WSOPE TODAY: Sept 22; Romanello & Krakow eye history books


Highlights from day 2 of the 2012 WSOP Europe (September 23)

The odds of a French victory in the opening event are even money with four of the eight players still in contention for the €2700 Six-Handed No Limit Hold’em title representing the host nation.

France’s Yannick Bonnet leads while just two spots away from the official final table; Israel’s Matan Krakow has the chance to pull off an amazing feat by making back-to-back final tables in this event (he was fourth of 260 players last year).

Another player looking for a slice of history is Roberto Romanello (pictured, with thanks to wsop.com). The popular Brit has already captured WPT and EPT titles and can become the first player to add a WSOP Europe bracelet to that collection with victory here.

He came close to that feat in Cannes last year with fifth in the €1000 No Limit Hold’em event while he captured seventh in the $3000 No Limit Hold’em Shootout in the 2012 WSOP.

WSOP Europe event 1: €2700 Six-Handed No Limit Hold’em final table chip count

Yannick Bonnet (France) 475,000
Matan Krakow (Israel) 250,000
Senh Ung (UK) 287,000
Sylvain Ribes (France) 212,000
Roberto Romanello (UK) 200,000
Imed Ben Mahmoud (France) 184,000
Demis Hassabis (UK) 88,000
Romain Chauvassagne (France) 7000

• The second event on the 2012 WSOP Europe schedule kicked-off earlier today with 295 players (including Australians Oliver Speidel and Jeff Lisandro) taking their seats for the €1100 No-Limit Hold’em event.

The action was fast and furious and, after eight levels, the field had been whittled down to just 45 with Ashly Butler from the USA leading narrowly from the Big One for One Drop champion Antonio Esfandiari. Under the format of this event, players eliminated on day 1A may re-enter on day 1B.

WSOP Europe event 2: €1100 No Limit Hold’em end of day 1A chip count

Ashly Butler (USA) 48,125
Antonio Esfandiari (USA) 47,275
Antonin Teisseire (France) 43,750
Jamel Haddad (France) 41,900
Ran Azor (Israel) 41,150
Duncan Mouche (France) 33,825
Guy Pariente (Belgium) 31,050
Emil Eriksson (Norway) 29,825
Douglas Gray (Japan) 29,600
McLean Karr (USA 29,575

• Additional reporting, WSOP.com

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