WSOPE TODAY: Sept 27; Host nation goes two for two, Mix-Max down to 16

Highlights from day 7 of the 2012 WSOP Europe (September 27)

When it comes to playing in World Series of Poker events, Giovanni Rosadoni (pictured) has a perfect record of 1-0. In his WSOP debut – the €3000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em Shootout, played at La Majestic Barriere in Cannes, France – he collected the win worth €107,614.

Yet what was most remarkable of all about this most unexpected victory was the manner in which he outshined many of the world’s top poker professionals, including seven gold bracelet winners who made the final stage of the tournament.

But none of these big names proved to be tougher than Dan O’Brien, who finished second. The Las Vegas poker pro has come close to victory a few times, taking third and fourth in events over the last few years.

During the marathon heads-up match, Rosadoni was down by about 8:1 in chips during his lowest stage. But he fought his way back to secure a famous victory and France’s second win in as many events.

Phil Hellmuth finished in 12th place, marking his second cash at this year’s WSOP Europe.  Hellmuth now has 93 career cashes, placing him well in front of Men Nguyen who sits in second place with 76 on the all-time cashes list while Daniel Negreanu’s collected his 57th career cash in a WSOP event.

WSOP Europe event 4: €3000 No Limit Hold’em Shootout results

1 Giovanni Rosadoni (France) €107,614
2 Dan O’Brien (USA) €66,503
3 John Monnette (USA) €48,177
4 Oleksii Kovalchuk (Ukraine) €35,560
5 Adrien Allain (France) €26,724
6 Paul Guichard (France) €20,434
7 Roman Romanovskyi (Ukraine) €15,890
8 Trond Aanensen (Norway) €12,564
9 John Duthie (UK) €10,095
10 Valentin Messina (France) €8239

• The six-handed portion of the €10,450 Mixed Max – No Limit Hold’em event has concluded with 16 players of the 96 starters still in contention for the title. They will return later this evening to start the heads-up component of the tournament with Brandon Cantu holding more than 25 per cent of the chips in play.

The list of eliminations on day two included Phil Ivey, Antonio Esfandiari, Michael Mizrachi, Roberto Romanello, John Juanda and Jonathan Duhamel. The 16 remaining players are all guaranteed a payday of at least €20,443.

The matches are Paul Tedeschi (278,600) v Roger Hairabedian (225,600); Kristijonas Andrulis (142,000) v Mike Watson (50,700); Martin Jacobson (164,900) v Joe Keuther (37,100); Brandon Cantu (738,100) v Phil Hellmuth (127,400); Faraz Jaka (258,100) v Vladimir Troyanovskiy (66,300); Konstantin Puchkov (183,700) v Bertrand Grospellier (18,000); Jennifer Tilly (163,300) v Marvin Rettenmaier (191,100) and Jason Mercier (16,800) v Jonathan Aguiar 212,200.

• Event six on the WSOPE schedule, the €1650 Pot-Limit Omaha Six-Max attracted a line-up of 206 players with 26 remaining after eight levels of play. Jacob Dahl leads the field on 74,200 with Australia’s Jamie Pickering lying 20th in chips on 18,300. David Benyamine, Andrew Lichtenberger, John Monnette, Mike McDonald, Dan Shak and Daniel Negreanu will also return for day two.

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