"Big Roger" Hairabedian and Noah Schwartz Grab Gold at 2013 WSOP Europe
Two more bracelets have been secured this week as events play out in the 2013 World Series of Poker Europe. In Event #5: €2,200 No-Limit Hold’em, it was Roger Hairabedian becoming the first Frenchman to win a second career WSOP bracelet as well as the first ever multiple WSOPE-bracelet winner. Meanwhile in Event #6: €3,250 Mixed Max Pot-Limit Omaha, Noah Schwartz followed Jeremy Ausmus to become the second American to win a bracelet at the Casino Barrière d'Enghien-les-Bainswith near Paris, France.
Event #5: €2,200 No-Limit Hold’em
A total of 337 entered Event #5, and after three days of play just Roger Hairabedian and Erik Seidel were left to battle it out for the title and largest share of the event's €647,040 first prize.
By then a number of notables had cashed including final tablists Kevin Song (third), Mike Watson (sixth), and Max Greenwood (seventh), as well as Jonathan Duhamel (16th, €7,719), Angel Guillen (18th, €7,719), Daniel Weinman (19th, €6,502), Jonathan Little (20th, €5,552), Jeff Rossiter (23rd, €5,552), and Phil Hellmuth (29th, €4,206) who picked up his record-extending 100th career WSOP cash.
Hairabedian was looking to add a second bracelet after having won his first during the 2012 WSOPE in the €5,300 Pot-Limit Omaha event while also reaching the semis of the €10,450 NLHE Mixed Max event.
Meanwhile Seidel was hoping to claim a ninth career WSOP bracelet to tie Phil Ivey and Johnny Moss for fourth on the all-time list behind Phil Hellmuth (1st, 13 bracelets) and Johnny Chan and Doyle Brunson (tied for 2nd, 10 bracelets).
Seidel carried about a 2-to-1 chip lead into the heads-up duel, but Hairabedian eventually seized the advantage then claimed the last of Seidel's chips in a hand that saw the latter all in with versus the of "Big Roger." The board came , and Hairabedian had won.
2013 WSOPE Event #5: €2,200 No-Limit Hold’em Results
Event #6: €3,250 Mixed Max Pot-Limit Omaha
Event #6 saw the WSOPE employ the "mixed max" format again just as had been done in Event #3: €5,300 Mixed Max No-Limit Hold'em won by Darko Stojanovic, only this time the game was pot-limit Omaha, with the tourney starting nine-handed, moving to six-handed on Day 2, then ultimately finishing with the final four playing a single elimination heads-up tournament. (For more on heads-up tourneys, see "Five Popular Types of Tournament Poker.")
There were 127 entrants in Event #6 with the top 16 finishers reaching the money. Lots of familiar names fell just shy of the heads-up portion of the event, including Phil Laak (seventh), Stephen Chidwick (eighth), Matthew Ashton (ninth, €10,500), Manuel Bevand (10th, €10,500), Padraig Parkinson (11th, €6,700), Dan Shak (14th, €6,700), and Konastantin Puchkov (16th, €6,700).
Schwartz took a bigger stack up against Jyri Merivirta in their heads-up match, with Schwartz ultimately prevailing when the Finnish player failed to overcome the deficit. Meanwhile Ludovic Lacay led to begin his match against Vitaly Lunkin, and the Frenchman also advanced.
That meant Lacay had a 2-to-1 chip lead on Schwartz to start their finals match, but Schwartz chipped up to even things. Soon after that he grabbed the lead, then a while after that Lacay was all in following a flop with (sixes and fives) while Schwartz had (kings and a straight draw).
The turn brought the to improve Schwartz to a better two pair (aces and kings), and after the river had won his first career bracelet. (Click here for more on how hands are made in pot-limit Omaha.)
2013 WSOPE Event #6: €3,250 Mixed Max Pot-Limit Omaha Results
Two events remain on the 2013 WSOPE schedule, the week-long €10,450 NLHE Main Event which got started on Saturday (Event #7) and the €25,600 NLHE High Roller (Event #8) which plays out Tuesday through Thursday. Be sure to check in over at PokerNews.com as Rich Ryan is filing frequent WSOPE reports every day from France.