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Steve Billirakis Wins 2011 WSOPE €5,300 PLO

MrSmokey1 Clears 'Em Out
MrSmokey1 Clears 'Em Out

Steve “MrSmokey1” Billirakis had to wait four years but for the second time in his life he is a WSOP champion.

Italian Michele Di Lauro may have been relatively close in chips entering heads-up play but the result never seemed to be in question as Billirakis dominated from the first hand.

As it turned out the first hand would have a game-changing impact on the heads-up match.

Both players made a full house on the river of T 6 6 2 9 but Billirakis had the bigger one (Sixes over Nines) and scooped a pot worth over one million chips.

Di Lauro only had 500,000 chips after the massive hand while Billirakis was flush with over 2.5 million.

Play continued for a few more minutes when this tournament-ending hand occurred:

Di Lauro opened for 46,000 and Billirakis raised to 130,000. Di Lauro called and the dealer put out a A K 7 flop.

Billirakis bet 70,000 and Di Lauro immediately moved in for the last of his stack. Billirakis called and the players flipped over their cards:

Di Lauro: A J 4 T

Billirakis: A K Q 4

The Italian was in a world of hurt as Billirakis had him stomped with top two.

The entire room was in on its feet as the dealer threw down the 3 turn and the 9. Billirakis shook Di Lauro’s hand and gave a victorious fist pump.

Billirakis has won over $2 million since he became the youngest North American WSOP winner in history in 2007 but there’s no doubt this second bracelet has to be sweet. He takes down €238,140 for winning this thing while Di Lauro earns a €147,171 consolation prize.

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WSOPE €5,300 PLO Day 3 – Ramzi Out on His Jelassi

Where there is smoke...
Where there is smoke...

Swedish poker stud Ramzi Jelassi is the latest big name pro to wind up on the rail here in Cannes.

Well known in Europe, Jelassi has won over $1 million playing live tournaments but was still missing a WSOP Bracelet.

He came tantalizingly close tonight but in the end fell to a surging Steve "MrSmokey1" Billirakis.

A short-stacked Jelassi opened for 42,000 and Billirakis came in for a raise to 140,000. Jelassi called and the flop came A 3 2

Billirakis immediately bet out 65,000 and Jelassi shoved for the last of his chips, which amounted to 120,000. 

MrSmokey1 called and flipped A A 5 9. Jelassi could only muster T 9 8 8 and was really looking for another diamond.

Instead the board finished with the 4 and finally the K.

Jelassi takes down €105,937 for coming in third place. Jelassi’s elimination also means we are heads-up between Billirakis and Italian Michele Di Lauro.

Here are the stacks as we head into one-on-one war:

Billirakis: 1.6 million

Di Lauro: 1.1 million

Blinds are 10,000/20,000

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WSOPE €5,300 PLO Day 3 – Trickett Kicks It

Ticket for Trickett
Ticket for Trickett

Many poker fans considered Trickett the overwhelming favorite to win this contest considering he entered the final table as the chip leader and has been running extraordinarily hot this year.

It was not to be.

In his final hand a short-stacked Trickett bet 48,000 and Michele Di Lauro called. The flop came 7 5 2 and Trickett immediately moved all-in and Di Lauro made the call.

The players flipped over their cards:

Trickett: T T K J

Di Lauro: Q 7 3 2

Trickett would need some help from the board if he hoped to survive and it never came as the turn dropped A and the river fell 9.

The English pro picks up €77,642 for coming in fourth place, which should go well with the $3.2 million he’s already won playing live tournaments in 2011.

Meanwhile Di Lauro is in danger of breaking the one million mark with 990,000.

Leaderboard

Here’s how things are looking three-handed. Chip counts are courtesy of www.wsop.com

Steve Billirakis – 1.2 million
Michele Di Lauro – 990,000
Ramzi Jelassi – 330,000

Blinds are 8,000/16,000

Average Stack
900,000
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WSOPE €5,300 PLO Day 3 – MrSmokey1 Burns Bradpiece, Breaks $1 Million

Go home Jerome.
Go home Jerome.

Jerome Bradpiece put in a valiant effort at a final table full of big name pros but his time with us is finally at an end.

Steve Billirakis opened for 25,000 and Bradpiece raised to 81,000, with not very much left behind. 

Billirakis called and the flop came down K 9 2.

Bradpiece immediately moved all-in and Billirakis made a quick call. The players flipped over their hands:

Billirakis: J T 7 3

Bradpiece: K Q T 9

The board finished with the A and then the A to eliminate Bradpiece. The English pro picks up €57,912 for coming in fifth place.

Billirakis was up to 820,000 chips after the hand and wasn’t done as he would play a huge hand against Ramzi Jelassi about 10 minutes later.

Billirakis Takes Huge Pot From Jelassi

Swedish raising machine Ramzi Jelassi bet 33,000 pre-flip and Steve Billirakis made the call.

The dealer gave them a T 6 5 flop and both players checked. The turn brought the J and Ramzi threw out a bet of 40,000.

