Day 8 of the 2015 World Series of Poker Europe in Berlin, Germany saw Alex Komaromi become Uruguay's first-ever bracelet winner, Event #6: €3,250 No-Limit Hold'em reach it's final table, and Event #7 €550 Pot-Limit Omaha kick off. Here's a look at everything you need to know from Thursday action.
Alex Komaromi Takes Down Event #5 Bracelet
Alex Komaromi became the first-ever player from Uruguay to win a WSOP bracelet, taking down Event #5: €2,200 8-Game Mixed Event at the WSOP Europe in Berlin, Germany.
Komaromi earned €65,740 and the most coveted prize in poker for his efforts, defeating a stacked final table including two-time WSOP bracelet winner and now five-time runner-up Scott Clements heads-up.
"I'm very excited," he told PokerNews. "It feels like a dream to me."
Soulier & Chartier Headline Event #6: €3,250 No-Limit Hold'em Final Table
Event #6: €3,250 No-Limit Hold'em originally began with 256 entrants, but on Thursday just 69 players returned for Day 2 action. Of those, just 27 were slated to get paid. Among those to miss out on a payday were Simon Ravnsbaek, Jeff Gross, Anthony Zinno, Phil Hellmuth, Jeff Lisandro, Pierre Neuville, Dzmitry Urbanovich, and Gintaris Simaitis, who was the unfortunate bubble boy.
Simaitis' demise came when he committed his last 30,500 holding the and Sam Chartier looked him up with the . Simaitis got it in as a heavy favorite, but the flop made things interesting by giving Chartier a gutshot straight draw. Much to Simaitis' dismay, the turn completed it, and he was drawing dead headed to the river.
From there, the in-the-money eliminations began to pile up and included Allen Kessler (21st - €6,885), Ilkin Amirov (14th - €11,175), Thomas Dunwoodie (13th - €11,175), and Pavel Veksler (10th - €13,560), who bubble the final table when his failed to hold against the of Thierry Cogniat after the board ran out .
Day three will see the final nine return to battle it our for the bracelet and the €182,510 top prize, with Mario Lopez and his stack of 892,000 leading the way.
The Final Table
Lee Bags Sizeable Lead After Day 1 of Event #7 €550 Pot-Limit Omaha
Day 1 of Event #7 €550 Pot-Limit Omaha, which featured a single reentry, saw 503 entrants (140 of which were reentries) take to the felt, which created a €243,955 prize pool. To be distributed among the top 56 players. Amazingly, it took just 14 levels of play for the field to be whittled down to the final 25
Among those to leave empty handed on Day 1 were Greg Merson, Marvin Rettenmaier, Scott Davies, Brian Hastings, Roger Hairabedian, Konstantin Puchkov, and bubble boy Michael Vater, who got his short stack in with the . Marius Fritz held the and ended up rivering a set when the board ran out .
Meanwhile, some notables managed a small cash including Davidi Kitai, Yusuf Kurt, and Ole Schemion, just to name a few.
Of course not everyone was so unlucky to bust. Among those advancing to Day 2 were Doug Lee, who held a more than 2-1 chip lead (593,000) over his next closest competitor, Turkey's Tayfun Oztoygan (221,500), Barny Boatman (157,000), Shannon Shorr (145,000), John Gale (134,500), Dominik Maska (73,000), and Peter Staudacher (40,000).
Top 10 Day 1 Chip Counts
Players will return for Day 2 action at 1 p.m. local time and play down to the final table of eight.
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