The WSOP Europe tournament, more popularly labeled WSOPE, is currently running at London. The action is taking place at the swanky Casino at the Empire in Leicester Square. The event that is underway is the No-Limit Hold’em High-Roller Heads-Up Championship. With a buy in of £10,000 this event attracted the biggest names in the poker world. In all 103 players registered. In the first round the field was brought down to 64 so that the heads up could progress systematically after that. Some of the top professional poker players to fall in the first two rounds included Sorel Mizzi, Tom Dwan, Frank Kassela, John Juanda, Phil Hellmuth, Jeffrey Lisandro, Mike Matusow and November Niners Michael Mizrachi, John Racener and Joseph Cheong.
At one time Phil Ivey was going strong. He was being tipped for his ninth WSOP bracelet having won his eighth at Las Vegas earlier this year. But this was not to be. Gus Hansen put an end to Ivey’s dream. Ivey however finished in the cash. Ivey has a prop bet with Howard Lederer that he will win nine WSOP bracelets by 2011. He has one event left if he wants to win that bet in 2010 and that is the Main Event of WSOPE. If not next year is always there.
Daniel Negreanu made it to the last eight. Negreanu is one of the most high profile and visible poker players who stands on the basis of reputation with the likes of Phil Hellmuth and Doyle Brunson. However his WSOP bracelets tally, which stands at four, does not do justice to his stature. He had a very good chance of improving that tally but was just knocked out at the time of writing by Andrew Feldman in a marathon battle. Of late Negreanu seems to be losing stature as well with uncalled for bitching on colleagues.
The semi-final line up is as follows: Gus Hansen vs. Andrew Feldman and Jim Collopy vs. Ram Vaswani. This is what WSOP had to say about these four. “We’ve got our crazy Scandie in the form of Hansen, Collopy the online tournament specialist, Feldman representing the nosebleed online cash players, and Hendon Mobster Vaswani – the only one of our semi-finalists already in possession of a bracelet – representing for the old school live players.” The winner will get £288,409 and the even more coveted gold bracelet.