Event 2, H.O.R.S.E. - Live Updates

The second event at the 2008 World Series of Poker Europe is over and Sherkhan Farnood has clinched his first ever WSOP bracelet. Farnood defeated Ivo Donev in heads-up play to capture the £2,500 H.O.R.S.E. title, claiming £76,999 in the process. Well done, sir!

Day 3 Live Updates

09/24/2008 (6 years ago)

Farnoodiest!

Winnar!
The Horsiest!

This tournament is over and Sherkhan Farnood is champion! Farnood defeated Ivo Donev in heads-up play to claim the title, his first ((WSOP))/E bracelet and £76,999 in cash. Donev earns £48,125 for second place.

After a surreal heads-up match that in its 60-odd minutes of action included such highlights as a woman in a red dress ripping up a £50 note and hurling it at Farnood before finding herself forcibly removed from the casino, the tide suddenly turned in Farnood's favor.

The 46-year-old banker took an insurmountable lead over Donev after taking down a substantial pot during an Omaha/8 hand that saw both players make straights on an 8 4 2 7 6 board, with Donev showing T 7 6 5 and Farnood A T 9 2

Farnood took the high with the ten-high straight and scooped with an A-2-4-6-7 low as well, leaving Donev with only $30,000 in chips.

The Austrian chess master made a battle of it, but would eventually find himself checkmated in a Stud hand, getting all-in on third street holding K J 3 to Farnood's 8 4 8.

By sixth street, Donev held K J 3 2 6 7 and, with Farnood holding 8 4 8 6 Q J Q, needed to hit a club on the river to stay alive. The squeeze was on, but Donev could only muster the 4 and was thus eliminated, making Farnood the champion!

Congratulations to both finalists and to us, who can finally go to bed! We'll see you tomorrow at the WSOPE!

 

Level
19
Blinds
6000/12000
Average Stack
$1,100,000
Players Left
1
Tables Left
1
09/24/2008 (6 years ago)

Tenure Denied!

Howard Lederer
School's out!

We're down to two finalists as Level 19 comes to an end in the £2,500 H.O.R.S.E. event at the 2008 World Series of Poker Europe and heads-up play is under way from the Empire Casino in London. Here's how the last hour played out at the final table:

Lederer on a Downswong

Howard Lederer is sitting in second place, chip-wise, when he and third-place Sherkhan Farnood get into it over a Razz hand that sees Farnood showing 4-5-J-5 on the river with Lederer himself showing 5-Q-T-2.

Lederer bets out on seventh street and Farnood makes the call, turning up A-8-9 for a nine-low against the Professor's professed ten-low. Farnood takes the call and takes over Lederer's position on the chip leaderboard.

Lederer Crippled!

A few hands later during a Stud round, Lederer and Farnood again take it to the river amidst betting on each street except seventh. With Lederer showing 5 3 7 2 and Farnood 9 A J 2, both players check the river and Farnood turns up 8-8-6 for a pair of eights. Lederer can't beat it and sees his stack diminished to only $25,000.

Lederer Ousted (Third)

Lederer survives to play one last round of Stud/8, but all too quickly gets the last of his chips in the middle on third street and is called by both Farnood and Ivo Donev, who bet fourth, take a pass on fifth and bet sixth as well. Both players check the river and we end up with the following:

Lederer: 8-#2-9 T

Donev: 2 3 5 K

Farnood: K J A A

Farnood turns up K-T-6 for two pair, while Donev has 8-6-2 for an eight-low. Lederer mucks and is eliminated, out in third with £30,250 to show for it.

Heads-Up!

With Lederer's elimination, heads-up play begins between Farnood and Donev, with chip counts seeing Donev holding a $654,000-to-$448,000 advantage over Farnood. Game on!

Level
19
Blinds
6000/12000
Average Stack
$550,000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
09/24/2008 (6 years ago)

Donev Continues to Rumble

Ivo Donev
Running the table!

As we enter the 19th level of play in the £2,500 H.O.R.S.E. event at the 2008 World Series of Poker Europe all eyes are on Ivo Donev, a chess master from Austria who has rebounded from the brink of elimination to take over the chip lead.

Howard Lederer also found himself on the verge of elimination but has since bounced back, and the way these three combatants are trading chips it's still anyone's bracelet to win. 

Here's how the last hour played out in the Empire:

Donev Continues to Climb

In Stud play, Sherkhan Farnood and Ivo Donev take a pot to the river with Farnood holding 4 2 3 T and Donev holding 7 8 J 6 and with betting on all streets except seventh, which gets checks from both players. Donev turns up a buried pair of queens and it's good to take the pot.

