Daniel Laidlaw finishes 6th at the WSOP Europe Event 2


Another fine performance from Australian players at the World Series of Poker has seen Daniel Laidlaw finish 6th in the EU1,100 NLHO re-entry Event. The event attracted a huge 659 entrants as Laidlaw was looking to give Australia back-to-back WSOP Europe Bracelet winners, following on from Jackie Glazier’s ladies event win.


Entering into the final day of play, Laidlaw found himself in a well-placed spot to mount a real challenge for the title, sitting third out of nine final table players. His strong position, however, did not yield what Laidlaw would have liked as he found himself in a tricky spot against a couple of short stacks and the talented Daniel Weinman.


With six players remaining Laidlaw saw his opportunity to make a move. Laidlaw found himself up against Adriano Torre – Grossa, with the two battling with the blinds until the Aussie bet 45,000 which Torre – Grossa called. The board at this stage ran 6-2-9-J-K with Torre – Grossa checking quickly followed by an all-in move by Laidlaw. After some long deliberation Torre – Grossa called turning over K-Q for a top pair as Laidlaw showed A-7, his bluff almost coming off for a big win.


Laidlaw bowed out with EU25, 190 for his 6th place finish and will no doubt continue throughout the week to find that elusive WSOP Europe Bracelet.


Henrik Johansson continued his early event dominance to eventually win it all and pocket EU129, 700 for his 3-day effort.


EU1, 100 NLHO Re-Entry – Final Table Results

1-      Henrik Johansson – EU129,700

2-      Adriano Torre – Grossa – EU80,250

3-      Yaniv Botbol – EU58,860

4-      Daniel Weinman – EU43,772

5-      Serge Ekert  – EU32,992

6-      Daniel Laidlaw – EU25,190

7-      Jose Obadia – EU19,498

8-      Jean – Philippe Tuffery – EU15,285

9-      Andrei Konopelko – EU12,134

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Czardy Earldale Rivera wins 2013 APT Asian Series Manila Main Event


The 2013 Asian Poker Tour (APT) Asian Series Manila Main Event came to a close this weekend as Czardy Earldale Rivera took home the tile and PHP4,270,000 first place prize. A massive 389 players sat down for the event over two Day1 flights, a Day2 and final table. Australia’s Craig Sloan finished on-top during Day1 a with 69 players surviving the day. Day 1b saw Jihad Bejjani leading the way as a further 86 survived through to Day 2.


Day 2 saw 155 starters whittled down to 45 as the likes of Jerry Lai Chee Hoong, Victorino Torres, Lester Edoc, Czardy Earldale Rivera and Craig Sloan would all finish as the chip leaders and make it to the final table. Haresh Kukreja, Franklin Acfalle Jr and Arnold Bathan would make up the remaining final table seats.


The final table began quick and aggressively with it not taking long until players started to hit the rail. Arnold Bathan (8th), Jerry Lai Chee Hoong (7th) would be the first players to fall collecting PHP364,000 and PHP573,000 respectively. Craig Sloan would finished up in 6th, PHP729,000 followed not long after by Franklin Acfalle Jr in 5th , PHP920,000.


Haresh Kukreja and Victorina Torres would hit the rail in 4th, PHP1,146,000 and 3rd, PHP1,632,000 respectively leaving Lester Edoc and Czardy Earldale Rivera to battle it out for the title.


It wouldn’t take long before play reached the final hand as Edoc moved all in with A-10 quickly called by Rivera, who tabled K-3 (both diamonds). The flop ran 4-8-Q (all diamonds), giving Rivera a flush which Edoc would only be able to beat with a nut-flush draw. The turn would be an A (hearts) and A on the river (Spades) to complete the board and end Edoc’s chances. Rivera would walk away with the title and PHP4,270,000 in prize money while Edoc would take home PHP2,430,000 for his second place finish.


2013 APT Asian Series Manila – Final Table Results

1-      Czardy Earldale Rivera PHP4,270,000

2-      Lester Edoc – PHP2,430,000

3-      Victorino Torres – PHP1,632,000

4-      Haresh Kukreja – PHP1,146,000

5-      Franklin Acfalle Jr – PHP920,000

6-      Craig Sloan – PHP729,000

7-      Jerry Lai Chee Hoong – PHP573,000

8-      Arnold Bathan – PHP364,000


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Aussie Martin Kozlov finishes 5th in Event 4 at the WSOP Europe



Yet another Australian has come up short at the WSOP Europe this week as Aussie Martin Kozlov had to settle for 5th place in event 4 EU1,650 Pot-Limit Omaha. It is another impressive deep run by the Australian, who also finished on the final table at the European Poker Tour Main Event London last week.


Up against the likes of two-time WSOP Bracelet winner Jason Mercier, Juha Helppi and the eventual winner Jeremy Ausmus, Kozlov faced a daunting challenge to take home the title. The talented Aussie would eventually be eliminated by Germany’s Jan Jachtmann, collecting EU17, 210 for his efforts.

Kozlov’s 5th place would make it three consecutive final table appearances by an Australian at the World Series of Poker Europe to-date following Jackie Glazier’s ladies win and Daniel Laidlaw’s 6TH place finish in event 2.


Event 4 – EU1,650 Pot-Limit Omaha – Final Table Results

1-      Jeremy Ausmus – EU70,324

2-      Juha Helppi – EU43,441

3-      Jan – Peter Jachtmann – EU31,367

4-      Jason Mercier – EU23,036

5-      Martin Kozlov – EU17,210

6-      Michael Schwartz – EU13,077


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