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2011 World Series of Poker Europe

Saturday, October 15, 2011 to Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Event #7: WSOP Europe Main Event - €10,400 No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: €10,400
  • Prizepool: €5,692,800
  • Entries: 593
  • Remaining: 0

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Thursday, October 20, 2011 11:39 PM Local Time

Elio Fox - Champion!

The 2011 World Series of Poker Europe has come to a close with the conclusion of the €10,400 Main Event Championship. It was an absolutely amazing series capped off by Elio Fox becoming victorious in the Main Event and earning the massive €1,400,000 first-place prize.

Back on Saturday, October 15, this prestigious event kicked off and 310 players came out for Day 1a. On Day 1b, another 283 players joined the mix to take the grand total of entrants all the way up to 593, easily making it the largest WSOP Europe Main Event in history. The amazingly large field generated a prize pool of €5,692,800 and the top 64 places were to be paid out. The eight players to make the final table would have a chance at €3,890,000 of that prize pool and coming into the final day, Elio Fox headed the bunch.

The first player eliminated on the day was Britain's Max Silver. He was followed out the door by Jake Cody, Shawn Buchanan, Dermot Blain, Brian Roberts and Moritz Kranich in that order, leaving just two players to duke it out for the bracelet.

The heads-up battle for the title came down to American Elio Fox and Brit Chris Moorman. When the match began, Fox held the lead with 11.095 million in chips to 6.72 million.

About 20 hands into heads-up play, Fox took a big chunk from the stack of Moorman. Fox had the button and he raised to 200,000. Moorman called. The flop came       and Moorman checked to Fox who bet 250,000. Moorman took his time and raised the action to 625,000 and Fox made the call.

The turn was the interesting   and Moorman kept up his momentum with a bet of 950,000. Fox remained seemingly unfazed with his fists clenched tightly underneath his mouth; he grabbed for chips and made the call.

The river was the even more interesting   and Moorman pulled back on the brake a little bit with a check. Action moved to Fox and he also checked and we had a showdown. Fox showed the    for the tiniest of flushes and Moorman mucked his hand.

On the final hand, Fox had the button and raised to 200,000 with the blinds at 50,000/100,000/10,000. Moorman three-bet to 430,000 and then Fox shoved all in. Moorman called it all off and it looked like he had a little over two million in chips left. He held the    and was dominated by Fox's   .

The flop was interesting with the     falling. The turn brought the   and gave Moorman some outs to a chop. When the river landed with the  , it was all over with and Fox was the champion. For his finish in second place, Moorman took home €800,000.

Final Table Payouts

PlacePlayerPrize
1Elio Fox€1,400,000
2Chris Moorman€800,000
3Moritz Kranich€550,000
4Brian Roberts€400,000
5Dermot Blain€275,000
6Shawn Buchanan€200,000
7Jake Cody€150,000
8Max Silver€115,000

Congratulations to all of the winners and especially to Elio Fox for his victory in the 2011 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event. That wraps up PokerNews coverage from Cannes, France for this amazing series, but the WSOP still has one more event to finish off for 2011. Join us in a couple weeks for the WSOP Main Event November Nine live from Las Vegas, Nevada. We'll see you there!

Thursday, October 20, 2011 11:36 PM Local Time

Chris Moorman - 2nd place

Hand #201: Elio Fox had the button. He raised to 200,000, and Chris Moorman three-bet to 430,000. Fox responded with a shove, and Moorman made the call for his tournament life. It looked like he had about 2.1 million chips left, and they were now all committed to this pot. And as the cards were turned up, the news was not at all good for the Brit.

Showdown
Fox:    
Moorman:    

For the first time in 11 hours, the atmosphere in the room became electric as everyone scrambled around to find a line of sight. Some ran to the television screens, others flooded the perimeter of the stage, craning their necks to catch a glimpse of the decisive flop. The dealer spread out      , and that was a fantastic sweat. A chorus of nervous chatter coursed through the studio as Moorman picked up another four outs to fill in the gutterball.

The turn came the  , and that was another sweat. If he had to miss fourth street, the board pair was a good way for Moorman to do it. Now he could catch a three or a four to chop, or a five or seven to win. Thirteen outs once seems like an awful lot for a guy who runs like Chris Moorman, but it just was not meant to be today.

