2012 World Series of Poker Europe Day 7: Giovanni Rosadoni Bests Dan O'Brien for Gold

Giovanni Rosadoni

Another event wrapped up on Thursday at the 2012 World Series of Poker Europe as Giovanni Rosadoni found himself in the winner's circle of Event #4: €3,250 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout. On top of that, Day 2 of Event #5: €10,450 Mixed Max — No-Limit Hold'em concluded and Event #6: €1,650 Six-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha kicked off. Check out recaps from all of those events thanks to PokerNews' coverage sponsored by PartyPoker.

Giovanni Rosadoni Wins Event #4: €3,250 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout

After three days of exciting poker action, Giovanni Rosadoni emerged victorious over the 141-player field to take home his first WSOP gold bracelet and €107,614. Rosadoni defeated Dan O'Brien heads up to earn the victory.

Event #4 Final Table Results

1Giovanni Rosadoni€107,614
2Dan O'Brien€66,503
3John Monnette€48,177
4Oleksii Kovalchuk€35,560
5Adrien Allain€26,724
6Paul Guichard€20,434
7Roman Romanovskyi€15,890
8Trond Aanensen€12,564
9John Duthie€10,095
10Valentin Messina€8,239

On Wednesday's Day 2, the 20 first-round winners of Event #4 returned for action. The plan was to play down to a winner. The 20 players who returned were in the money and included Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Matt Stout, Faraz Jaka and Mohsin Charania, among others. Unfortunately for those five players, and a handful of others, they fell short of the final table.

When the field was cut to 10, the field redrew for the official final table. Valentin Messina was the first player eliminated, and was followed out the door by John Duthie. Trond Aanensen, Roman Romanovskyi, Paul Guichard and Adrien Allain fell in eighth, seventh, sixth and fifth place, respectively, before leaving the final four players.

Among the final group were two WSOP bracelet winners, Oleksii Kovalchuk and John Monnette, as well as Dan O'Brien and Giovanni Rosadoni.

Kovalchuk was first to fall in fourth place, taking home €35,560 after his {A-Diamonds}{3-Spades} lost to O'Brien's {A-Hearts}{10-Hearts}. Then, Monnette went out in third place, also at the hands of O'Brien. His {K-Spades}{Q-Hearts} didn't out race O'Brien's {8-Clubs}{8-Spades}. That left O'Brien and Rosadoni heads up, and, when the match began, O'Brien had the lead with 776,000 in chips to Rosadoni's 501,000.

After approximately two hours of heads-up play, the two were forced to halt the match for the night because the casino was closing at 5:00 a.m. At the end of the day, Rosadoni was in front with a stack of 787,000 to O'Brien's 490,000.

At 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, the two returned to continue the duel and to find a winner. Rosadoni seemed to pick up right where he left off. He had O'Brien down low, but then a comeback was in order. After a couple of double-ups, O'Brien snatched the lead back and put his foot on the gas. He ground Rosadoni down once again, but could never finish.

Rosadoni stayed strong and then found a big double with pocket kings when they held against O'Brien's {A-Spades}{J-Spades}. From there, it was all Rosadoni as he closed the door more and more with every hand.

On the final hand, O'Brien was all in preflop with {K-Diamonds}{J-Spades}. Rosadoni seemed to always have it and did again this time with {Q-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}. Despite flopping a pair of jacks and turning a flush draw, O'Brien was eliminated as the board ran out {J-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}. He earned €66,503.

Prior to this result, Rosadoni's largest and only score on record was for €9,000. He has topped that by a lot more after winning this event for €107,614.

Day 2 of Event #5: €10,450 Mixed Max — No-Limit Hold'em Concludes; Welcome to the Brandon Cantu Show

The six-handed portion of the €10,450 Mixed Max — No-Limit Hold'em event came to an end on Friday. The 52 remaining players from a starting field of 96 returned for action and played down to the final 16, which means that winning four heads up matches will secure a World Series of Poker Europe bracelet for one of them. Brandon Cantu emerged as the clear chip leader by holding over 25 percent of the total chips in play.

