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2010 World Series of Poker Europe

Thursday, September 23, 2010 to Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Event #5: WSOP Europe Main Event - £10,000 No-Limit Hold’em

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  • Buy-in: £10,350
  • Prizepool: £3,460,000
  • Entries: 346
  • Remaining: 0

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010 12:46 PM Local Time

Hand #16: Daniel Steinberg took down the pot preflop with a raise to 55,000.

Hand #17: Fabrizio Baldassari opened for 60,000 from early to middle position, which was enough to trigger folds from the rest of the table, including Roland De Wolfe in the big blind.

Hand #18: Brian Powell kick-started the action with a raise to 55,000 preflop, only for James Bord to three-bet to 145,000 two seats along. Powell quickly released his hand.

Hand #19: The action folded around to Roland De Wolfe on the button who bumped it up to 60,000. Again, the blinds folded up like accordions.

Hand #20: For the second time today, Marc Inizan got his chips in the middle, this time from the button. Neither blind could find a hand and Inizan survived.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010 12:39 PM Local Time

Hand #14: It folded to Danny Steinberg on the small blind who made it 64k; James Bord folded the big blind.

Hand #15: It folded once again to Steinberg (button) who made the call. Small blind Bord folded and Ron Lee checked.

Flop:      . Check-check.

Turn:   Now Lee bet 32k and Steinberg makde the call.

River:   Lee bet out 57k and Steinberg quickly released. The rich get richer.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010 12:34 PM Local Time

Hand #12: It seems like the all-in move is catching. On the very next hand, Mark Inizan shoved from the cut-off to pick up the blinds uncontested.

Hand #13: Dan Fleyshman limped from middle position, Brian Powell made up the small blind and Daniel Steinberg checked his option.

The flop came     and everyone checked. The   turn, however, saw Steinberg take a stab with a bet of 35,000, but Powell showed resistance and made the call.

If either player were concerned about trips, then those suspicions were soon eradicated as the river brought the  . Both players checked allowing Steinberg to scoop with the monstrosity that is   .

Surely a value bet was in order there...

Tuesday, September 28, 2010 12:29 PM Local Time

Hand #9: Dan Fleyshman had the button and raised to 55,000 after action folded over to him. Everyone folded and Fleyshman won the pot.

Hand #10: James Bord raised from middle position to 65,000 and won the pot.

Hand #11: Action folded to Dan Fleyshman and he limped in. Roland de Wolfe called as well from the cutoff seat and then Nicolas Levi moved all in from the small blind for 336,000. Fleyshman folded and de Wolfe made the call.

De Wolfe:   

Levi:   

The flop came down     and Levi stayed in front. The   on the turn kept him in front again before the   paired the board on the river and solidified Levi's survival.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010 12:22 PM Local Time

Hand #4: Dan Fleyshman makes it 55k to play, which wins the pot for him preflop.

Hand #5: Fleyshman raises again, and it's deja vu all over again.

Hand #6: Fabrizio Baldassari makes it 60k to go. It's his.

Hand #7: Daniel Steinberg raises preflop and wins.

Hand #8: Fabrizio Baldassari raises to 60k and it's his pot preflop once again.

Gorilla Gaming
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 12:18 PM Local Time

That's right, South Africa will be a stop along the World Series of Poker Circuit this year. From Tuesday, October 26, 2010 to Sunday, October 31, 2010, the Emerald Casino in Gauteng, South Africa will play host to two events, an $1,100 Pot-Limit Omaha event and a $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event.

This event will be the first time the WSOP travels to Africa and broadens its horizons. For more information on the schedule, head to the [URL="http://www.wsop.com/tourney/tourneydetails.asp?groupID=779"]tournament page[/URL] and browse around.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010 11:54 AM Local Time

Yes, that's right, we said break. The players only had a tiny bit left in this level and it was enough for three hands of play. They all voted to take the full 20-minutes before play began.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010 11:53 AM Local Time

Hand #3: Ronald Lee raised to 45,000 in early to middle position and Brian Powell made the call in the big blind.

Both players checked the     flop, but Lee was less hospitable on the  , betting out for 51,000. Powell made the call.

The river came the  . Powell checked, triggering a bet of 86,000 from Lee. He didn't seem confident, but Powell indeed made the call finding that Lee had value bet   .