Donev Takes More from Lederer

Donev continues to use Howard Lederer as his personal ATM, taking another pot from the Professor after the Full Tilt pro bet out on every street during Stud play and accumulating a hand as follows: 3 5 2 A. Donev has 6 Q 4 3 and calls Lederer down with K-Q-8 in the hole for a pair of queens. The Professor can't beat it and ships a substantial pot over to Donev.

Lederer Claws Back

In Hold'em action, Lederer and Donev see a board come J 6 2 9 5 with minimal betting until the river, at which point Donev bets out and is raised. He makes the call and sees Lederer turn up 8 7 for the nut straight. Donev can't beat it and Lederer takes the pot to build his stack back up over the $200k mark.

Even More for Donev

Continuing in Hold'em play, Donev raises and Sherkhan Farnood makes the call in the big blind. The flop comes A K 3 and Farnood bets out. Donev raises and Farnood calls. The turn is the Q and Farnood checks. Donev checks behind and the river is the K. Farnood checks again and Donev raises. Farnood makes the call, only to muck when Donev shows K-2 for trips to take the pot.  

Chip Counts

Here are the current chip counts, according to www.worldseriesofpoker.com:

Seat 1
Sherkhan Farnood
$205,000
Seat 2
Phil Ivey
6th
Seat 3
Spencer Lawrence
8th
Seat 4
Jeffrey Lisandro7th
Seat 5
Ivo Donev
$450,000
Seat 6
Jeff Duval
4th
Seat 7
Howard Lederer
$363,000
Seat 8
Mark Gregorich
5th

 

Level
19
Blinds
6000/12000
Average Stack
$366,667
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
09/24/2008 (6 years ago)

The Rise and Fall of Ivo Donev

Ivo Donev
How ya like me now?

The last hour of play has seen Ivo Donev taken to the brink of elimination before experiencing a stunning recovery to bring his stack back up to a workable level. Donev now sits second in chips behind only Howard Lederer, and three-handed play continues.

Here's the rundown:

Donev Down (Part 1)

In Stud/8 action, Ivo Donev and Sherkhan Farnood take it to seventh street with betting on every street and Donev showing 4 8 J 8 to Farnood's 5 T 4 2. Farnood bets out on the river and Donev makes a crying call, turning up 9 8 6 for trip eights. Farnood has A 4 3 for the wheel and scoops the pot, knocking Donev down to about $125,000.

Donev Down (Part 2)

In Limit Hold'em action, Donev limps from the small blind and Howard Lederer raises in the big blind. Donev reraises and Lederer calls. The flop comes 8 7 6 and Donev bets out. Lederer calls and the turn is the 2. Same pattern emerges.

The river is the 4 and both players check. Donev turns up A T for ace-high while Lederer has A 7 for second pair. Lederer takes the pot and Donev is down to $75,000.

Howard Lederer
Who is this guy?

Donev Doubles

Still in LHE, Donev gets all-in in a hand with Lederer on the turn of a J T 7 7 board. Lederer calls with A J for top pair but Donev has Q 7 for trip sevens. The river is the 4 and Donev takes the pot to double back up to $150,000.

Donev Dominant!

Still in LHE, Donev three-bets in the big blind after Lederer raises on the button. The Professor makes the call and  the flop comes K Q T. Donev bets out and Lederer calls. The turn is the 2 and Donev now check-calls his Full Tilt rival's wager.

The river is the Q and Donev bets. Lederer calls with Q 9, while Donev has A Q for trips with a higher kicker, to build his stack up to around $300,000.

Donev Counts Chips!

Actually, www.worldseriesofpoker.com does that. But Donev could probably do it too.

Seat 1
Sherkhan Farnood
$355,000
Seat 2
Phil Ivey
6th
Seat 3
Spencer Lawrence
8th
Seat 4
Jeffrey Lisandro7th
Seat 5
Ivo Donev
$335,000
Seat 6
Jeff Duval
4th
Seat 7
Howard Lederer
$410,000
Seat 8
Mark Gregorich
5th
Level
18
Blinds
5000/10000
Average Stack
$366,667
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
09/24/2008 (6 years ago)

WSOPE HORSE - Duval Drop-Kicked!

Jeff Duvall
Loves the smell of £22,000 in the morning.

