James Bord Wins WSOPE 2010 Main EventSeptember 28, 2010 8:10 pm
UK’s James Bord has just won the £10k WSOP Europe 2010 Main Event after overcoming a tough final table and a tense heads-up battle to win a WSOP winners bracelet, and collect the £830,401 ($1.3 million) first place prize.
As the final table got underway this afternoon, it took just 25 hands before the table lost two players simultaneously. First short stacked Marc Inizan pushed-all in with pocket eights, was then re-shoved by Brian Powell also with pocket eights, before the second biggest stack at the table Ronald Lee made the call with A-K.
The J-6-10-K-4 bard qsealed their fate and Inizan finished in 9th (£54k) and Powell finished in 8th (£69k), while Ronald Lee shot up to chip leader with more than 3 million in chips.
Surprisingly, start of the day chip leader and Victory Poker CEO Dan Fleyshman exited next in 7th (£118k) after reeling from a double blow. First he lost a sizeable part of his stack after calling Danny Steinberg’s KK shove holding A-Q, and a little later he shoved all-in pre-flop holding Jd-10d only to be called by Ronald Lee with K-5o who hit a K on the flop.
Roland Lee continued his steamroll of the final table, dispatching Danny Steinberg in 6th (£156,530) then Nicolas Levi in 5th in a hand that saw Lee’s Ks-Qh pitted against Levi’s 9c-9d.
With the board running out 5h-8h-4h-9h-10s, Lee’s flush was enough to send Levi to the rails but £208,119 better off for his deep run in the tournament.
Fabrizio Baldassari then broke with table tradition and knocked Roland de Wolfe out in 4th place (£278,549) who pushed his short stack from the small blind holding Kc-Qs. Baldassari with Ad-9s made the call from the big blind and sealed his win after a 2c-As-8c fell on the flop.
Baldassari then took control of play three-handed and relentlessly put Ronald Lee under constant pressure until the depleted Lee was finally finished off by the UK’s James Bord holding A-K to Lee’s 5-5.
Going into the heads-up phase, Baldassari had 6.2 million chips (103BBs) to Bord’s 4.12 million but Bord soon managed to nick the lead before the decisive final hand was played. Bord and Baldassari found themselves all in with James Bord’s Td-Th badly dominating his opponent’s 5h-5s.
With no help from the board, Baldassari finished the runner-up while the UK’s James Bord became the World Series of Poker Europe Champion 2010 to the roars of the rapturous home crowd. James Bord also collected an impressive £830,401 for his hard earned efforts.