2007 WSOP Europe

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:: Our friends at the WSOP Academy are back with another ladies-only poker camp dealt by Annie Duke, a woman. [CardPlayer.com]

:: Hey, remember that time we were at the beach and there were 1,010 hot Australian girls there. Well, we finally got the photos back. [WithLeather.com]

:: The Treasury Department released its UIGEA regulations and now people can comment on them or something. [CasinoGamblingWeb.com]

:: The Hills' Heidi Montag knows what it takes to be famous in Hollywood. [Egotastic.com]

:: Is Fristian fascism spreading to Norway, home of WSOPE Champion Annette Obrestad? [PokerNews UK]

:: Longtime fave Naomi Watts just celebrated her 39th birthday, unbelievably. [TunaFlix.com]

:: Did WPT Turks and Caicos winner Rhynie Campbell get screwed out of a $1 million guaranteed first place prize? [PokerListings.com]

:: The main event of that second rate tourney in a dumpy casino in a crap heap town starts today and notably ESPN isn't covering it this year. [US Poker Championship]

:: This Maxim Hometown Hottie voting is more competitive than a mid-term election. We're going with Jody now after seeing her self-shot bathroom pics. [DrunkenStepFather.com]

:: The maybe-has-a-mild-case-of-Aspergers-Syndrome Vanessa Rousso took 3rd in the WCOOP Main Event, with Josh Arieh online player "nitbuster" taking 6th. [PokerNews.com]

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Annette Obrestad, A Woman, Wins WSOPE Main Event


We had a good run. Mankind. It was fun while it lasted, wasn't it? From learning to create fire to conquering the air with fancy jet planes...from developing complex spoken languages and communication systems to creating a world wide web that seemed to make our planet a smaller place with a lot of porn...from blasting off to the moon to creating a society where women almost feel obligated to get boob jobs if they don't like the size of their breasts...we had a good run. Mankind. Yes we did.

If there is a heaven, we hope to see you there.

Get final table payouts here.

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Yet Another Lackluster WSOP Main Event Final Table

When Scotty Nguyen busted in 11th place from the 2007 WSOP Main Event final table back in July, it assured one of the--if not the--most lackluster final nine in World Series of Poker history.

That was until today.

Just like the U.S. American WSOP Main Event, the WSOP European version had tons of promise as the field whittled. Antonius. Gold. Hellmuth. Hansen. They all remained.

But when Gus Hansen busted in 10th, most of the final table intrigue left with him.

The sole American remaining, Bodog'er Matthew McCullough, is big stacked at 1,278,000. He's trailed by Magnus Persson, who is stacked at 1,231,000. Also remaining is Annette Obrestad, a woman, with 697,000. At least if she wins we can unleash the thousands of jokes we've had lined up in case a woman were to ever win the Main Event, either U.S. American or European version.

And that's pretty much all we got. Get final table chip counts here

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Big Names Bust Early at Day 4 of WSOPE Main Event

2007wsopeuropeFollowing the trend established at this summer's WSOP Main Event at the Rio, what looked like a potentially star-studded final few tables at the 2007 WSOPE diminished quickly today, as former chip leaders Patrik Antonius and Lanne Jamsa Janne Lamsa, as well as Erick Lindgren, Marco Traniello, and Jamie Gold (yesterday) all busted early once the money bubble burst.

Even more distressing is our chip leader is now Annette Obrestad, who is a woman. Annette is currently stacked at 726,000. She's followed by Theo Jorgensen at 605,000.

Still in contention are Gus Hansen (375,000), Annie Duke, a woman (262,000), and Kenny Tran (62,000).

Only 21 remain. Get live reporting updates here.

UPDATE: Annie Duke, a woman but not a woman from Duke like Vanessa Rousso, has been eliminated. Annette "Annette_15" Obrestad, who is also a woman, is up to 902,000.

UPDATE II: Annette Obrestad, a woman, took a huge hit and is now just under 400k.