We're down to three players in the 2008 World Series of Poker Europe's £2,500 H.O.R.S.E. event after the untimely demise of Jeff Duval. Read on to see how Duval found himself consigned to the proverbial glue factory:

Duval Crippled!

In an Omaha/8 hand, Ivo Donev calls in the small blind and Jeff Duval checks his option in the big. The flop comes T 8 6 and Donev bets out. Duval raises and Donev calls. The turn is the A and both players check. The river is the A and Donev bets. Duval folds and Donev takes a decent-sized pot, leaving Duval running on fumes.

Duval Stays Alive

In Omaha/8, Jeff Duval calls from under the gun and Howard Lederer bumps it up. Ivo Donev calls and Duval calls as well. The flop comes A T 2 and action checks to the Professor, who bets. Donev calls and Duval raises. Lederer reraises and Ivo calls once more before Duval moves all-in for $1,000 more.

Lederer and Donev both call and the turn is the K. Donev check-calls Lederer's bet and does it again when the 7 lands on the river.

Lederer turns up A K Q 8 for two pair, while Donev has 9 9 5 3 for an A-2-3-5-7 low. They split the side pot. Duval has 7 6 4 3 for an A-2-3-4-7 low and he and Lederer split the main. Duval stays alive!

Duval Bronshtein'd (Fourth)

A few hands after his chop with Lederer, Duval gets all-in against the Professor on fifth street in a later Omaha/8 hand. With the board showing K J 7 2 6, Lederer turns up A 9 5 4 for the diamond flush and an A-2-4-6-7 low. Duval mucks, conceding his tournament, and is eliminated in fourth place, an achievement for which he'll be paid £22,000.

Chip Counts

Here are the current chip counts, courtesy www.worldseriesofpoker.com:

Seat 1
Sherkhan Farnood
$295,000
Seat 2
Phil Ivey
6th
Seat 3
Spencer Lawrence
8th
Seat 4
Jeffrey Lisandro7th
Seat 5
Ivo Donev
$255,000
Seat 6
Jeff Duval
4th
Seat 7
Howard Lederer
$563,000
Seat 8
Mark Gregorich
5th
Level
18
Blinds
5000/10000
Average Stack
$366,667
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
09/24/2008 (6 years ago)

WSOPE HORSE - Put Out to Stud!

Sherkhan Farnood
Farnoodiest!

The action continues in the £2,500 H.O.R.S.E. event with the surviving four players swapping chips this way and that, accomplishing very little. Jeff Duval has brought himself back from the brink of elimination, with Sherkhan Farnood and Howard Lederer also winning big hands in this level.

Here's how it all played out:

Pot for Duval

Playing Stud and with the 6 up, Jeff Duval brings it in and Ivo Donev completes with the A. Duval raises and Donev makes the call. On fourth street, Donev gets the 9 and Duval the 5. Donev checks and Duval bets. Donev calls and gets the T on fifth while Duval is dealt the 7. Again Donev checks and Duval bets almost his entire stack. Donev folds and Duval takes it.

Big Pot for Duval

While playing Stud, Sherkhan Farnood and Jeff Duval get into a bit of a confrontation that sees betting on all streets with Farnood showing 3 T T J and  and Duval 3 T 4 J. On seventh street, Farnood checks to Duval, who bets out and is called. Duvall turns up K-K-J for kings-up and takes down the pot.

Jeff Duvall
Just Duval it!

Pot for the Professor

In the last hand of Stud, Howard Lederer gets into it with Farnood and Donev, though the latter drops out on fifth street. With betting on all streets, the picture on seventh street is as follows:

Farnood: 6 4 7 4

Lederer: Q 9 J Q

Both players check the river and Lederer turns up A-J-3 for queens-up to take the pot.

Chips for Farnood

On the last hand of Stud 8, Duval brings it in with the 4 and Farnood completes with the K. Donev makes the call and Duval joins the party as well. Donev  gets out after receiving the 7 on fourth street, but Farnood and Duval take it to the river, betting every street but seventh.

The up cards are as follows:

 Farnood: K 2 8 5

Duval: 4 K T J

Both players check and Farnood shows a king in the hole for a pair. Duval can't make a low and can't beat that high, and Farnood takes the pot.