River:  

That's clean and safe for Fox, and it's the card that's put the bracelet on his wrist here in Cannes!

It's hard to be disappointed when you've just earned €800,000, but Moorman was clearly frustrated with the way his day ran out over the last couple hours. He was closing in on half the chips in play at one point, and you'd have been a fool to bet against him, even when he started leaking a bit. We know we wouldn't want to face him heads-up for a bracelet, but Fox looked him up with the confidence of a true champion, jabbing away at the little pots and landing every big punch he threw.

Moorman will have to settle for second place today, and the cash he'll collect should eventually help to take away some of the sting. It's been another fine run for he and the Brits here this week.

Thursday, October 20, 2011 11:24 PM Local Time

Hand #192: Chris Moorman was on the button and Elio Fox got a walk.

Hand #193: Elio Fox was on the button and he raised to 200,000 and Chris Moorman folded.

Hand #194: Chris Moorman was on the button and Elio Fox got another walk.

Hand #195: Elio Fox was on the button and raised to 200,000, Chris Moorman raised to 500,000, Elio Fox moved all-in and Moorman snap-folded yet again! Moorman's chip stack is dwindling as Fox retains control of this HU encounter.

Hand #196: Chris Moorman raised to 200,000 and Elio Fox folded.

Hand #197: Elio Fox raised to 200,000 and Chris Moorman folded.

Hand #198: Chris Moorman raised to 200,000 and Elio Fox decided he wanted to see a flop. The flop was       and both players checked. The turn was the   and Fox bet 250,000 and Moorman folded.

Hand #199: Elio Fox had the button and raised to 200,000 and Chris Moorman folded.

Hand #200: Chris Moorman had the button and he raised to 200,000. Elio Fox pulled his chips back into roost and replaced them with a bigger bet of 460,000 and Moorman folded.

Thursday, October 20, 2011 11:15 PM Local Time

Chris Moorman

Hand #186: Chris Moorman had the button, and he raised to 200,000. Elio Fox defended, and the flop came      . Fox checked, Moorman bet 200,000, and Fox would go no further. No jack-deuce this time, it seems.

Hand #187: Elio Fox had the button. He raised to 200,000 and took it down.

Hand #188: Chris Moorman had the button, and he raised to 200,000. Elio Fox reraised to 525,000, and Moorman folded out of the way.

Hand #189: Elio Fox had the button, and he raised to 200,000. Chris Moorman folded.

Hand #190: Chris Moorman had the button, and he gave Elio Fox a walk.

Hand #191: Elio Fox had the button, and he raised to 200,000. Chris Moorman took a longer-than-usual pause, and that usually means a reraise here. Indeed, he added some more to the bet and made it 500,000 total, but it would not get through. Fox announced an all-in four-bet, and Moorman gaped at the move. His eyes got all wide for a moment, but not in the good way, and he shook his head and folded.

Thursday, October 20, 2011 11:09 PM Local Time

Hand #185: Elio Fox had the button and he raised to 200,000 and Chris Moorman called. The flop had more clubs in it than Soho -       - and Moorman checked to Fox who bet 250,000. Moorman took his time and raised the action to 625,000 and Fox made the call. The turn was the interesting   and Moorman kept up his momentum with a bet of 950,000. Fox remained seemingly unfazed with his fists clenched tightly underneath his mouth; he grabbed for chips and made the call. Going to the last card and someone was going to be disappointed. The river was the even more interesting   and Moorman pulled back on the brake a little bit with a check. Action to Fox and he also checked and we had a showdown of epic proportions.

Showdown

Fox   
MoormanMucked

Incredibly Fox won with his   making him a flush and Moorman is down under 5 million now.

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Thursday, October 20, 2011 11:00 PM Local Time

Hand #175: Elio Fox had the button. He raised to 200,000, and Chris Moorman folded.

Hand #176: Chris Moorman had the button. He opened to 200,000 himself, and Elio Fox defended his big blind. The flop came      , and Fox checked to the raiser. Moorman repeated the same 200,000, and Fox folded.