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2007 WSOPE Main Event Update: Hansen, Antonius Lead Day 3

Day 3 play is underway at the 2007 WSOPE Main Event with Gus Hansen and Patrik Antonius as chip leaders, stacked at 391,000 and 340,000, respectively.

Big movers so far today include Jamie Gold (210,000) and Daniel Negreanu (150,000). Annie Duke, a woman (191,700), and Johnny Chan, who still plays poker (133,000) are also among the big stack.

Phil Hellmuth was eliminated early on.

Get full chip counts here and great live reporting here.

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Gus Hansen Day 2a Chip Leader at 2007 WSOPE Main Event


Jennifer Harman to Gus Hansen: "You know you've busted every player at this table..."*

That pretty much sums up the Great Dane's 2a at the 2007 WSOPE. Hansen went on a tear, busting Greg Raymer, Ram Vaswani, and a bunch of others on his climb to chip leader status.

Hansen ended the day stacked at 349,400. He's followed by Day 1a chip leader Janne Lamsa (253,800). Other big stacks include woman Annie Duke (191,700), the Arabic Alien Huseyin Yilmaz (143,500), Erick Lindgren (108,800), David Colclough (105,800), and Farzad Bonyadi (102300).

The day's wildest ride belongs to Phil Hellmuth. Starting the Day 2a as one of the chip leaders, Hellmuth took a few big hits and was crippled (figuratively) when he flopped second set. Short-stacked, he managed to stay alive, ending the day just over 10k. Read some of his rants along the way here, here, and here.

Get full Day 2a chip counts here. Day 2b just got underway so getting live reporting for all of the action here.

* As reported by PokerNews.com.

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Sarah Taylor May Be Attractive

We're not exactly sure where Sarah Taylor is on the attractive scale but we do know that she is at the least stuck-on-an-elevator pretty, and word on the ground is that she's the best thing going for superficial bastards like us at the World Series of Poker Europe, where the 20-something-year-old Brit was one of the Day 1A chipleaders and is playing today on Day 2A.

We suppose that's not saying much considering her competition: Pamela Brunson, Annie Duke, Annette_15, Jenn Harman and Vicky Coren.

And before you send your hate mail, please understand that we're not trying to take away anything from any of those girls. They're all great poker players, for women, and some, not all, have great personalities. It's just that we're not so much guys who believe beauty is only skin deep (we don't even know what that means) as we are guys who think good looks trump everything in life.

Even the ability to juggle.

Ok, just got word that Sarah Taylor was eliminated a second ago, thus possibly elevating Vicky Coren into the spotlight.

Slim pickings at the WSOP Europe.

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Patrik Antonius Looking Good at End of Day 1B of the WSOP Europe ME

PatrickantoniusFinnish poker pro and former "blue steel" poser Patrik Antonius, who we guess is kind of like a Keeley Hazell to chicks and gay dudes, ended today as the Day 1B chip leader at the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event with 76,150 in chips. That amount puts the Flying Finn or Black Lotus or whatever people call him in 5th position overall when grouped with the players from Day 1A.

Close behind Antonius in chips today are American poker blogger Shaun "Not Freddy" Deeb, with 71,825, and Tino Lechich, of Melbourne, Australia, with 71,725.

Adam Junglen, another poker blogger, ended the day with 69,275 in chips, the 4th most of the Day 2B bunch. The 19-year-old Ohioan and noted online player just finished 6th at the EPT Barcelona Open. Rounding out the top 5 from today with 67,025 in chips is Kenny Tran, of Arcadia, CA. Tran will be looking to follow up an impressive summer that saw him go deep in this year's Main Event and final table in the $50k H.O.R.S.E. championship.

Also worth mentioning, Scotsman Gerry Kane, a male nurse, or in other words, a man doing a woman's job, is stacked at 66,675, and he just may be our pick to win the Main Event for the sole reason that we came across some ridiculous YouTube videos he made to pump himself up, we assume, for London's big event. Watch them below and after the jump and see if you can spot RawVegas.tv's very own Andrea Tiede in the first one.

