With the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Europe now in full swing, and Australian Jackie Glazier already striking gold in the opening event, it was another Australian’s turn as Daniel Laidlaw reached the Event 2: €1,100 No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry final table.
Starting several days ago, two Day 1 flights would see 659 players take to the felt to form a €632,640 prizepool that would be distributed amongst the final 72 players. Day 1a saw just 39 players survive with Niels Herrgodts topping the field that included November Niner Jay Farber and two-time WPT Champion Tuan Le. Day 1b saw a heavy showing of re-entries as Germany’s Kilian Kramer topped the 46 survivors that included Jonathan Karamalikis, Chino Rheem, Scott Clements and Barry Greenstein to name a few.
As the 85 remaining players returned to the felt on the penultimate day of play, they would be just a handful of eliminations from earning a WSOP Europe cash. Both Jeff Madsen and current WSOP Player of the Year Matthew Ashton found early doubles before Farber was eliminated as Aido Sergio and Trevor Bartlett split the 72nd payout as they both bubbled on the same hand. Ashton, Karamalikis and Clements were all quick eliminations before the likes of Dominik Nitsche, Jacob Balsiger and Sam Holden all followed shortly after.
As play started to approach the business end, Madsen, Greenstein, Le and Rheem all fell short of reaching the final two tables and the dinner break as Laidlaw would be the final eighteen chip leader after knocking out Darren Rabinowitz out in 19th when his won a race against the American’s . Day 1b chip leader Kramer fell first followed by several locals – including ex-PokerNews photographer Filipe Pacheco in 14th – before the final table of nine was reached with 888Poker player Henrik Johansson leading as Laidlaw sat third in chips.
|8||Yaniv Jacque Botbol||France||85,000|
Once play resumed on Tuesday lunchtime there would be a series of all-ins to open the final table before Laidlaw doubled short stack Serge Ekert with to the Frenchman’s . Ekert would find another double before Andrei Konopelko became the first casualty when his ran into a dominating as Jean-Philippe Tuffery fell a few hands later in 8th. Spain’s Jose Obadia pushed with and was in great shape to double against until his opponent Johansson made a seven-high straight on the river to further his lead.
Unfortunately for the Australian, his day would come to an end in 6th place after he defending his big blind to see a flop with Laidlaw calling a bet as the landed on the turn. His opponent Adriano Torre-Grossa checked out of the small blind before Laidlaw made a bet with Torre-Grossa calling as the landed on the river with Laidlaw moving all in for just a little over pot. Torre-Grossa deliberated for a while before eventually making the call tabling his to best Laidlaw’s ace-high bluff to see the Australian capture €25,190 for his efforts as Johansson would go on to capture the bracelet and €129,700 first prize.
6th in event 2 for ~€25k, bluffed it off in a good spot overbet jamming river BB v SB. Now playing the €1650 PLO.— Daniel Laidlaw (@Choparno) October 15, 2013
Laidlaw has been slowing amassing results around the world since 2008 that sees him have over $550,000 in tournament winnings and 25 cashes. With results in six different countries, Laidlaw's most notable result came just a few months ago when he too 2nd in ANZPT Queenstown before winning the Sydney Poker Championships just a week later after besting Antonis "Toothpick Tony" Kambouroglou for $165,000. Although a talented online and cash game player, Laidlaw's results in live tournaments certainly speak for themselves, and if he continues his recent success, he will certainly be regarded as one of Australia's best players in years to come.
Daniel Laidlaw’s Major Results
|October, 2011||Adelaide Poker Championships $2,750 6-Max||1st||$27,680|
|January, 2013||Aussie Millions $10,000 Main Event||12th||$95,000|
|April, 2013||WSOP Asia-Pacific $1,100 Accumulator||14th||$13,183|
|June, 2013||APPT Macau HK$13,800 No Limit Hold’em||4th||HK$167,500|
|July, 2013||ANZPT Queenstown NZ$2,700 Main Event||2nd||NZ$59,550|
|August, 2013||Sydney Poker Championships $3,000 Main Event||1st||$146,839|
|October, 2013||WSOP Europe €1,100 Re-Entry||6th||€25,190|
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