There were fears in the media room of a late finish, but if the opening hands are anything to go by, it seems as though the final nine are here to play rather than fold their way up the ladder.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010 11:48 AM Local Time

As the dealer began shuffling for the first hand, one of the short stacks Nicolas Levi asked, "What are the odds I get a walk the first hand?"

Hand #1: James Bord raised to 65,000 from middle position and every folded to give him the first pot of the day.

Hand #2: James Bord raised again preflop to 65,000. Ronald Lee made the call from the next seat and the flop came down     and Bord was up first. He fired a continuation bet worth 80,000 and Lee made the call.

The turn brought the   and Bord fired 125,000. Lee made the call and the   fell on the river. Bord fired 200,000. Lee went into the tank and then moved all in creating a huge pot on just the second hand of play. Both these players began the hand with well over a million in chips. After a few minutes in the tank, Bord gave it up and Lee scooped the pot. He's not in the chip lead with over two million in his stack.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010 11:38 AM Local Time

Forget a knife, you could cut the tension with a toothpick in here. Shuffle up and deal. Cards are in the air!

Gorilla Gaming
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 11:37 AM Local Time

Possibly the only thing for which a bracelet-event final table might now be paused for is the awarding of another bracelet. This one, for the £10,000 Heads-Up event here in London, goes to none other than Gus Hansen, after a final vs. Jim Collopy that had to span two days and three matches.

103 players took each other on, one at a time, until only these two remained. Hansen's matches were crowd-pullers, with a two-outer against Phil Ivey at one point drawing him back from the brink; he ended up winning that match and his confident performance sent him all the way through to the final. Collopy was a tough opponent, but Hansen prevailed to bring home £288,409 and his first ever WSOP gold, surely a satisfying achievement for the triple WPT winner. Hansen is one of the most recognisable players in the world, having graced televised poker nearly from its outset, his unpredictable and aggressive style being the hallmark of his poker play. He has been sitting patiently, however, as the final is introduced, and now comes to collect his jewellery. Congratulations, Mr. Hansen.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010 11:02 AM Local Time

Out of all the people at Victory Poker, Dan Fleyshman may be the most unrecognizable face. With pros like Antonio Esfandiari, Brian Rast and Andrew Robl on his team, Fleyshman's poker skills may go a bit unnoticed.

Fleyshman doesn't have a ton of big results on record, but he tends to make it count when he makes the money of an event. He has ten cashes and out of those ten, five are wins. That's not bad at all when you're batting .500 for an average.

The two largest scores Fleyshman has on record are a win in a $500 event at the Bellagio in 2005 for $26,740 and a win at the 2009 $2,500 WPS/CPT Championship for $38,200. In total, the man from San Diego, California has over $105,000 in career earnings, but right now it looks as though he'll be winning plenty more than that in this one event.

He began playing poker in 2005 as more of a hobby than a profession. Soon after he began playing, a year later Fleyshman won the first ever CEO Poker Championship that was held at the Palms in Las Vegas, but that's not his claim to fame.

Fleyshman began a clothing line called Who's Your Daddy that eventually launched into Kohl's and Mervyn's stores before landing a three-year distribution deal in Europe. From there, the line began raking in the cash and grossed more than $15 million over the next couple of years. After that, Fleyshman decided to launch an energy drink and saw his product rise up the charts, much like he sees his chip stack doing in this WSOP Europe Main Event. When he decided it was time to take the company to the stock market at the young age of 23, Fleyshman was made the youngest owner of a publicly traded company in history. Ever had Who's Your Daddy Energy Drink? Well, that's Fleyshman's stuff.

Fast-forward a few years to when Fleyshman was 28. He becamse the CEO of Victory Poker and hopes to see the company rise through the ranks much like his other successes have. If it's anything like he's been doing in this event, hard work and solid decisions will lead him there.

Fleyshman will begin the final table as the chip leader with 1,946,000. That's about 18.75% of the chips in play.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010 11:01 AM Local Time

Before becoming a professional poker player, Ronald Lee did what most young 20-somethings do; he went to school. The student-turned-poker-pro is from Brooklyn, New York and has three cashes on his record, with two of those coming from WSOP events.

In April of 2009, Lee placed 40th at the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo for €40,000. That same year, he went on to cash in the WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas. His finish there in 499th place netted him $25,027. This year, Lee could only manage to cash once in the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed event.