IsabellemercierOther players still in the mix at the end of today include Jon "Pearljammer" Turner (60,975), Daniel Negreanu (60,900), Jamie Gold (53,400), Theo Jorgensen (50,825), Johnny Chan (47,250), Tony G (44,750), Justin "ZeeJustin" Bonomo (39,000), Isabelle Mercier (32,400) and a bunch of other players you can read about here.

Play starts up Wednesday at 2pm London time at The Empire with only the players from Day 1A, including 11-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth. The Day 1B group will return to the tables on Thursday with both groups merging on Friday.


The official numbers from the WSOPE are in and only 362 players entered, about 400 short of what they had hoped for and about that much less than what the EPT Grand Final drew in Monte Carlo. Only the top 36 players will be playing for a share of the £3,620,000 prize pool, and BetFair had to toss in £56,000 of its own money to ensure the top prize was an even £1,000,000.

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Janne Lamsa Not As Good Looking as Keeley Hazell Pics From Last Post, Is Day 1a Chip Leader at WSOPE Main Event

JannelamsaThe second biggest thing going on across the pond today (the first being Keeley Hazell's new spread) was the 2007 WSOPE Main Event.

Day 1a just wrapped with Fin Janne Lamsa (at right) as chip leader, stacked at 115,850. Lamsa has two previous cashes in "major" tournament play in Helsinki.

Lamsa is followed by Huseyin Yilmaz (99,575), whose name sounds like some kind of Arabic alien. Also among the chip leaders are Phil Hellmuth (82,825), somebody named Andrew Feldman (76,650), who we have confirmed is NOT this Andrew Feldman, and somebody named Joseph Serock (60450), who we have confirmed is NOT Joe Sebok.

Day 1b starts tomorrow at 2pm London time, which is around math math math EST and math math math PST.

Get full chip counts and live blogging from PokerNews.com here.

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Mama Mia! Dario Alioto Wins £5000 PLO

World Series of Poker EuropeItalian Dario Alioto captured WSOPE Event #2 (£5,000 PLO), banking £234,390, which can probably buy him a lifetime supply of designer scarves like countryman Dario Minieri as well as a few cannolis to boot. By the way, for those of you who don't speak British and have been wondering what that little symbolly thing next to the big numbers is in our posts this weekend, that's a "pound" sign. And for those of you not up-to-date on current exchange rates, a pound equals about two U.S. American dollars right now. We'd do the math and calculate what that translates too in U.S. American dollars, but that would require us doing math.

This is Dario's first major tournament win. He did cash in two WSOP events this summer, including the $10,000 PLO championship.

Istvan Novak of Hungary came in second (£137,280). Tony G finished third (£94,380). Hopefully Card Player doesn't try to steal this from him too.

Get full payouts and results here.

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WSOPE and WPT Tournament Updates

To end the update thread from our previous post, Jennifer Harman, a woman, finished second in the £2,500 H.O.R.S.E. event, meaning a woman will not win the first ever WSOPE bracelet.

That honor goes to Thomas Bihl, a German. For the win, Bihl banks £70,875. Harmon takes home £40,688. Kirk Morrison finished third for  £26,250.

In the £5,000 PLO Event, Tony G leads, stacked at 150,000. Other notable bigs include Eli Elezra, Andy Bloch, and Roland de Wolfe.

And in the WPT Gulf Coast Championship, POB Tom Franklin takes the chip lead to the final table, stacked at 1,040,000. Bill Edler is third overall with 1005,000. Of course, all of this is overshadowed by the latest Kimberly Lansing and Layla Kayleigh vlog (below).

Get full WSOPE reporting here. And full WPT reporting here.

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WSOPE H.O.R.S.E. Final Table Underway--Atlantan Yuval Bronshtein Chip Leader

2007wsopeuropeFinal table play got underway a little while ago for the WSOPE HORSE event, and 23 year-old Atlantan (and FOWCP) Yuval Bronshtein is the chip leader, stacked at 224,000. Bronshtein finished 3rd in a WSOP event earlier this summer.

