Shorr, Romanello Headline WSOPE Day 4

Roberto Romanello
Roberto Romanello looks to join the small group of players with EPT, WPT and WSOP titles.

Day 4 at the 2011 World Series of Poker Europe wraps with Shannon Shorr leading a record-breaking PLO field and Roberto Romanello chasing poker’s Triple Crown.

Shorr, an American pro with more than $4 million in career earnings, finished Day 1 of the €5k PLO event as chip leader and will return tomorrow to make a run at the third final table of the 2011 WSOPE.

Romanello, meanwhile, is sitting in third position going into the final table of Event 2, looking to add a WSOP bracelet to a record that already includes both EPT and WPT titles.

Read on for highlights from Day 4 from the World Series of Poker Europe in Cannes.

Shannon Shorr Leads Record-Breaking €5k PLO Day 1

This year’s €5k PLO event drew 180 players. That’s 15 more than this tournament’s previous record of 165 set in 2007.

As expected this field was absolutely packed with big names, and perhaps the biggest was leading all-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth. Fresh off a seventh-place finish in Event 1, Hellmuth managed to survive the day and keep his hopes for another deep run alive.

American pro Shannon Shorr is leading the pack returning for Day 2 tomorrow, but will have a tough roster of talent to contend with as the field is pared down further toward the 18 players who will get paid.

€238,140 is waiting for the eventual winner, and among those notable names with a shot at it are 2011 WSOP bracelet winner Elie Payan, 2011 Aussie Millions final-tablist Randy Dorfman, High-Roller specialist Sam Trickett and Canadian EPT winner Mike “Timex” McDonald.

Many big names entered and busted before the day was done, including Patrik Antonius, Freddy Deeb, Tom Dwan, Tony G, Erik Seidel, Barry Greenstein and Sami Kelopuro.

Patrik Antonius
Patrik Antonius played, and busted, the €5k PLO.

55 players in total will come back tomorrow at 3pm to play down to a final table.

Click here to read’s live coverage from Event 3, €5k PLO.

Romanello Hunts Triple Crown at €1k No-Limit Final Table

This €1k No-Limit Hold’em event set the record for the biggest WSOPE field in history at 771 and by the time the two Day 1 heats were done just 105 players remained. Each and every one of them returned to the Hotel Majestic in Cannes today in hopes of taking one step closer to the €148,030 first-place prize.

Leading the final nine who will return tomorrow to decide a champion is Italy’s Gianluca Speranza. The Italian has a dominant lead with 757,000 in chips, more than 300k more than his nearest competition, Australian Andrew Hichensen.

Speranza is chasing the biggest score of his career here in Cannes, having earned roughly $250,000 since his first recorded cash in 2007.

Hinrichsen, who enters the final table with 434,000, may be familiar to viewers of the 2011 WSOP Main Event, as he finished 24th for just over $300,000, this biggest payday of his career.

Sitting in third position heading into the finale is Welshman Roberto Romanello, easily the most recognizable face among the final nine.

Romanello is a fixture on the European tournament circuit with over $2.2 million in earnings and both EPT and WPT titles to his credit. Should he outlast his eight final-table counterparts tomorrow he will become the fifth player to win poker’s triple crown.

Rounding out the notable names at the final table is John Eames, a British poker pro with over $1.2 million in earnings.

Eames enters the final nine in seventh position.

Here are the chip counts heading into tomorrow’s final table:

  • 1 - Gianluca Speranza - 757,000
  • 2 - Andrew Hinrichsen - 434,000
  • 3 - Roberto Romanello - 253,000
  • 4 - Nabil Nedjai - 250,500
  • 5 - Eric Baudry - 232,000
  • 6 - Tarcisio Bruno - 153,500
  • 7 - John Eames - 106,500
  • 8 - Gregory Lejolivet - 95,000
  • 9 - Bernard Guigon - 53,000

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