WSOPE ACTION HEADLINES THE WEEK’S NEWS

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The World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) dominated the week’s live poker action in the south of France, with five of seven of the Series’ events now complete.

While Ben Manbett won the WPT Borgata Poker Open in the United States, across the Atlantic the WSOP action started in historic fashion, Imed Ben Mahmoud becoming the first Tunisian in WSOP history to win a gold bracelet. Mahmoud topped a field of 227 in Event #1, the €2,700 six-handed no-limit hold’em event, beating Frenchman Yannick Bonnet from France. Roberto Romanello narrowly missed out on a Triple Crown, finishing in fifth. Romanello already has WPT and EPT titles.

There was nothing new about the winner of Event #2, with Antonio Esfandiari earning his third gold bracelet in the €1,000 no-limit hold’em. Esfandiari defeated Remi Bollengier heads-up, topping a field of 626 players.

Roger Hairabedian took honours for France in Event #3, the €5,300 pot-limit Omaha event. It’s Hairabedian’s ninth career title bit first WSOP bracelet, defeating Ville Mattila heads-up. Michael Mizrachi finished in third place while former main event winner Joe Hachem finished sixth. Jason Mercier finished ninth.

There was more success for France in Event #4, the €3,250 no-limit hold’em shootout won, by Giovanni Rosadoni. In Event #6 Francisco Da Costa became the first Portuguese player to win gold in the €1,650 six-handed pot-limit Omaha. The 36-year-old beat Ana Marquez heads up, much to the delight of his countrymen.

It leaves two events to play. Event #5, the €10,450 Mixed Max no-limit hold’em, comes to an end on Monday after the final heads-up phase. Brandon Cantu and Jonathan Aguilar will play for the title. The main event of the WSOPE plays on this week with the final table to take place on Thursday.

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