Andrew Hinrichsen Wins WSOPE Event #2October 12, 2011 7:31 am
Andrew Hinrichsen has just won WSOPE Event #2, after overcoming a record field of 771 players over four days to win an iconic gold bracelet, and collect the €148,030 ($212,351) first place prize.
The Australian poker pro cashed in at his first live tournament in 2009, but 2011 has really seen his bankroll sky rocket. In addition to his latest victory in Cannes, the 23-year-old also finished 23rd at this year’s WSOP Main Event in Vegas for $302,005, taking his career earnings to $761,270.
Commenting on his golden year, Andrew Hinrichsen said:
“It’s a significant achievement, for sure…This year has been really amazing. I had a bit of an up and down year last year. I spent some time away from poker. But this year has been really good for me and I have done really well.”
As the final table of the €1,090 NL event got underway, Hinrichsen was second in chips, but way behind table leader Gianluca Speranza from Italy. Speranza then proceeded to use his big stack to good effect, first eliminating Gregory Lejolivet in 9th (€13,982) and later Eric Baudry (USA) in 6th (€28,977), whose pocket fives lost to the Italian’s A-K.
Next to leave was the biggest name at the table Welshman Roberto Romanello, who was seeking a WSOPE bracelet to go with his EPT and WPT titles already won this year. However, things didn’t go all that well for Romanello who soon found himself all-in holding A-2 to Bernard Guigon’s A-K. Romanello was then eliminated in 5th place for €37,874.
Guigon himself was next to fall in 4th (€50,146) and after Tarcisio Bruno hit the rail in 3rd (€67,281), Andrew Hinrichsen and start of the day chip leader Gianluca Speranza went heads-up for the championship.
However, the 26 year old Italian ran badly losing two all-ins first with A-10 v 10h-9h, and later with pocket fives v 10h-8h and he was eliminated soon after in 2nd spot for €91,262.
Meanwhile, Andrew Hinrichsen was crowned the champion and reflecting back on the first two days of the four day event, said:
“I got a bigger stack early, so I was never really in jeopardy, until the second day. On Day Two, the key hand for me was when I got into a big hand against Vanessa Selbst. I four-bet called with ace-ten. It was for like 40 big blinds. She had ace-eight, so I was fortunate to run into the bottom end of her range…my read was right on the hand but I was also a bit lucky since she could have had a better hand than me at that point.”