Lee comes into the final table second in chips behind Dan Fleyshman with 1,899,000.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010 11:00 AM Local Time

James Bord is 29 years old and plays poker for a living. Prior to playing a card game for a living, Bord worked in banking. He has since turned his funds into poker chips on the felt and so far it's proven to be a solid decision, which will be further solidified if he can win here today.

This event marks Bord's sixth cash in a WSOP event. It's not his first final table though, he placed sixth this year in the $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball event for just under $13,000. His largest cash on record came from a second-place finish in a Venetian Deep Stack event for $29,269.

Although Bord doesn't normally play tournaments, he's done very well to grind his way to the final table here. He regularly plays high-limit cash games around the world, but this final table could have him catching the tournament fever. Bord will enter the day right in the middle of the pack, fifth in chips with 1,331,000.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010 10:59 AM Local Time

The young 22 year old from Fairfield, Iowa in the United States is a professional poker player who is making his first-ever WSOP final table. Danny Steinberg has a twin brother who can be seen along the rail rooting him on today and according to Steinberg his brother is, "just as successful as me."

Steinberg cashed in this year's WSOP twice after playing seven events over the summer. He finished in the money in the $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em event for a small cash and then also finished in the money in the Main Event. Steinberg's Main Event finish in 395th place earned him $31,647, a score that he's already topped in this event.

Coming into the day third in chips with 1,520,000, Steinberg has a great shot at really distancing himself from his twin brother. "Hey bro, check out this gold bracelet I just picked up," might be the line of some fun ribbing that goes on if Steinberg happens to win this title. Win or not, Steinberg's brother has been on the rail just about everyday to support his brother and cheer him on.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010 10:58 AM Local Time

Brian Powell hails from Louisville, Kentucky and is 29 years old. Powell is a professional poker player.

Back in 2006, Powell recorded his first cash when he finished 17th in the $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em event at the Five Diamond World Poker Classic. That score was only worth about $7,000, but the following year he would earn a much larger one. Powell placed 11th at the Legends of Poker in 2007 for $57,155. It wasn't the big win he was looking for, but after going zero for ten in WSOP events that year, the money helps to ease the pain.

When it comes to the WSOP, Powell has four cashes on record and three of those are in bigger buy-in $10,000 events. In 2008, Powell cashed in the World Championship Heads-Up event at the Series for over $14,000. That was his only cash that, but he recorded two more the following year, including his largest to date. First, Powell took 13th in the World Championship Mixed event for $27,718 before going on to finish 66th in the Main Event for over $90,000 and his largest-ever live cash. This year, Powell only hit the money once in a WSOP event, taking home about $8,000 for a 29th-place finish in the $2,500 Pot-Limit Omaha event.

Powell has over $200,000 in live tournament earnings, but that doesn't mean he's going to settle for anything but first place in this one. He comes into the WSOP Europe final table sixth in chips with 842,000.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010 10:58 AM Local Time

What do we know about Italian Fabrizio Baldassari? Well, not a whole lot, but maybe we should start getting in the know.

Baldassari has over $100,000 in career winnings and has cashed in two EPT events and one IPT event. His two EPT cashes both came in 2009; at EPT London, he finished 39th and then at EPT Prague, he took 43rd. At IPT Venice in July of this year, Baldassari fnished in 49th place.

In order to find Baldassari's best result on the felt, one has to look back to February of 2008. At the 7 Tappa Campionato Italiano in San Remo, Baldassari took fourth in the Main Event for €25,000, making up just about a quarter of his lifetime tournament winnings.

This final table is Baldassari's first-ever WSOP cash and he's really making the most of it by reaching the final table. Baldassari enters the day with 697,000 chips and that's good enough for seventh place on the leader board.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010 10:58 AM Local Time

The Frenchman has been a professional poker for a few years now and is currently based in London. With seven WSOP cashes to his name and over $765,000 in lifetime earnings, Nicolas Levi is still looking for his breakout victory after many deep runs in events around the world. This one could be it here in the WSOP Europe Main Event and what a dandy it would be.

Checking in on Levi's WSOP history, he has one Main Event cash in London that came back in 2007, the first year the event was held in Europe. He placed 27th that year. He also has one final table in a WSOP event, placing ninth in 2008 out in Las Vegas in the $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em event. Earlier this year, Levi scored his best WSOP finish. He placed fifth in the $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout event for over $92,000, his second largest score to date.

Besides doing well in WSOP events, Levi does a lot of damage on the European felt, especially in EPT events. He final table EPT Dortmund back in 2007, cahsed at EPT Prague in 2009, made it to the final four tables at EPT Deauville in 2010 and then also cashed at the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo in 2010.

