The World Series of Poker Europe’s second event was a massive hit to say the least. An incredible 771 players bought in to the €1,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em event; which made it the largest number of entrants to an WSOPE event in history, surpassing the old record of 608 by more than 150 players. The winner of the event got a nice pay day too, and took home €148,030 for winning it all. All in all, the event drew a total prize pool of €740,160.
That beautiful first place prize was taken down by a player who may not be incredibly well known in the live poker circuit; but he has brought in some nice results in this past year. Andrew Hinrichsen played in the World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas this year, and while he wasn’t able to win a gold bracelet then, he still finished in 23rd place and won $302,005 for his strong run. It only took a few months after that for him to win that gold bracelet though, as he is now the winner of the second event at the WSOPE. His recent cashes don’t stop there though, as he also finished sixth in a preliminary event at the Aussie Millions, and finished second in the Australia-New Zealand Poker Tour as well. All of this puts him at a total of just over $750k in live poker tournament winnings in his career.
When Hinrichsen made it to the final table he was sitting in second place with 434k in chips, and even got that total up to 800k in chips. He couldn’t hold his big chip stack though, as he actually entered heads up play as a three to one underdog in terms of his stack. He rallied back though, and it only took about fifteen minutes for him to get it all in against his opponent, Gianluca Speranza. This of course ended up with a nice double up to give him the chip lead, and the rest was history from there.
Speranza got a nice pay out for his second place finish as well, taking home €91,262. The World Series of Poker Europe continued on with event #3 on Wednesday, and will continue to host events through the rest of the month.