The 2013 World Series of Poker Europe festival kicked off on Friday in Enghien-les-Bains, France; a short distance from Paris, with a €1,100 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em event.
Throughout the tournament, which is scheduled to run throughout the next two weeks, an astonishing eight gold bracelets will be awarded, highlighted by the premier €10,450 Main Event historically known to attract one of the most star-studded fields of any poker tournament the world over.
After spending its first two years of existence in Cannes, the World Series of Poker announced they would be moving the WSOP Europe event to Paris in December 2012. The newly renovated Barriere Enghien-les-Bains Casino facility was also confirmed to hold the entire festival in a truly monstrous single poker room, with a large 500-seat theatre to play host to all final tables and the world-wide television production.
Not only highlighted by eight gold bracelets, the World Series of Poker Europe will also see the conclusion of the heated 2013 WSOP Player of the Year race.
Leading into the major tournament, 2013 $50,000 Poker Players’ Champion Matthew Ashton currently sits on top, thanks also to his appearances at three other final tables, including both second and third place finishes.
Well within striking distance in second place is five-time bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu, who most notably won the inaugural WSOP Asia-Pacific Main Event for AU$1,038,825, as well as cashing six times in Las Vegas this past summer.
Loni Harwood rounds out the top three, having cashed on six occasions herself and winning her first gold bracelet in a $1,500 no-limit hold’em event for $609,017.
History was made at last year’s World Series of Poker Europe and the possibility of similar results appears likely.
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The $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em tournaments at the 2013 World Series of Poker have produced a number of first-time bracelet winners and event fifty-three was no exception with Brett Shaffer recording the biggest win of his poker career.
Shaffer outlasted the monster field of 2816 players to win his first WSOP bracelet and the first place prize of $665,397.
There were a number of interesting storylines at the final table as Loni Harwood was aiming to become the first female player to win an open event at the 2013 World Series while David Vamplew was attempting to go one better than his second place finish in the $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Eight Handed tournament.
Harwood played exceptionally well throughout the event but was eliminated in fourth position by Vamplew who took a sizeable chip lead into the heads-up battle.
However, Vamplew wasn’t able to take advantage of his large stack and after a long and hard fought battle, which included an overnight break; Shaffer scored victory when his Ace-Nine outflopped Vamplew’s pocket queens.
Vamplew may have missed out on another opportunity to win his maiden WSOP bracelet but he is surely comforted by the fact that he has made over $750,000 thanks to his duel second place finishes.
While Shaffer celebrated his victory, the action was really starting to heat up on day three of the $50,000 Poker Players Championship.
With so many talented players in the field every single table is packed full of stars and the play is of the highest of standards.
The current chip leader is Jean Gaspard, who holds a narrow lead from Tommy Hang and David Benyamine, while former World Series of Poker Main Event Champions Jonathan Duhamel and Joe Hachem are also in the top ten.
The eliminations were flowing this evening with Nick Schulman, Jeremy Ausmus, Cary Katz, Chris Klodnicki, Brian Tate and David Singer all sent to the rail.
We will keep you up to date with all the action as the popular event reaches its climax.