At the Casino Barriere, Cannes the seven events which constitute the World Series Of Poker Europe are well underway, starting off with the €2700 six handed NLHE which attracted a field of 227 players.
Welshman Roberto Romanello was the one to watch for a long time as he made steady progress towards a triple crown of EPT, WPT and WSOP titles. However, his progress was halted when he busted in fourth place at the hands of Yannick Bonnet who went close to winning but ultimately was on the wrong side of a coin flip to decide the title. Instead it was Imed Ben Mahmoud whose luck was in, seeing his pocket jacks hold up to earn him €147,099 and the first bracelet of this year’s WSOPE.
At the time of writing the final day of event 2 is underway with Antonio Esfandiari holding the chip lead at the final table. After winning the $1,000,000 buy in event at this summer’s WSOP Esfandiari is the leading money winner of all time in tournament poker and could stretch his lead by roughly $160,000 more if he can hold on and close out this one as well.
The scheduling of the series in Cannes has drawn plenty of criticism from players this year for the way the tournaments overlap despite the fact that there are only seven in total. For example event two will still be running after event four has started, making it impossible to play all of the events unless you continually bust out early. “Love to know who was so out of touch with reality when he or she designed schedule for WSOP Cannes. Bring poker back to the people!” was Padraig Parkinson’s view on it.
Further updates on all the other events will be brought to you here as we get them.