Two of Daniel Negreanu's closest friends trail Yuval. Kirk Morrison continues his killer 2007 run with yet another major event final table appearance. Morrison is second overall with 212,000. And Jennifer Harman, who is a woman, is third with 211,500.

Rounding out the final table is Thomas Bihl, who is German so he probably likes weird porn, is fourth with 168,000. Chris "Jesus" Ferguson is fifth with 145,500. 2007 WSOP Main Event final table-ist Alex Kravchenko is sixth with 100,000. On Hendon Mob'er Joe Beevers is seventh with 46,000. Green-haired Brit Gary Jones has already been eliminated.

Get live reporting here.

UPDATE: Dinner break just ended. Yuval was eliminated during the RAZZ round in sixth place, banking £14,438. Kravchenko went out in fifth for £17,850. Kirk Morrison is currently the chip leader with 568,000. He's followed by Thomas Bihl (221,000), Chris Ferguson (182,000), and Jennifer Harman (85,000), who is a woman.

UPDATE II: Jennifer Harman, who is a woman, is currently the chip leader heads-up against Thomas Bihl, who is a German. Harmon has Bihl out-stacked 2-1. Kirk Morrison was eliminated in third place.

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U.S. Americans Looking Good at the WSOP Europe in The London

Caitlin Upton Miss Teen South CarolinaU.S. American poker players are doing Miss Teen South Carolina Caitlin Upton (photo at right) proud over in The London at the WSOP Europe and the Asian countries, and everywhere like such as.

At the end of Day 1 of the H.O.R.S.E. Event, five of the top ten on the leaderboard were U.S. Americans including the chipleader going into Day 2, Kirk Morrison, with 55,900 in chips. Jennifer Harman, one of four women who started the event and one of three who were still in at the start of day two (apocalypse anyone? and don't they have good shopping in London?), began today in fourth position with 38,100.

Atlanta's Yuval Bronshtein, who was the chipleader at one point on day one, began today in 9th with 31,100. Word we got from Yuval was that near the end of the day he got into a 4-player, 30k pot in Stud Hi-Lo which he led with trip aces until the river when David Williams hit a flush.

Despite losing the hand and the chance to start today at the top of the chip count, Yuval is optimistic. "I really like my chances. I am playing to win this tournament, and I don't really care that much about the money either, so anything short of a bracelet is a bust for me."

Also of note, a few Brits are doing well on their home turf including Gary Jones (41,900) and Marc Goodwin (32,000).

Russia's Alex Kravchenko, who captured a WSOP bracelet this summer as well as a 4th place finish in the Main Event, is in the thick of things with 33,600 in chips, despite no one knowing he was playing the event until the end of the day.

With it just afer 4:00 pm in London, play has been under way for two hours today and last we checked there were under 40 players remaining. Already eliminated today were FOWCP Mel Judah, Erik Seidel, Eli Elezra, Christopher Niesert, Gus Hansen and some other foreigners. Barbara Lewis, a woman, has also been eliminated.

Head over to PokerNews.com for the latest chip counts and more although if their live reporting is any indication, there really isn't anything interesting going on.

For a recap of Day One, be sure to read Owen Laukkanen's wrap up over at PokerListings.com.

For a recap of why Zac Efron (who?) is dating Vanessa Hudgens (described by one entity as looking like a "young asianish hooker") go here.

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Atlanta's Yuval Bronshtein Doing Well Early In WSOP Europe H.O.R.S.E. Event

Yuval_bronshtein_2007_wsop_fireWe were going to give our friend Yuval Bronshtein shit for pimping his Atlanta homegames via MySpace bulletins, but we'll cut him some slack and instead report that the 23-year-old razz specialist and WSOP final table-ist is currently sitting second in chips (23,900) in the WSOP Europe £2,500 H.O.R.S.E. event.