Chip Counts

Here are the current chip counts, courtesy www.worldseriesofpoker.com:

Seat 1
Sherkhan Farnood
$165,000
Seat 2
Phil Ivey
$0
Seat 3
Spencer Lawrence
$0
Seat 4
Jeffrey Lisandro$0
Seat 5
Ivo Donev
$230,000
Seat 6
Jeff Duval
$230,000
Seat 7
Howard Lederer
$460,000
Seat 8
Mark Gregorich
$0
Level
17
Blinds
4000/8000
Average Stack
$275,000
Players Left
4
Tables Left
1
09/24/2008 (6 years ago)

WSOPE HORSE - Action Resumes!

Howard Lederer
Chip leader!

We've just returned from dinner break and the cards are back in the air at the final table of the £2,500 H.O.R.S.E. tournament at the 2008 World Series of Poker Europe.

Here are the chip counts as we resume play:

Seat 1
Sherkhan Farnood
$311,000
Seat 2
Phil Ivey
$0
Seat 3
Spencer Lawrence
$0
Seat 4
Jeffrey Lisandro$0
Seat 5
Ivo Donev
$223,000
Seat 6
Jeff Duval
$161,000
Seat 7
Howard Lederer
$411,000
Seat 8
Mark Gregorich
$0
Level
17
Blinds
4000/8000
Average Stack
$275,000
Players Left
4
Tables Left
1
09/24/2008 (6 years ago)

WSOPE HORSE - Ivey, Lisandro Outtie!

Phil Ivey
Tough break, Jerome.

We're down to four-handed play at the final table of Event 2 at the 2008 World Series of Poker Europe and the £2,500 H.O.R.S.E. event continues towards the end of Level 16. Our most recent eliminations include two of the more famous faces at the table, leavinng only Howard Lederer behind to keep the fort for the big name pros.

Here's how the last hour played out at the Empire:

Lisandro Whacked (7th)

During Limit Hold'em action, Jeffrey Lisandro and Howard Lederer see a flop come K 6 4 and Lederer bets out. Lisandro calls and the turn is the 8, prompting another bet from Lederer and an all-in raise from Lisandro.

Lederer makes the call, tabling 7 5 for the straight, while Lisandro has a pair of red jacks and is drawing dead. The river is the A and Lisandro is eliminated, out in 7th for an £11,000 dividend.

Ivey Up, Ivey Down

Phil Ivey rides a roller-coaster throughout the level,  building his stack up over the $100,000 mark before losing pots to Lederer, Ivo Donev and Sherkhan Farnood to bring his stack down to a critical level.

Jeffrey Lisandro
Ice Man: Melts!

The Full Tilt pro doubles back through Donev to build his stack up to $30,000 when his pair of threes miraculously holds during Stud action, but is still on thin ice and needs to make more moves if he wants to survive.

Ivey Out! (6th)

Just like that, the Phil Ivey show is over. Jerome gets it all-in on Seventh Street during Stud action while showing T K 8 2 to Mark Gregorich's T 6 6 9, calling off his last few chips after Gregorich put him all-in dark.

Gregorich turns up a pair of buried queens for queens-up and Ivey insta-mucks, conceding the pot and busting out in 6th place for a £13,750 score.

Gregorich Maddux'd (5th)

During Hold'em action, Mark Gregorich and Sherkhan Farnood see a flop come K 9 8. Gregorich bets out and Farnood raises. Gregorich calls and the turn is the 4. Gregorich checks to Farnood, who bets out and sees Gregorich raise all-in behind.

Farnood makes the call, tabling 5 5 to Gregorich's A J. The river is the 9 and the fives take the pot, sending Gregorich to the rail in 5th place just as the field breaks for a two-hour dinner break. 

Chip Counts

Here are the current chip counts, courtesy www.worldseriesofpoker.com:

Seat 1
Sherkhan Farnood
$290,000
Seat 2
Phil Ivey
$0
Seat 3
Spencer Lawrence
$0
Seat 4
Jeffrey Lisandro$0
Seat 5
Ivo Donev
$262,000
Seat 6
Jeff Duval
$188,000
Seat 7
Howard Lederer
$380,000
Seat 8
Mark Gregorich
$0
Level
16
Blinds
3000/6000
Average Stack
$275,000
Players Left
4
Tables Left
1
09/24/2008 (6 years ago)

WSOPE HORSE - Lawrence Sarah'd

Spencer Lawrence
Lawrence of Bustopia.

We're down one player at the final table of the £2,500 H.O.R.S.E. event at the 2008 World Series of Poker Europe and action continues seven-handed into Level 16. Meanwhile, a movie premiere outside has the media room filled with the howls of the British mob over stars like Simon Pegg and Gillian Anderson. And Phil Ivey is making a run back up the chip leaderboard after seeing his stock falter early in Level 15.

