2012 WSOPE: O’Brien Just Misses Bracelet; Aguiar, Cantu Battle; Main Event Starts

The Grinder finds himself in a familiar WSOP position: at the top of the leaderboard.

It’s been a solid few days at the 2012 World Series of Poker Europe. Here’s a catch-up on the action:

:: Event #4 (€3,250 NL Hold’em Shootout) – This shoot-out event drew 141 players. A lot of big names went deep, including Faraz Jaka (17th – €5,428), Daniel Negreanu (16th – €5,428), and Phil Hellmuth (12th – €5,428). The final table featured two players running really hot now–John Monnette and Dan O’Brien. Monnette ended up third (€48,177) and O’Brien came in second (€66,503). The event was taken down by Frenchman Giovanni Rosadoni who banks €107,614 and his first bracelet. Get full results here.

:: Event #5 (€10,450 Mixed Match) – After whittling down from 96 players, this one is down to heads-up, with Brandon Cantu and Jon Aguiar battling it out. When play kicks up again, Cantu will hold a slight chip lead over Aguiar (1,520,000 vs 1,361,000). The winner will bank €258,047. Some notable finishers include Faraz Jaka (€86,087), Marvin Rettenmaier ( €42,094), and Jennifer Tilly (11th – €20,443). Get full results here.

:: Event #7 (€10,450 NLH) – A total of 215 entered Day 1A, with 115 surviving. Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi leads all, stacked at 234,850. Some other notable bigs include Dan Shak (100,875), Scott Seiver (78,000), Phil Ivey (55,000), and Jean-Robert Bellande (40,000). Get full chip counts here.


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