With the most chips right now is Norway's Vegard Nygaard with 25,500, and Johnny Chan, who is gunning for his record-tying 11th WSOP bracelet, is in third with 20,400. Other notable players doing well early are Justin Bonomo (19,200), Robert Williamson III (17,600), Annie Duke, a woman (16,850), David Williams (16,500), Phil Hellmuth (15,700), Doyle Brunson (14,025) and a bunch of other players you know and can read about here.

105 players started in today's event (minus maybe a big name player who was detained at the Las Vegas airport), and 92 still remain at the dinner break. The total prize purse for the first event of the WSOP Europe is £262,500 with only 16 places paid and the winner taking home £70,875.

Keep posted on today's event over at PokerNews.com, where DrPauly, Snoopy1239, Change100 and others are all over the action at the tables like Drew Barrymore on the "I'm a Mac" guy, except not as weird.

Also, be sure to check out the always fun to watch Tiffany Michelle who is in London doing live video interviews for PokerNews.com

UPDATE: Just past midnight in London, and Yuval Bronshtein is the current chipleader in the H.O.R.S.E. event with 37k in chips and Vegard Nygaard is not far behind with 31,200. From a quick look, the gang over at PokerNews.com has failed to mention Yuval's name once today for one reason or another but they do have a photo of Gary Jones with green hair, again, for one reason or another. Yuval had an impressive summer in Las Vegas at the 2007 WSOP, finishing 3rd in the $2k Pot Limit Hold'em event to cash $109,018 and 37th in the $2k Limit Hold'em event. Razz and H.O.R.S.E. are his games though so it's no surprise that he's off to a good start today.

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Far'ner Poker News + Super Hot Girls With Funny Names

In honor of the World Series of Poker Europe getting underway today in Keeley Hazell's hometown of London with the £2,500 H.O.R.S.E. event, below is some poker news from overseas spiced up with a few of our favorite things about Europe.

:: DENMARK - Wicked Chops Poker bekendt Jonas Hüttel sagde at Danish pokerstjerne Gus Hansen starter pokerskole 'ThePlayr'. [Ekstra Bladet!]

:: Doutzen Kroes of the Netherlands is our absolute favorite of the super hot girls with funny names.

:: SPAIN - En un reportaje de Antena 3 vemos como se entrevista a María Maceiras, la reciente ganadora del séptimo torneo del Campeonato de España de poker 2007, jugado en el Casino Castillo de Peralada, entre los días 24 y 26 de agosto. [Poquer-Red.com]

:: Olga Kurylenko of the Ukraine is also our absolute favorite of the super hot girls with funny names.

:: ENGLAND - ITV has announced a deal with PartyGaming to provide online poker on Friends Reunited, a social networking website the British broadcaster owns. [This is Money]

:: Kasia Kraszewskej of Poland just migh be the hottest Polonii this side of Joanna Krupa.

:: FRANCE - Luciano Pavarotti était un excellent joueur de poker? [CyberPresse]

:: Melissa Theuriau is still the best thing out of France since, well, ever.

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(New) Bodog Posts Odds for the 2007 WSOP Europe

2007wsopeuropeEurope, which is the continent connected to Asia, becomes the epicenter of the poker world this week as the WSOP moves overseas for the first time.

While U.S. America "invented" poker, the oddsmakers don't seem to particularly like the chances of a U.S. American besting the field.

(New) Bodog posted odds of a U.S. American born player winning the 2007 WSOP Europe Main Event at +275. Of U.S Americans in the field, Phil Ivey received the best odds of winning at 8/1. He's followed by Phil Hellmuth (9/1) and Daniel Negreanu (10/1).

Not listed by (New) Bodog were the odds of a woman winning the Main Event, probably because such an idea is too funny for them to even fathom happening. The subject was probably broached by two oddsmakers over IM, and one of them typed:


And the other one responded with:

Might as well put odds on whether or not the Atlantic Ocean will turn into Laffy Taffy overnight or something. :P

See the odds here and read about the odds here.

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