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2008 WSOP Europe: £10,000 No-Limit Hold'em

WSOP, 2008-10-03, by Ozone

The 2008 WSOP Europe Main Event drew the exact same number of players as its inaugural running last year, 362. After the field was reduced to nine, it took a whopping 22 hours of play before a champion was crowned. Poker pro John Juanda, who has been fairly quiet in the past two years, sent a message to the poker world that he is still a force to be reckoned with. The £868,800 first-place prize was the largest of Juanda's storied career.

Stanislav Alekhin battled Juanda heads-up for nearly eight hours. Although he fell short, he received a nice consolation prize of £533,950. Russia's Ivan Demidov finished third for £334,850. A win from Demidov would have made November's WSOP Main Event final table much more dramatic; he enters that event second in chips with the chance to become the first Russian World Champion.

Bengt Sonnert showed up to the final table with a short stack, but battled for a strong fourth place finish (£271,500). Daniel Negreanu was among the chip leaders for the majority of the tournament, but his dream of European glory was erased in fifth place (£217,200). Scott Fischman notched the second largest cash of his career with a sixth place finish good for £171,950.

Other notable players in the money were:

Johnny Lodden (11th - £54,300)
Soren Kongsgaard (12th - £54,300)
Brian "sbrugby" Townsend (15th - £45,250)
Mike Matusow (18th - £36,200)
Erik Seidel (19th - £28,960)
Andy Bloch (23rd - £28,960)

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