Here's how the last hour played out:

Lawrence Arabia'd (Eighth)

During Stud/8 action, Spencer Lawrence gets all-in on third street in a hand with Jeff Duval, Howard Lederer and Phil Ivey. Ivey got out on fourth street, but Lederer and Duval checked it down from fifth street on, with Lawrence showing 5 3 9 9 and turning up another three for nines-up at showdown.

Lederer, with 5 A J 4, mustered another ace in the hold for a pair, but Duval, showing T T 8 9, turned up buried kings for kings-up to send Lawrence to the rail in eighth place. He'll take home £8,938 for his time.

Ivey Doubles, Remains on Life Support

Also during a Stud/8 hand, Phil Ivey gets all-in on fifth street and Howard Lederer matches the wager. By the end of the affair the hands are as follows:

Ivey: 8 6 6 9 8 K A

Lederer: 6 3 7 J 9 8.

Ivey takes the pot with two pair, eights-up, and doubles up to bring his stack up to around $50,000.

Ivey on the Rebound

A few hands later (and in the Limit Hold'em round), Ivey and Jeff Lisandro see a flop come K Q 9. Ivey check-raises the flop and bets the 6 turn, getting a call from Lisandro. The river is the 5 and again Ivey bets and is called. Lisandro turns up big slick, but Ivey has K Q for top two, and takes down the pot.

Chip Counts

Here are the current chip counts, courtesy www.worldseriesofpoker.com:

Seat 1
Sherkhan Farnood
$200,000
Seat 2
Phil Ivey
$95,000
Seat 3
Spencer Lawrence
$0
Seat 4
Jeffrey Lisandro$88,000
Seat 5
Ivo Donev
$217,500
Seat 6
Jeff Duval
$274,500
Seat 7
Howard Lederer
$357,000
Seat 8
Mark Gregorich
$71,500
Level
16
Blinds
3000/6000
Average Stack
$157,143
Players Left
7
Tables Left
1
09/24/2008 (6 years ago)

WSOPE HORSE - Slow Going!

Howard Lederer
Still on top!

Level 15 continues at the final table of the £2,500 H.O.R.S.E. event at the 2008 World Series of Poker Europe with all of the final eight still in contention, albeit barely. Sherkhan Farnood and Mark Gregorich both find themselves with under $100,000 in chips and will be looking to double up to safety soon.

Here are the highlights from the last hour of play:

Donev Continues to Roll

During Limit Hold'em action, Jeffrey Lisandro raised from middle position and Ivo Donev reraised from his left. Lisandro made the call and the flop came 7 4 3, prompting checks from both players. The turn was the K and Lisandro checked to Donev, who bet out.

Lisandro called and the river was the K. Again Lisandro checked and again Donev bet. This time, Lisandro folded and Donev flashed pocket sevens for the full house.

Pot for Lederer

With the field having switched to Omaha/8, Howard Lederer raised pre-flop and was called by Sherkhan Farnood. The flop came K Q 5 and the Professor bet out. Farnood made the call and the turn was the 6. Lederer bet out again and this time Farnood raised. After some thought, the Full Tilt pro opted to call and the river was the 5.

Now the Professor checked to Farnood, who bet out. Lederer made the call and Farnood turned up A K T 4 for kings and fives, while Lederer had A K Q 2 for kings and queens and took down the pot.

Farnood Stays Alive

Also in Omaha/8, Sherkhan Farnood gets all-in pre-flop in a hand with Jeffrey Lisandro and Spencer Lawrence. The flop comes T 4 3 and Lawrence checks to Lisandro, who bets out and is called. The turn is the 7 and again Lawrence check-calls. The river is the A and the pattern repeats itself once more.

Farnood turns up 5 4 2 2 for the wheel straight and after Lawrence and Lisandro show A T 6 3 and A Q 6 2, Farnood triples up and stays alive.

Level
15
Blinds
2500/5000
Average Stack
$137,500
Players Left
8
Tables Left
1
1 2

Event Information

Event Name
Event 2, H.O.R.S.E.
Venue
London Clubs International
Date
2008-09-22
Final Day
2008-09-24
Buy In
£2,500
Entrants
110
Prize Pool
£275,000
First Prize
£76,999

Event Winner

Player Prize Money
1 Sherkhan Farnood £76,999
2 Ivo Donev £48,125
3 Howard Lederer £30,250
4 Jeff Duvall £22,000
5 Mark Gregorich £17,188

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