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WSOP Europe Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Max Event Reduces 341 Players to 8 Survivors Only

A king-size portion of poker was served this Wednesday in Rozvadov’s King’s Casino as the player pool of the third Bracelet event in the structure of the WSOP Europe was significantly reduced. Over the span of Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Max Day 2, the surviving 46 players who made it to the beginning of the day were sifted through, ultimately leaving only eight participants bracing for the Final Table on Thursday.

This particular event appeared to spark the interest of many players coming from near and far, as each and every one of them considers it prestigious to own a sparkling World Series of Poker Bracelet. In addition to that, the appealing format of action commonly referred to PLO never fails to deliver excellent poker experience to players. As a result, the heart of Europe has now established its reputation as the poker capital of the continent.

Overall Chip Leader Misses Final Table

King’s Casino’s poker room welcomed back as many as 46 players who had made it through the ups and downs of the two starting flights and all the way to Day 2. Christopher Back was the chip leader with the largest chances to claim the throne and the Gold Bracelet coming with it. Meanwhile, Edward Lawrie from the UK was the player with fewest chips to his name at the very beginning of Day 2 – only 72,000.

Michal Mrakes is also among the players who had made it that far in the structure of the tournament with a chipcount of 141,000. It could be recalled that he was the chip leader leading into WSOP Circuit Texas Hold’em No-Limit 6-Max Event which eventually brought Ring #7 to its new owner. The first player to leave the race at the very beginning of Wednesday was Grant Hart from the UK who proved worthy of the minimum prize for the day €1,079.

Shaun Deeb was among the players who also had to bid farewell to his chances of winning the third Bracelet later on, bagging €1,224. Lawrie showcased his skills on the felt and climbed all the way to the 33rd position on the official leader board. This resulted in a paycheck of €1,224 as well. Promising Bulgarian player Viliyan Petleshkov received some €1,418 for his deep run which is sure to send him straight to the next Bracelet event of the WSOPE schedule. Shortly after his elimination, Mrakes was also sent home with the same cash payout.

Players Reduced to Only the Best

As it turns out more often than not, a chip leading position at the beginning of the day does not necessarily mean a guaranteed progress ahead. Back was the latest example of this unwritten rule as following a day of ups and downs he was sent home right before the day’s end. The Canadian player received cash prize of €3,991 for his 10th position.

Thursday would witness a total of eight players returning to their appointed seats at the Final Table which would be streamed. German player Florian Sarnow is the player with the shortest chip stack of 375,000. In the meantime, there are two players with an equal number of chips to their name, sharing the leading position. Those are Tarek Alonso from Chile and Duc Tran from Austria, who will welcome all remaining participants on the Final Day.

They would meet once again at 3 p.m. today and battle for the right to call the most skillful among them the next WSOPE Champion. Parallelly another poker tournament is set to launch action – the WSOPE Monster Stack event with its first out of three flights and guaranteed prize pool of €500,000. Each participant would have to pay a mandatory buy-in of €1,100 in order to claim a spot in it. WSOPE Bracelet #5 awaits its winner next Monday and the best is yet to come.

 Author: Benjamin Barry

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