Cantu ran incredibly hot all day and began his streak during a massive preflop three-way all in where two players were coolered. Cantu held pocket aces and managed to eliminate Ognjen Sekularac who held pocket kings and Andy Frankenberger who held pocket queens. Cantu continued his domination throughout the day, even after Phil Hellmuth was moved next to him. Hellmuth and Cantu went to war throughout the evening and were seemingly constantly bickering as play went on. Hellmuth vowed revenge on Cantu and he will get that chance as the two will play heads up together in Round 1. Hellmuth will have his work cut out for him as he is sporting a stack of 127,400 to Cantu's 738,100

Players were finding the rail at a rapid pace up until the bubble hit. Hand-for-hand play lasted for several hours and everyone was anxiously awaiting the last person to be eliminated. Finally, Mori Eskandani fell by the hands of Marvin Rettenmaier, and each of the 16 remaining players were guaranteed a payday of at least €20,443.

After a random seeding, here is the heads-up bracket:

MatchPlayerChips    MatchPlayerChips
1Paul Tedeschi278,600    5Faraz Jaka258,100
 vs.      vs. 
 Roger Hairabedian225,600     Vladimir Troyanovskiy66,300
2Kristijonas Andrulis142,000    6Konstantin Puchkov183,700
 vs.      vs. 
 Mike Watson50,700     Bertrand Grospellier18,000
3Martin Jacobson164,900    7Jennifer Tilly163,300
 vs.      vs. 
 Joe Keuther37,100     Marvin Rettenmaier191,100
4Brandon Cantu738,100    8Jason Mercier16,800
 vs.      vs. 
 Phil Hellmuth127,400     Jonathan Aguiar212,200

Two rounds will be played on Friday at 1400 CET (0800 EDT) which will result in the emergence of the top four players, who will then return on Saturday to play to a winner.

Benyamine, Negreanu and Lichtenberger Primed to Cash in Event #6: €1,650 Six-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha

Event #6: €1,650 Six-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha attracted 206 players on Thursday, and after eight levels of play, 26 remained with Jacob Dahl leading the way. Like in any pot-limit Omaha tournament, the action was fast paced in the Majestic Barriere poker room. Andrew Lichtenberger got off to a great start, but that can't be said for all players including defending champ Philippe Boucher, Fabrice Soulier and Antonio Esfandiari. The aforementioned players were eliminated in the first level, and many followed suit.

John Monnette took care off Vanessa Selbst in the early levels as he took the chip lead going into the first break. Justin Bonomo trended in the same direction, but later in the day he couldn't get anything going and was eliminated. Monnette on the other hand managed to survive and will return on Friday with 32,300 for his chance of cashing a third event at this year's World Series of Poker Europe.

One of the most entertaining hands of the day took place between four players. The winner and runner-up of the 2005 WSOP Main Event, Joe Hachem and Steve Dannenmann, were both involved, as were Scott Seiver and Micah Smith. The latter took out all three players when he managed to hit a runner-runner full house. Smith survived Day 1 with 38,500.

Toward the end of the day, pots grew bigger, and Daniel Negreanu got caught up in a very serious one. He could not beat John Eames' set, and eventually survived the day with a mediocre 22,200. Eames bagged 43,100. Other notable survivors are David Benyamine (67,700), Ana Marquez (58,200), Lichtenberger (63,900) and Dan Shak (24,800). The remaining 26 players will return on Friday to play through the money bubble to the final table of six.

Event #6 Top 10 Chips Counts

PlacePlayerChip Count
1Jacob Dahl74,200
2David Benyamine67,700
3Aku Joentausta66,400
4Andrew Lichtenberger63,900
5Ana Marquez58,200
6Nikolas Volper52,400
7Antoine Pacaud48,500
8Raul Paez45,500
9Dan Smith45,400
10John Eames43,100

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