, 2013 1:17 PM Local Time

When Benny Spindler three-bets you from the button, it’s fair enough to be a non-believer. Ilani Ran thought as much when he four-bet jammed with    but the only problem was that this time Spindler had the goods as he called with   

However Ran’s move was rewarded when an unlikely board of       brought a couple more ducks to help Ran stay alive in remarkable fashion. His stack of 20,775 was doubled as Spindler missed out on a good opportunity but is still in good shape with 65,000 chips.

Monday, October 21, 2013 1:12 PM Local Time

On the turn of a      board, Phil Hellmuth moved all in and Mohsin Charania made the call.

“I flopped it,” said Hellmuth, turning over   
Charania showed    and needed an ace, three or ten to eliminate his foe.

The river was the   and Hellmuth is back to 35,000 after losing that big pot earlier to Fabrice Soulier.

Monday, October 21, 2013 1:10 PM Local Time

Jacques Guenni just ended up all in for his tournament life for around 20,000 chips and he was up against Vitaly Lunkin.

“Allez papa! Allez papa! Allez papa!” Guenni screamed of the top of his lungs as he found out he had the best hand.

Lunkin showed    against Guenni’s    but it was not over yet.

The flop brought     and Guenni made a sound we would like to refer to as the “crying whale”. Guenni almost fell to the floor, paced around the table and shouted some more as the turn, the   and the river, the   did not help him improve.

Guenni angrily packed up his belongings as he made his way to the exit and quietly Lunkin stacked his new chips. The Russian pro is now sitting on around 60,000 chips.