Billirakis called and the river came 5 and Ramzi bet 65,000. Billirakis thought for a few minutes before moving two of his giant 5,000-chip stacks into the middle.

The raise was worth over 200,000 and Ramzi had a look in his eye that said he might raise or at least call.

Instead Ramzi threw his cards in the muck and joked, “Just once, I want to be the hero.”

After the hand Billirakis was up over 1 million chips while Jelassi fell to 560,000. Billirakis is the first player break the one million chip mark in this tournament.

Leaderboard

Here's how it all shakes down after the last hour of play. Chip counts courtesy of www.wsop.com:

Steve Billirakis - 1,030,000
Michele De Lauro - 598,000
Ramzi Jelassi - 504,000
Sam Trickett - 360,000

Blinds are 6,000/12,000

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WSOPE €5,300 PLO Day 3 – Dinner is Done

Five enter, one leaves (with a €238,140 prize)
Five enter, one leaves (with a €238,140 prize)

Players have returned from their dinner break and the quest for the €5,300 PLO bracelet is once again on.

With five players left we could be in for a late one here folks but at the same time this is PLO and anything can happen. Players are competing for the more than €500,000 that is still left in the prizepool.

Here’s a look at the chip stacks after the final dinner break of the tournament:

Michele Di Lauro – 785,000
Ramzi Jelassi – 635,000
Steve Billirakis – 615,000
Sam Trickett – 450,000
Jerome Bradpiece – 240,000

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WSOPE €5,300 PLO Day 3 – Billirakis Finds Double in Bradpiece

Steve Billirakis takes a stand.
Steve Billirakis takes a stand.

English pro Jerome Bradpiece has been on a serious heater here at the final table but Steve Billirakis just cooled him down in a big way. 

Bradpiece opened the pot for 25,000 and Billirakis three-bet to 90,000. Bradpiece thought for a minute but eventually made the call.

The flop came Q 8 4 and Bradpiece wasted no time putting in enough chips to put Billirakis’ tournament life on the line.

Billirakis called and flipped over A A T 7 while Bradpiece showed 6 6 2 2.

The board finished with the 8 and then the 3 to net Billirakis a double up. After the hand Billirakis moved up to 530,000 chips while Bradpiece fell below to 240,000.

And with that players are on their dinner break. Check back in 60 minutes for more updates from the heart of the Hotel Majestic in Cannes, France.

Here’s a look at the chip counts courtesy of www.wsop.com at the dinner break:

Michele Di Lauro – 785,000
Ramzi Jelassi – 635,000
Steve Billirakis – 615,000
Sam Trickett – 450,000
Jerome Bradpiece – 240,000
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WSOPE €5,300 PLO Day 3 – Kollmann, Uspenskiy Crash

Kollman Cool'ed
Kollman Cool'ed

Players are starting to bust out of the final table at a blistering pace.

Our latest two latest casualties are Austrian Erich Kollmann and Konstantin Uspenskiy who have bowed out in seventh and sixth respectively.

Kollmann was reeling after losing a big hand to Uspenskiy and it wasn’t long before he got it all in with Q Q J 2 against Jerome Bradpiece’s T T 9 4.

The board came J 8 7 4 3 and that was enough to send Kollman back to Austria (or more likely to his hotel room).

Kollmann picks up €33,922 for coming in seventh while Bradpiece, who’s been a strong player at the final table thus far, moves up to over 200,000 chips.

It wasn’t that long after Kollmann’s elimination that Konstantin Uspenskiy would also take a trip to the payout booth.

In his final hand Uspenskiy was facing a 16,000 pre-flop bet from Swede Ramzi Jelassi and opted to raise to 60,000.

Jelassi called and the flop came Q Q 6. The action was so fast we’re not sure who made the first move but suffice to say the chips got in the middle with Jelassi easily covering Uspenskiy.

The Russian showed A K K 2 to Jelassi’s T 8 5 7 and the board finished with the 8 and then the 4 to give Jelassi a straight and the pot.

Uspenskiy, who’s been surprisingly resilient in this event is finally out in sixth place and will receive €43,950 for his efforts.

Leaderboard

Here are the latest chip counts courtesy of www.wsop.com:

Ramzi Jelassi - 850,000
Sam Trickett - 644,000
Michele Di Lauro - 575,000
Steve Billirakis - 338,000
Jerome Bradpiece - 205,000

Blinds are 5,000/10,000

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WSOPE €5,300 PLO Day 3 – November Niner Out in Ninth

Eoghan O'Dea
Eoghan O'Dea

Let’s hope Eoghan O’Dea is saving his run-good for the big show in Vegas this November.

O’Dea, who is a member of the 2011 WSOP Main Event final table, was looking to warm-up by winning a bracelet here in Cannes but has been cast aside in the early stages of the final table.

The Irish pro was short-stacked to start the final table and finally got it in with A Q J 7 on a A 7 6 flop.

Unfortunately for O’Dea, Sam Trickett called with A Q T 8 and the board finished with the J and the 5 to send O’Dea on his way.

O’Dea picks up €21,221 for coming in ninth place.