Hand #177: Elio Fox had the button, and he raised the minimum again. Moorman came along to the       flop this time, and Fox bet 225,000. He was called without too much delay, and Moorman checked the   turn as well. Fox kept the heat on with another 550,000 chips, and Moorman stared down at the board for a minute. Then, he folded.

Hand #178: Chris Moorman had the button, and he raised to 200,000. Elio Fox placed one more plaque into the pot to see the flop, and it came      . When Fox checked, Moorman bet 200,000, and he won the pot with no drama.

Hand #179: Elio Fox had the button, and he gave Chris Moorman the first walk of this heads-up duel.

Hand #180: Chris Moorman had the button, and a raise to 200,000 earned him the pot.

Hand #181: Elio Fox had the button, and this time he raised to 200,000 to win Moorman's big blind and ante.

Hand #182: Chris Moorman had the button, and he raised to -- you guessed it -- 200,000. Elio Fox called this time, and the flop came      . Check-check, and the   landed on the turn. Fox led out with 260,000 there, and the   put three threes on board. Fox froze in his thinking pose for about a bit before checking, and Moorman began stacking out chips. He threw 420,000 of them into the pot, and Fox couldn't call.

Hand #183: Elio Fox had the button, and 200,000 was enough to end the hand.

Hand #184: Chris Moorman had the button, and he opened to 200,000. Elio Fox pulled back his blind and slid out a reraise to 550,000 total. Moorman only spent about 20 seconds mulling it over before making the call. The flop came      , and that's a c-bet flop. Fox put out 525,000, and Moorman ducked out.

Thursday, October 20, 2011 10:44 PM Local Time
Level: 29
Blinds: 50000/100000
Ante: 10000
Thursday, October 20, 2011 10:43 PM Local Time

Hand #168: Chris Moorman had the button in the very first hand of heads up action and his first raise of 175,000 won the pot.

Hand #169: Elio Fox had the button and he raised to 160,000 and Moorman folded.

Hand #170: Chris Moorman started from the button and he raised to 175,000. Elio Fox made the first three-bet of the heads-up action when he re-raised to 475,000. The Moorman fans were filling the rail as he went through his decisions in his mind. He then four-bet to 950,000 and Fox folded very quickly.

Hand #171: Elio Fox had the button and he raised to 160,000. Moorman continued his assault on the Fox stack with a three-bet of 460,000 and Fox folded.

Hand #172: Chris Moorman had the button and he made it 165,000 to play. The reaction of Elio Fox was to three-bet to 480,000 and Moorman four-bet to 960,000. Fox decided to take a stand and moved all-in and Moorman folded.

Hand #173: Elio Fox raised to 160,000 on the button and Chris Moorman made the call. The flop was       and Moorman was first to bet and Fox folded instantly.

Hand #174: Chris Moorman raised to 165,000 on the button and Elio Fox folded.

Thursday, October 20, 2011 10:33 PM Local Time

Thursday, October 20, 2011 10:29 PM Local Time

Jack Effel is on the horn right now, introducing the players to the audience and cueing the dealer into action. After wishing them both luck, Effel gave the command.

"Shuffle Up and Deal!"

Thursday, October 20, 2011 10:11 PM Local Time

We're down to just two, a Brit and an American, and they're going to take a quick ten-minute break before commencing the final duel.

Sit tight!

Elio Fox11,095,0002,095,000
Chris Moorman6,720,00020,000
Thursday, October 20, 2011 10:09 PM Local Time

Moritz Kranich eliminated in 3rd place

Hand #165: Moritz Kranich had the button and raised to 160,000 and it was enough to win the blinds and antes.

Hand #166: Chris Moorman had the button and raised to 175,000 and won the blinds and antes.

Hand #167: Elio Fox had the button and he raised to 160,000, Moritz Kranich was in the small blind and he moved all-in for around 1,600,000. Chris Moorman folded and Fox called and we had a showdown with Kranich at risk of elimination.

Showdown

Fox   
Kranich   

Flop:      

Kranich flopped an open ended straight draw and a back draw flush draw but Fox retained his lead.

Turn:  

Still no change.

River:  

It was all over for Kranich and he is eliminated in a very respectable 3rd place earning himself €550,000.

Thursday, October 20, 2011 10:02 PM Local Time

Hand #159: After the elimination of Brian Roberts, Chris Moorman had the button and a raise took down the blinds and antes.

