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Friday, September 14, 2007 | Francis Lee


The second event at the World Series of Poker Europe (W.S.O.P.E) was a £5,000 buy in Pot Limit Omaha event which attracted 153 entrants. The field was a very strong line up with  most well known faces in poker attending this event. All trying to become the second winner of a WSOP bracelet in the series.  The event was scheduled to be played in just two days with the final table expected to be played late into day two. When we eventually reached the final table stage of the tournament the chip rankings was as follows.

Final Table Chip Rankings:

  • 1st Sherkan Farnood £651,000
  • 2nd Istvan Novak £480,000
  • 3rd Dario Alioto £397,000
  • 4th Antione Arnault £391,000
  • 5th Andy Bloch £376,000
  • 6th Tony G £281,000
  • 7th Dave Callaghan £271,000
  • 8th Sampo Lopponen £247,000
  • 9th Joe Razaghi £153,000

The final table started off very quickly when only on the 5th hand of play we lost Joe Razaghi who was on the short stack. Up against Dave Callaghan he was All In after the first four cards came down :kc :9s :8c :2c Razaghi had two pairs holding :jh :jd :9h :8c but found himself behind with Callaghan having made a flush with :jc :9c :7c :5d The :qd on the River confirmed his exit in 9th place winning £16,380.

Only 5 more hands had passed when Andy Bloch found himself All In against Sherkhan Farnood after the Flop came down :6h :8d :kc Bloch revealed :6c :7s :8h :9s having two pair but Farnood hit a set of Kings having :kh :kd :10h :ac Bloch’s only chance was to hit his double barrelled straight draw whilst hoping the board didn’t pair up. The :2d on the Turn and :jc on the River didn’t help Bloch’s hand and the set of Kings were good enough to take the pot and eliminate Bloch out in 8th place.

Seventh place went to Sampo Lopponen when he ran into Dario Alioto having pocket Kings All In pre Flop. Sampo’s hand of :kc :10c :9h :6s was easily beaten after the final board came down :5s :6c :4d :ad :qc only making a pair of Sixes.  Lopponen collected his £30,420 in prize money for his trouble.

Dario Alioto went on to take the chip lead from this point onwards and furthered his lead when eliminating Farnood out in 6th place.  Alioto first of all raised up to £32,000 and Farnood called from the big blind. The Flop came down :jd :6c :2c Farnood bet £50,000, Alioto called and the Turn came down with the :3d Farnood again lead out with a bet o £188,000, Alioto thought for a while before calling and the :7s fell on the River. Farnood moved the remainder of his chips into the middle and Alioto called revealing a pair of Aces. Farnood had only managed to hit a pair of Jacks and headed for the rail to collect his £38,220 prize money.

Alioto got his hatrick in knockouts when eliminating Antoine Arnault shortly after, with Arnault being All In pre Flop. Arnault had :as :js :kc :2c against Alioto with :ad :9d :10s :3s The board came down :8d :6s :2d :10h :5c giving Alioto the pot having just a pair of Tens.

We were down to three players after 115 hands of play. Dario Alioto claiming his next victim hitting a broad way straight on the River when the more likely result looked like the pot was going to be split. David Callaghan was the unfortunate player on the receiving end of this beat and headed to the rail to collect his 4th placed prize of £65,520.

A 15 minute break proceeded this hand and Alioto and Tony G was looking the more likely to get to heads up with both of them having around £1,400,000 in chips and Istvan Novak was short stacked with just £225,000.

After the restart Alioto strengthened his position considerably when he eliminated Tong G within the space of three significant hands. First he crippled Tony down to just £250,000 hitting a flush on the River, snatching the huge pot when it looked likely to be a split. Not long after Tong G gave himself a life line doubling up against Alioto hitting a straight on the River. But the end for Tony came when Alioto got his own back hitting a straight on the River when being behind against two pair. Tony G collected $94,380 for his third place finish.

Alioto was a clear favourite to take down the event with a chip stack of 2.8 million in chips against Novak with 400,000. It took just 7 hands for it to be all over. Novak going All In pre Flop with :ac :qc :3c :9d and was up against Alioto holding :ad :ks :7c :5c The first four cards came down :10c :7d :6s :5s giving Alioto the win having two pair leaving Novak drawing dead on the River.

Dario Alioto became the second player to ever win a WSOP bracelet outside Las Vegas and the third ever Italian to win a braceletas well.  The win pleased a large magority of the watching spectators with Alioto having many supporters in the crowd.

WSOPE PLO Event 2 Final Standings:

  • 1st Dario Alioto £234,390
  • 2nd Istvan Novak £137,280
  • 3rd Tony G £94,380
  • 4th David Callaghan £65,520
  • 5th Antoine Arnault £49,530
  • 6th Sherkhan Farnood £38,220
  • 7th Sampo Lopponen £30,420
  • 8th Andy Bloch £22,020
  • 9th Joe Razaghi £16,380



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