World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) has its second final table as the relatively unknown Henrik Johansson leads the final nine players in Paris.
Event #2 €1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry
Event #2 made up for the disappointment of a short and shrift ladies field when 659 entrants created a total prize pool of €632,640, an increase on the 626 entrants that entered the event this time last year.
The victor in that final table was Antonio Esfandiari and former European Poker Tour (EPT) winner Salvatore Bonavena joined him on the final table, alongside the likes of former WSOP champion Antonio Teisseire and former World Poker Tour (WPT) champion McLean Karr.
The 2013 final table is like chalk and cheese, with hardly a name recognizable to the regular readers of the very best poker news, with Henrik Johansson leading the final nine with €129,700 and the hardware still up for grabs.
Let’s take a look at the main bullet points of Day Two:
Matt Ashton Picks Up Points
The current WSOP Player of the Year (POY) leader, Matt Ashton, has to turn back time and learn to play Hold’em after throwing his might into the mixed game genre to devastating effect.
However, a great poker player can adapt to any form of poker and Ashton is just that. The young Liverpudlian doubled through Banwari Narendra and Salvatori Mongiovi to guarantee a cash and a few important POY points, before being eliminated in 63rd place for a €1,930.
Daniel Negreanu will have to produce something special if he is to catch Ashton after taking the surprising decision to skip the event.
Sergio Aido and Trevor Bartlett Split the Bubble
Sergio Aido and Trevor Bartlett managed to chop the 72nd place money after both players were eliminated in the bubble phase of the contest.
Aido was all-in with [As] [8s] against the ace-king of Chris Klodnicki. No spades, no eights and no miracle straight combinations to force Aido out of the contest. Then Bartlett got it in with jacks in a hand against Andrei Konopelko and [Qs] [Ts] – a queen on the flop sending Bartlett to the rail.
Top Names Bow Out
Both 888.com and the WSOP would have been eager for some big names to get to the head of the final table, but it wasn’t to be. Jonathan Karamalikis would bow out to the chip leader Henrik Johansson: JJ v QQ to finish in 54th place; Scott Clements would run QT into QQ of Samuel Panzica to bow out in 54th place; Jeff Madsen (41st), Sam Holden (38th), Barry Greenstein (35th) and Tuan Le (34th) would all follow suit, before Chino Rheem would exit in 22nd place after losing a race holding [Qc] [Tc] against the [Ad] [Kd] of Jose Chocron.
Final Table Standings
1. Henrik Johansson – 587,000
2. Daniel Weinman – 408,000
3. Daniel Laidlaw – 357,000
4. Adriano Torre-Grossa – 155,500
5. Jean-Philippe Tuffery – 142,000
6. Jose Obadia – 119,000
7. Andrei Konopelko – 101,000
8. Yaniv Jacque Botbol – 85,000
9. Serge Ekert – 28,500