Hand #160: There was a dead button behind Chris Moorman. Moorman folded and left the two blinds have a little scrap. Elio Fox raised to 205,000 and Moritz Kranich folded.

Hand #161: Elio Fox had the button and he raised to 160,000 and takes down the blinds and antes.

Hand #162: Moritz Kranich had the button and folded, as did Moorman, and Elio Fox took down the 150,000 hanging around in the middle.

Hand #163: Chris Moorman had the button and folded. Elio Fox raised to 205,000 in the small blind and Moritz Kranich folded the mighty     face-up.

Hand #164: Elio Fox was seated on the button, and he peeked at his cards before making a bet of 160,000 and he once again won 150,000.

Thursday, October 20, 2011 10:01 PM Local Time

Brian Roberts - 4th place

Hand #153: Elio Fox had the button. It folded to him, and he opened with a raise to win the blinds and antes.

Hand #154: Moritz Kranich had the button. When the table folded around to the blinds, Chris Moorman shoved in on Brian Roberts. No call.

Hand #155: Chris Moorman had the button, and he used it to raise to 175,000 and win this pot too.

Hand #156: Brian Roberts had the button, and we... well, we missed what happend. Raise-and-take, but we couldn't tell who. Apologies.

Hand #157: Elio Fox had the button, and he raised to 160,000. From the big blind, Chris Moorman reraised to 450,000, and Fox slid the call into the pot. The flop came      , and Moorman followed up his raise with a bet of 475,000. Four plaques and three red chips. Fox called, very deliberately. The   turned, and Moorman checked now. Check-check, and the   hit the river, drawing another check from Moorman. Fox took his cue to stab at the pot with 750,000, and Moorman gave it just a cursory look before surrendering.

Hand #158: Moritz Kranich had the button. For the second consecutive orbit, Moorman shoved in when it folded to his small blind. Brian Roberts quickly folded what he said was deuce-three the last time, but this time, he spent a while considering with a half-grin on his face. After about a minute, he made the call for his tournament life. The amount was never announced, but it looked like he had about 800,000 left in front of him when he committed. Cards up, gents:

Moorman:    
Roberts:    

Roberts found his card on the flop as the dealer spread out       to pull him into the lead with two to come. Moorman had one overcard and the gutshot to try and chase down, but the turn   was a blank. The river, however, would not be a blank. There was a moment's pause as the cameras caught the emotions of both players, and they were fixed firmly on Roberts as the river   ended his day.

Moorman catches his straight on the river, and he's sent Roberts off in fourth place. That's worth a cool €400,000, and it seems to be of some consolation as he conducts some talkative and rather jolly interviews with the production crew behind us.

Thursday, October 20, 2011 9:40 PM Local Time

Hand #148: Brian Roberts had the button. Chris Moorman raised to 175,000 from the cutoff and Elio Fox three-bet to 450,000 from the small blind. Moritz Kranich moved out of the way in the big blind and the decision fell back to Moorman. Moorman moved all-in and Fox quickly folded.

Hand #149: Elio Fox owned the button, but it was Brian Roberts who raised to 160,000 in the cutoff. Fox stared at Roberts as if to say, "that was my move," before three-betting to 375,000. Moritz Kranich was in the small blind and he four-bet to 775,000! Moorman quickly folded and the action fell back on to Roberts who also folded. Fox moved all-in, and after four-betting a big proportion of his stack, Kranich folded.

Hand #150: Moritz Kranich had the button but folded to let the blinds bang it up. Chris Moorman raised out of the small blind and Brian Roberts called in the big blind. The flop was       and both players checked. The turn was the   and Moorman decided it was his turn to make a move when he bet 250,000 and Roberts folded.

Hand #151: Chris Moorman had the button but it was a blind battle that ensued. Brian Roberts made up the loose change and Elio Fox raised the stakes when he made it 270,000 more to play. Roberts pulled back his initial bet and replaced it with a re-raise of 715,000. You could almost see the cogs whirring inside of the head of Fox trying to figure it all out. Fox then re-raised to a whopping 1,430,000 and Roberts folded instantly.

