Record Numbers and First Swiss Bracelet Headline WSOPE Day 3

Guillaume Humbert
Guillaume Humbert earned €215,999 and Switzerland's first WSOP gold bracelet tonight in Cannes.

The biggest tournament in the history of the World Series of Poker Europe and the first gold bracelet ever won by Switzerland got things rolling on day three of the 2011 WSOPE.

Guillaume Humbert, a 26-year-old Swiss amateur, defeated Japan’s Azusa Maeda heads-up to win the first bracelet of 2011.

Finishing seventh in that event was leading all-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth. Click through here to read our exit interview with Hellmuth.

Also, the official numbers are in for Event 2 with the completion of the tournament’s second Day 1 heat. With almost 800 people taking to the felt in the lowest buy-in event of this series, we’ve set a new attendance record for the WSOPE.

Read on for highlights and details from Day 3 of the 2011 World Series of Poker Europe in Cannes.

Humbert Takes First Swiss Gold Bracelet

The first event of this year’s WSOPE kicked off Friday and drew 360 players, creating a total prize pool of € 753,600.

After a long and hard-fought heads-up match 26-year-old non-pro Guillaume Humbert was crowned champion and became the first gold bracelet winner from Switzerland.

Humbert defeated Azusa Maeda from Japan, earning €215,999. Maeda received €133,471 for his runner-up finish.

All-time WSOP bracelet leader Phil Hellmuth had a chance to extend that lead but was eliminated in seventh, one spot off the six-handed final table.

Other notables cashing in this event included Casey Kastle (9th), Anton Wigg (11th), David Benyamine (12th), Freddy Deeb (15th), Marvin Rettenmaier (17th) and Peter Jetten (20th).

Here are the final table payouts for Event 1:

  • 1 - Guillaume Humbert - 215,999
  • 2 - Azusa Maeda - 133,471
  • 3 - Roy Finlay - 92,629
  • 4 - Matan Krakow - 65,068
  • 5 - Adrien Allain - 46,250
  • 6 - Marton Czuczor - 33,255

Hinrichsen Leads Event 2, €1,090 No-Limit Hold’em

Hotel Majestic, Cannes
The Hotel Majestic, home to the 2011 World Series of Poker Europe.

771 players bought into the second event of 2011, making it the biggest tournament the WSOPE has ever hosted. That number topped the 608 who turned out for this same event in 2009, won by Brit JP Kelly.

381 and 390 players bought into Days 1A and 1B, respectively, and by the time both heats had been completed Australia’s Andrew Hinrichsen leads the 105 players who will return for Day 2. He managed to amass 63,900 in chips.

Among the familiar faces returning to make a run at the money are 2011 Aussie Millions final-tablist Randy Dorfman, McLean Karr, Erik Cajelais, Vanessa Selbst, November Niner Eoghan O’Dea, former EPT Grand Final champion Nicolas Chouity, 2010 Irish Open winner James Mitchell and EPT Berlin winner Kevin MacPhee.

Here are the top ten chip counts going into Day 2:

  • 1 - Andrew Hinrichsen - 63,900
  • 2 - Yannick Autaa - 60,000
  • 3 - Eric Baudry - 58,300
  • 4 - Gianluca Speranza - 54,000
  • 5 - Carlo Savinelli - 52,400
  • 6 - Adam Palethorpe - 48,500
  • 7 - Nabil Nedjai - 45,300
  • 8 - Toby Lewis - 45,200
  • 9 - Brian Roberts - 43,400
  • 10 - Ricardo Pereira - 42,500 will be in Cannes for the duration of the 2011 World Series of Poker Europe. Stay up to date on everything that's happening on our WSOP Europe 2011 Live Coverage page.

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