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James Bord Wins WSOPE Main Event

Posted at 19:37 2010-09-29

James Bord has become the first British champion of the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event. The 29-year old played the perfect final table strategy to emerge from the middle of the pack to take the title at the Empire Casino in London overnight. The WSOPE Main Event title continues a great debut year on the circuit for the full-time poker pro, who makes his money in high stakes cash games. Earlier in the year Bord final tabled the Deuce-to-Seven Lowball Championship Event at the World Series of Poker, but came up short of the bracelet in sixth place. He now has US$1,316,550 reasons to smile after taking down the title with a dashing display of short-handed finishing.

Earlier in the day the eliminations came early and often with Marc Inizan and Brian Powell hitting the exit on the same hand, with the same hand. Both players put it all in with pocket eights and found Ronald Lee calling with {ac}{kh} and having both of them covered. Lee paired his king to end their hopes.

Next to depart was Victory Poker CEO Dan Fleyshman who was one of the pre-final table favourites to take the title. Fleyshman went out on the back of a series of weird hands. He lost the vast majority of his stack in an interesting spot, choosing to play a monster preflop pot against Danny Steinberg. Fleyshman found his {Ac}{Qh} well behind Steinberg’s pocket kings. The kings held leaving Fleyshman well behind the eight ball. He then dropped down to five big blinds after getting caught on a bluff against Nicolas Levi. Fleyshman had made a sizeable bluff bet on the river and Levi went into the tank pondering the call. Fiddling with his chips Levi took a stack and pretended to make a calling motion. Tournament director Jack Effel enforced the forward motion rule declaring that Levi had indeed called. It turned out to be a fortunate twist of fate for Levi who found his {Ax}{tx} ahead of Fleyshman’s hand which was promptly mucked.

Ronald Lee would get the last of Fleyshman’s chips in seventh and sauntered to the chip lead ending the tournament of Danny Steinberg and Nicolas Levi in sixth and fifth place respectively in standard coin flip hands, meaning he had eliminated every player at the final table to that point.

To that point the two remaining British players Bord and high-profile star Roland de Wolfe had stayed relatively quiet. That would end with De Wolfe’s elimination in fourth place at the hands of Fabrizio Baldarassi. It was the Italian’s {Ad}{8s} with the lead in the all-in confrontation with de Wolfe’s {kc}{Qs} preflop, and it stayed that way with an ace-high flop. That was the cue for Bord to make his move and he boldly took his share of Ronald Lee’s chip lead in the process.

Lee’s capitulation was as dramatic as his rise up the counts. After doubling up both Baldarassi and Bord, he gave the remainder of his stack to the underdog Brit holding fives against Bord’s {Ac}{kh}. Bord came into heads up the shorter of the two combatants but quickly doubled up with {Ad}{kc} against Baldarassi’s {Qs}{8s} and made short work of the contest when all the money went in with his {Tc}{td} holding against {5s}{5h}.

Attention on the circuit now turns to the EPT London and UKPT Tour Championship which begins later tonight AEST.

The final table payouts for the WSOP Europe Main Event:

1st: James Bord - £830,401
2nd: Fabrizio Baldassari - £513,049
3rd: Ronald Lee - £376,829
4th: Roland de Wolfe - £278,945
5th: Nicolas Levi - £208,119
6th: Danny Steinberg - £156,530
7th: Dan Fleyshman - £118,643
8th: Brian Powell - £90,617
9th: Marc Inizan - £69,754

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