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  • Andrew Hinrichsen Takes Down WSOPE Event #2

    Thursday, October 13th, 2011 by Ryan

Event #2 of the World Series of Poker Europe kicked off with a bang, as it drew in the largest turnout in the history of the WSOPE. A total of 771 players entered into the event, and dominated the old record of 608 players from 2009’s first event. The event was a €1,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament, with a payout of an impressive €148,030 to the first place winner. The tournament put together a total prize pool of €740,160, and one man stood above the field and was able to outlast 770 players and take down the gold bracelet.

Andrew Hinrichsen became the sixth Australian in history to win a gold bracelet, and while he hasn’t had an incredible amount of live tournament success; he has done well in some events, and also had some small wins in big events. This year specifically has been a good one for Hinrichsen, who finished second in the Australia-New Zealand Poker Tour in Melbourne, sixth in an event at the Aussie Millions, and actually was also able to pull out a big time cash in one of the biggest tournaments in the world, the World Series of Poker Main Event. At the Main Event, Hinrichsen finished in 23rd out of the massive field, and took home a huge score of $302,005. Throughout all of his career now, including this WSOPE win, he’s just passed the $750k mark in total live tournament wins.

The final table of this No Limit Hold’em event was actually very interesting, and saw quite a bit of fluctuation in Hinrichsen’s chip stack. He started off the final table sitting solid and in second in chips with 434k. Things were up and down, as he was able to make it up over 800k in chips, but when he finally made it down to heads up play against Gianluca Speranza, he was actually a massive underdog as Speranza had a 3 to 1 chip lead of 1,794,000 to 541,000 chips. This chip lead for Speranza didn’t last long though, as Hinrichsen took over within about fifteen minutes of play. He was all in pre-flop as he had 10-8 suited, and Speranza flipped over pocket fives. The flop came out with a ten, giving Hinrichsen the lead, and he was able to dodge a flush from Speranza for a huge double up. This gave Hinrichsen the chip lead and he never looked back. Play ended with both players having top pair, but the Ace kicker for Hinrichsen being the difference, and giving him a gold bracelet.

Hinrichsen won the grand prize of €148,030, while Speranza still got a nice pay day of €91,262; each other player at the final table made over €13,000 for their impressive runs. The WSOPE continued earlier today with Event #3, and the action will continue on all month. Be sure to keep your eye on the action, as this World Series of Poker Europe seems to have the potential to be one of the most popular and largest in recent history, and we could be looking at a few more potential broken attendance records.

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