Strict Standards: Redefining already defined constructor for class wpdb in /home/pokertournamentw/public_html/wp-includes/wp-db.php on line 49

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /home/pokertournamentw/public_html/wp-includes/cache.php on line 36

Strict Standards: Redefining already defined constructor for class WP_Object_Cache in /home/pokertournamentw/public_html/wp-includes/cache.php on line 403
Thomas | Live & Online Poker Tournament News
top preloadmiddle preloadbase preload

Poker Tournament » Live Poker Tournaments » World Series of Poker (WSOP) »

Thomas

Monday, September 10, 2007 | Francis Lee

wsope.jpg

The World Series of Poker Europe (W.S.O.P.E) kicked off on the 6th September at the newly built Empire Casino in Leicester Square London. There are three event scheduled in the series starting off with the £2,500 buy-in H.O.R.S.E event. There was a lot of media attention in and around the casino and the red carpet was roled out for the arrival of some of the top poker players from across the globe, with the likes of Phil Hellmuth 11 times WSOP bracelet winner, Todd Brunson, Scotty Nguyen, and Chris Ferguson to name a few.

The way this H.O.R.S.E event was structured meant players would play each variation of poker for eight hands before the game changed. So first of all we started off with eight hands of Limit Hold’em, then we moved to Omaha Hi-Low, then Razz, onto Stud and then finally Stud Hi-Low.

105 players started out this three day event creating a total prize pool of £262,000, with the top 16 finishers all cashing in and the first place prize set at £70,875. The field was very strong line up with the amount of pro’s entering compared to amateur players, meaning some of the biggest names in poker were seated at the same tables to battle it out from the start.

After the second days play had ended we were left with our final eight players to battle out the final table on the last day. The table was a star studded line up with some of the best players in poker, all having won a total of 9 WSOP bracelets between them. The line up and chip rankings at the start of the final table are shown below

Final Table Chip Rankings:

  • 1st Kirk Morrison £197,000
  • 2nd Yuval Bronshtein £185,000
  • 3rd Jennifer Harman £140,000
  • 4th Thomas Bihl £131,000
  • 5th Alex Kravchenko £100,000
  • 6th Chris Ferguson £97,000
  • 7th Joe Beevers £85,000
  • 8th Gary Jones £46,000

The table started off slowly with not to many players entering the pot trying to get a feel of how each other was going to play. This was until the 8th hand of play when Gary Jones on the short stack decided to make a stand against Chris Ferguson whilst playing Limit Hold’em. Jones was All In after the Turn came down with the first four cards showing :jc :10d :6h :8s Jones had :ah :kh but found himself to be behind against Ferguson’s :8s :9c The river came down with the :7d giving Ferguson a Ten high straight eliminating Jones out in 8th place.

Joe Beevers was the next player to go out playing Omaha Hi-Low in a three way pot against Ferguson and Kirk Morrison. Beevers was All In after the Flop came down :kd :10c :2d leaving Ferguson and Morrison to fight for the side pot. Both players bet into the pot after the Turn came down with the :7d and the River came down with the :js Morrison bet and Ferguson folded giving Morrison the side pot. Morrison showed an Ace high flush and Beevers mucked his cards having no low hand leaving the tournament in 7th place.

Only a few hands later Yuval Bronschtein the chip leader at the start of proceedings was knocked out by Thomas Bihl playing Razz. Bronschtein was All In on the seventh street and showed 9 high, but was beaten by Bihl with 8 high and was eliminated out in 6th place winning £14,438.

Kirk Morrison gained his second knockout on this table when eliminating Alex Kravchenko into 5th place playing Omaha. Morrison hit a heart flush on the River with the final board coming down :8d :6h :ks :jh :2h which was god enough to take down the pot. Kravchenko won £17,850 for his 5th place finish.

Chris Ferguson’s tournament came to an end on the 143rd hand of play against Bihl playing Stud. Bihl’s pocket Kings were good enough to win the hand with Ferguson only having Ace high. Ferguson collected his £21,700 4th placed prize and was seen heading down to the £5,000 buy in pot limit Omaha event which had not long started.

Jennifer Harman was on the short stack and had been for a while but started to make a good fight back winning numerous pots before eliminating Morrison into 3rd place. Playing Stud Hi-Low Morrison had a pair of Fours and a good low draw and needed to make two pair or hit the low draw to survive with one card to come. The card he needed never came and this pot put Harman level on chips against Bihl for the heads up showdown.

This is where Harman’s luck seemed to come to an end with Bihl dominating heads up play and on the 352nd hand of play the event was all over. Harman was All In playing Hold’em with the first four cards coming down :ks :7s :7c :10s and showed two pair Tens and Sevens. Bilh had a lot of outs though having a Flush and open ended straight draw and was a small favourite to win the pot. The :6h on the River hit Bihl’s straight winning the £70,875 top prize at the same time as becoming the first ever player to win a WSOP bracelet outside of Las Vegas. Something to guarantee his name to go down in WSOP history.

WSOPE Event 1 Final Standings:

  • 1st Thomas Bihl £70,875
  • 2nd Jennifer Harman £40,688
  • 3rd Kirk Morrison £26,250
  • 4th Chris “Jesus” Ferguson £21,700
  • 5th Alex Kravchenko £17,850
  • 6th Yuval Bronshtein £14,438
  • 7th Joe Beevers £11,812
  • 8th Gary Jones £9,188



line

YOUR COMMENTS ON THIS ARTICLE

Be the first to post a comment on this article.

LEAVE A COMMENT

PTW Poker Freerolls

Join Team Poker Tournament Watch and play in the special PTW poker freerolls.

It's free and easy to join and in 2008 we gave away over $1.5m in prizes!

Next Team PTW Freerolls

    403 Forbidden

    Forbidden

    You don't have permission to access /paw/events.php on this server.

    Additionally, a 403 Forbidden error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

Casino Tournaments

Our tournament schedule shows you the upcoming Casino based live poker tournaments

Next Live Poker Tournaments

    Error: Unable to locate the Database.

Tournament News

Latest News

Poker Information

Best Tournament Poker Rooms