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American poker pro Dan O'Brien came painfully close to his first gold bracelet today, finishing second for the second consecutive year at the World Series of Poker Europe. He was defeated heads-up by French player Darko Stojanovic in the €5,300 Mixed Max event. PokerListings.com speaks to both O'Brien and Stojanovic after the match was decided.
Dan: Yeah, it's pretty brutal to come in second place I think in anything, especially when there's so many people you had to get through. And it doesn't help that it's the same country two years in a row and very similar spots where I had a pretty good lead heads up, but you just have to have a little perspective and I feel, even though I was a little bit unlucky here I still feel pretty lucky overall. I was short going through the tournament. So in order to get to this point, you have to have a lot of things go your way. And all the support from my friends and family is really appreciated. So it's hard to really feel unlucky.
Darko: I'm really happy because I won against a really good player. I'm semi professional. I've been playing since 2005. I've been playing cards since I was kid, and took up Hold'em in 2005. I don't play every day against Phil Hellmuth and Phil Ivey. It's not nothing. I feel really good inside. It's a great victory to have won the bracelet but the prize money isn't enough to change my life. Now when I play at other tables I may be looked at differently by other players as I'm now a WSOPE bracelet winner.