Hand #152: Brian Roberts had the button. Chris Moorman was first to act and he raised to 175,000 and Brian Roberts cold-called. The two of them saw a flop containing a full set of diamonds      . Moorman checked and Roberts bet 245,000. Action back to the man from the UK and he check-raised to 605,000, Roberts took a quick peek of his cards before making the call. The turn card was the   and this time Moorman was in no mood for checking, as he bet 675,000. It was time to have a diamond underneath your cards and Roberts increased the likelihood that he had one when he made the call. The final card in this monumental pot was the   and Moorman moved all in and Roberts immediately asked for a count. The dealer did his job and the confirmed word was 1,915,000 and Roberts went through the whole gamut of emotions before calling; Moorman winning the huge pot with the biggest diamond of them all. The unlucky Roberts had flopped the second nut flush!

Showdown

Moorman   
Roberts   

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Thursday, October 20, 2011 9:15 PM Local Time

Dermont Blain - 5th Place

Hand #143: Brian Roberts had the button. He raised to 160,000, the minimum allotted raise. In the small blind, Elio Fox reraised to 450,000. His three-bet went through uncontested and he won the pot.

Hand #144: Elio Fox had the button. Chris Moorman raise to 175,000 from under the gun. Moritz Kranich reraised to 425,000 from the big blind. Moorman folded and Kranich won the pot.

Hand #145: Dermot Blain had the button. He raised all in and won the pot.

Hand #146: Moritz Kranich had the button. Dermot Blain raised all in from the cutoff seat. This was the second hand in a row he shoved and once again, no one called.

Hand #147: Chris Moorman had the button. Dermot Blain raised to 175,000 from under the gun. Action folded to Brian Roberts and he asked for a count on Blain's stack. Roberts was in the small blind and reraised to 350,000. Elio Fox folded from the big blind and then Blain reraised all in. Roberts now asked for an exact count on the stack. He found out Blain was all in for 1.76 million.

Roberts spent several minutes in the tank before finally calling it off. He held the    to Blain's   .

The flop was     and Roberts was still in front with the better pair. The   on the turn kept him in the lead and then the   on the river finished things off.

Blain was eliminated in fifth place and earned a solid payday of €275,000.

Thursday, October 20, 2011 9:02 PM Local Time

Hand #137: Chris Moorman had the button. Action folded to him and he raised to 175,000. Brian Roberts was in the small blind and reraised to 405,000. Elio Fox folded from the big blind and Moorman was back up. He folded and Roberts won the pot.

Hand #138: Brian Roberts had the button. Moritz Kranich raised to 175,000 from under the gun and won the pot.

Hand #139: Elio Fox had the button to start of this one. From under the gun, Chris Moorman raised to 175,000. Moritz Kranich called from the big blind and the flop came down     and Kranich checked. Moorman checked behind.

The dealer landed the   on the turn and Kranich led for 225,000. Moorman folded and Kranich won the pot.

Hand #140: Dermot Blain started this hand with the button. Chris Moorman got a walk in the big blind.

Hand #141: Moritz Kranich had the button. Action folded through to Chris Moorman in the small blind and he raised to 205,000 to win the pot.

Hand #142: Chris Moorman had the button. Moritz Kranich raised to 175,000 from the cutoff seat and won the pot.

Thursday, October 20, 2011 9:00 PM Local Time
PlayerStarting ChipsEnd Level 26End Level 27+/- Last Level+/- From Starting
Elio Fox3,990,0007,590,0007,005,000-585,000+3,015,000
Dermot Blain2,405,0001,275,0001,770,000+495,000-635,000
Moritz Kranich1,660,0002,280,0002,150,000-130,000+490,000
Chris Moorman2,230,0003,835,0003,225,000-610,000+995,000
Brian Roberts2,000,0001,870,0003,665,000+1,795,000+1,665,000
Thursday, October 20, 2011 8:48 PM Local Time
Level: 28
Blinds: 40000/80000
Ante: 10000
Thursday, October 20, 2011 8:41 PM Local Time
Elio Fox7,005,000-585,000
Brian Roberts3,665,0001,795,000
Chris Moorman3,225,000-525,000
Moritz Kranich2,150,000-375,000
Dermot Blain1,770,000-630,000
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