Winner Named In World Series of Poker Europe Main Event

September 29th, 2010 – by Glen Farmer

The World Series of Poker Europe has come to a conclusion, as the main event is now over. A winner has been named, and players will break from the London based event in order to participate in other poker events around the world.

Coming into the event on September 23rd, James Bord did not presume that he would win his first World Series of Poker bracelet. He has won the WSOP Europe Championship, however, earning his first bracelet in one of the biggest events. The 29 year old poker player battled through some of the biggest names in poker in order to take a $1,316,550 prize.

A total of 346 players entered the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event. Amongst Bord’s competition was some of the hardest players to overcome. Phil Laak, Antonio Esfandiari, Barry Greenstein, Greg Mueller, Jeffrey Lisandro, and many more had been in the event, as was Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey – two players who incite fear to most other poker players. Bord made it to the final table and crushed the competition in order to take his first bracelet.

Heads up play took place between Bord and Fabrizio Baldassari, an Italian poker pro who resides in Monaco. Play went back and forth for some time through the two players, but the last hand came when Baldassari was put all-in by Bord.

Baldassari called the all-in. Bord flipped over a pair of tens, while Balassari held a pair of fives. Having essentially two outs, Baldassari was in trouble. When the flop came 9-9-8, his luck had begun to truly run out. A jack came on the turn, and the game was over when the river spiked an ace.

The World Series of Poker is finished until the November Nine play out the rest of the main event. It is unlikely that even the best USA poker rooms will be offering satellites to the WSOP until at least March of next year.

Other poker tournaments are still taking place throughout casinos around the world.

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