Despite all of his success though, Levi has still yet to score a win. After looking over all of his live scores, not one of them is a victory. It'd be one hell of a thing to win your first event in the WSOP Europe Main Event and that's what Levi will be looking to do today. He may have to get lucky and do it early with only 428,000 chips, but this is poker and anything can happen.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010 10:57 AM Local Time

When we first really found out about Marc Inizan was at EPT Berlin. He was one of the chip leaders throughout the last few days of the event and went on to make the final table and finish in third place for €350,000. That was by far Inizan's largest cash and still is, but he'll be looking to change all of that today.

Inizan started playing poker in 2005 after seeing a WSOP broadcast on late-night French TV. Seeing those he could relate to winning millions of dollars playing a card game inspired him to start an online account. Through trial and error, Inizan built up a bankroll, playing sit-n-gos and multi-table tournaments. It wasn't hard for his bankroll to begin to swell up as Inizan has a solid background in math.

In 2007, Inizan notched his first live score. At the C$10,000 WPT Championship Event at the North American Poker Championships in Ontario, Inizan ran well enough to make it down to the final 24 players. He was eliminated in 24th for C$51,065.

Inizan only cashed in a small $500 Venetian Deep Stack event in 2008, but in 2009 he finished in the money in the WPT Venice and then final tabled the Belgium Open Poker Championships Main Event. This all see up for the big year he was to have in 2010.

Already with $543,801 in live tournament earnings this year alone, that number is only going to rise from here. Inizan has landed himself five cashes this year, including his best as the aforementioned EPT Berlin finish. He also finished in the money in the $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em Championship event at the WSOP this year in Las Vegas. He finished 13th and just missed the final table by a few spots so this one will be his first.

No one said poker was easy and for Inizan it won't be at this WSOP Europe Main Event final table. He will enter the day as the shortest stack with just 349,000. Knowing Inizan's style, he's not going to sit around and get blinded out which means the fireworks could go off early.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010 10:57 AM Local Time

Roland de Wolfe began in the poker industry as a writer for the English magazine Inside Edge. After spending a short career pushing the pen around, de Wolfe decided it was time to take his own shot at pushing chips around.,

De Wolfe began playing some smaller buy-in tournaments in 2004 and had some pretty reasonable success. The following year though, he had a big breakout after he won the WPT's Grand Prix de Paris for just under $575,000. With that big win and a swollen bankroll, de Wolfe began playing more and more events worldwide. The more events he played, the more results he posted.

In 2006, he entered the WPT World Championship where he took third for over $1 million. During the summer of that year, he would go on to cash in two WSOP events, making the final table of one of them. Also in 2006, de Wolfe won an event at the Poker Meltdown Festival in London and took home nearly $700,000 for a win at the Irish Masters in Dublin. Two more six-figure paydays rolled in during November and December when he placed second in a pair of events.

Back in Dublin the following year in 2007, de Wolfe took second to Marty Smyth in an event at the Irish Open for over $400,000. That year was also a pretty big year for de Wolfe on the WSOP felt. He cashed in five WSOP events in the U.S. and once here in London at the WSOP Europe.

The following year in 2008, de Wolfe final tabled the $5,000 Limit/No-Limit Hold'em event at the WSOP, coming in fourth for over $117,000. In 2009, he recorded five more WSOP cashes and was able to land his first gold bracelet. De Wolfe won the $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo event for nearly $250,000 to claim his first piece of WSOP jewelry and he'll be looking to add another here today. That same year, de Wolfe also placed fifth in a $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event at the Series for $112,957.

De Wolfe can often be found playing online when there's no live action to satisfy his craving. He's frequently found on the Omaha tables at the higher limits, grinding out a tournament bankroll. Over his career, Roland has earned more than $4 million in tournament winnings, and he's well on his way to another nice score here this week.

Although this has been one of de Wolfe's more down years on the felt with only $241,193 in winnings so far, he has managed to make it to the final table of this elite event. Earlier this year in February, de Wolfe won the £2,000 No-Limit Hold'em Mansion Poker Les A London Open for £77,000 and will surely be looking to make this his second title of the year, and a massive one at that.

De Wolfe is the only Full Tilt Red Pro left in the field and comes into the final table fourth in chips with 1,377,000.

Gorilla Gaming