Here’s a look at the other interesting hands, including another elimination in the last hour of play:

Konstantin Doubles Through Chartier

Konstantin Uspenskiy appeared headed for an early exit at this final table but he just found some breathing room thanks to Sam Chartier. 

Uspenskiy got it all in with a massive draw against Chartier’s set of tens and managed to get there on the turn.

The Russian and Canadian essentially traded places after the hand and it was Chartier who was desperate for a double.

Chartier Checks Out

Sam Chartier simply couldn’t overcome his chip deficit after losing that pivotal hand to Konstantin Uspenskiy.

In his final hand Chartier got it in with A 5 4 8 against Jerome Bradpiece’s A K Q 9.

The board came J 9 3 T 6 and the last Canadian hope in this tournament is out of contention.

Chartier picks up €26,210 for coming in ninth place in this event.

Meanwhile Bradpiece moves up to 200,000 in chips after the hand.

Leaderboard

Here are the chip stacks after the two eliminations courtesy of www.wsop.com:

Sam Trickett – 835,000
Michele Di Lauro – 505,000
Ramzi Jelassi – 460,000
Steve Billirakis – 460,000
Jerome Bradpiece – 202,000
Erich Kollmann – 156,000
Konstantin Uspenskiy – 126,000

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WSOPE €5,300 PLO Day 3 – Konstantin Falters

Konstantin Uspenskiy
Konstantin Uspenskiy

Despite all the action last night, the start to the final table has been downright tentative with very few flops seen in the last hour.

Ramzi Jelassi, Erich Kollman and Steve Billirakis have been amongst the most active players although it’s mostly been small pots.

The one exception would be Michele Di Lauro’s double through Konstantin Uspenskiy.

Steve Billirakis opened for 12,000 and Di Lauro called but Uspenskiy raised to 57,000.

Both Billirakis and Di Lauro called and the flop came 7 3 2. Billirakis and Di Lauro checked but Uspenskiy bet pot. Billirakis folded but Di Lauro responded by re-potting all-in.

Konstantin, having Di Lauro covered by 25,000, decided to make the call. The players revealed their hands:

Di Lauro: Q Q 3 3

Uspenskiy: A 3 T 4

The board finished with the A and finally the 8 to give Di Lauro the pot and a double up. Uspenskiy fell down to just 28k and looked primed for an early exit but actually managed a double up against Steve Billirakis on the next hand.

Here’s a look at the latest chip counts after the first hour of play courtesy of www.wsop.com:

Sam Trickett – 695,000
Michele Di Lauro – 540,000
Steve Billirakis – 455,000
Ramzi Jelassi – 379,000
Erich Kollmann – 220,000
Jerome Bradpiece – 146,000
Eoghan O’Dea – 108,000
Sam Chartier – 99,500
Konstantin Uspenskiy – 61,000

Blinds are 3,000/6,000

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WSOPE €5,300 PLO Day 3 – The Endgame Begins

MrSmokey1 hunts another bracelet.
MrSmokey1 hunts another bracelet.

It’s Day 3 of the 2011 WSOPE €5,300 in sunny Cannes, France, and before the day is complete we will crown a new European PLO master.

It would be difficult to picture a more skilled final table as name pros Steve Billirakis, Ramzi Jelassi, Sam Chartier, Erich Kollman and November Niner Eoghan O’Dea are all looking for some WSOPE glory.

It’s obvious the lesser known Konstantin Uspenskiy, Michele Di Lauro and Jerome Bradpiece also have some skill to have made it so far in such a prestigious event.

That’s not even getting to England’s Sam Trickett who is on the mother of all heaters.

In 2011 Trickett has already won the Aussie $100k High Roller, finished second in the Aussie $250k Super High Roller and made the Partouche Poker Tour main event final table for more than $3 million in tournament winnings.

WSOP TD Jack Effel has just announced the shuffle up and deal so we are once again live from the 2011 WSOPE.

Here’s a look at the chip stacks as the players head into battle for the final time in the 2011 WSOPE €5,300 PLO event:

Sam Trickett – 713,500
Steve Billirakis – 459,500
Ramzi Jelassi – 379,500
Konstantin Uspenskiy – 359,500
Michele Di Lauro – 261,500
Erich Kollmann – 156,000
Jerome Bradpiece – 146,000
Eoghan O’Dea – 115,000
Sam Chartier – 109,500

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Event Name Event 3 - €5,300 Pot-Limit Omaha
Venue Cannes, France
Date 10 October 2011
Final Day 12 October 2011
Buy In €5,300
Entrants 180
Prize Pool €882,000
First Prize €238,140

Steve Billirakis
wins
€238,140

Event 3 - €5,300 Pot-Limit Omaha

Top Money Finishers Prize
1. Steve Billirakis €238,140
2. €147,171
3. Ramzi Jelassi €105,937
4. Sam Trickett €77,642
5. Jerome Bradpiece €57,912
6. €33,922
7. Erich Kollmann €26,610
8. Sam Chartier €21,221
9. Eoghan O'Dea €17,190
10. Oleksii Kovalchuk €17,190