WSOPE Main Event Won by Barry Shulman

The final table of the 2009 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event was filled with November Niners and bracelet winners so everyone knew the action was going to be fantastic. It would an interesting final table as Jason Mercier looked to be the one taking home the bracelet as he had  large chip lead but it was not to be. After many hours of play the eventual winner would be Barry Shulman after he took down Daniel Negreanu in heads up play.

After four hours of final table play, all nine players were still seated at the table so it looked as though the event was going to be a long one. The chip stacks were constantly changing and eventually James Akenhead would become the first player eliminated from the competition. Akenhead ran his ace-queen against Negreanu’s pocket kings and no help from deck saw Akenhead eliminated.

Akenhead’s departure stirred up the other players and within one hour three more players were eliminated from the competition. In eighth place would be Matt Hawrilenko, seventh would go to Antoine Saout and Chris Bjorin would be eliminated in sixth.

Negreanu eliminated Saout and Bjorin and then Markus Ristola in fifth place. This of course gave Negreanu a great deal of chips. Then after the break Jason Mercier would be eliminated in fourth place by, you guessed it, Negreanu. Praz Bansi would go down in third thanks to Barry Shulman and that would leave Negreanu and Shulman to compete in heads up play.

By this time everyone was assuming that Negreanu would take the win as he had gained the chip lead and had been dominating the competition at the final table. But that was not the case. Negreanu would lose a good deal of chips to Shulman when he went up with pocket aces. After another try Negreanu lost more chips to Shulman and the final hand played out like this.

At four in the morning Negreanu was all in with pocket fours against Shulman who had pocket tens. Shulman got a ten on the flop and it was all over with Shulman earning his second bracelet.

Final Results:
1: Barry Shulman — £801,603
2: Daniel Negreanu — £495,589
3: Praz Bansi — £360,887
4: Jason Mercier — £267,267 

5: Markus Ristola — £200,367
6: Chris Bjorin — £150,267
7: Antoine Saout — £114,228
8: Matt Hawrilenko — £87,074
9: James Akenhead — £66,533

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