Dario Alioto Takes Pot Limit Omaha Title at WSOP Europe
The second event at the World Series of Poker Europe is over. Dario Alioto emerged victorious from the fray to win the $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha event. It is Alioto’s first WSOP bracelet, although he did come very close earlier in 2007 when he finished sixth at the $1500 Omaha Hi/Lo event.
Alioto is also the third Italian in WSOP history to win a WSOP bracelet.
The event turned into a grueling marathon, especially on the second day of the event when players strove to survive long enough to make the money.
Day 2 started with 48 players left in the fray, and Alioto was second in chips behind Jon Persson. Alioto spent most of the day near the top, but still had to play consistently good poker throughout the battle. The players dropped in waves, a few here, a few there, until after three hours of play Will Hayden was eliminated as the bubble boy, and everyone who had survived up until that point made the money.
Play continued, but it would be a long day of players dropping out and moving up in the money as the final table would not be set until four hours after everyone had made the money. Jon Persson, who led the tournament at the beginning of the day, was eliminated in 10th place, the final table bubble boy. His stack was shortened until he only had a lone, solitary chip left. Jon Persson was granted a temporary reprieve when he quadrupled up thanks to four aces, but the reprieve did not last as Persson was eliminated on the very next hand.
Dario Alioto began the final table in third place, but he played in a dominating fashion, eliminating 7 of his 8 opponents at the table, beginning with the short stack almost as soon as final table play had commenced. Alioto wore his opponents down, including Sherkhan Farnood, who held the chip lead to start off the final table. Alioto was nearly unstoppable as he rolled over everyone who opposed him. There was a long three-way battle, but it ended with Alioto eliminating Tony G in third place.
The heads-up battle was between Dario Alioto and Istvan Novak.Heads-Up play was destined to not last long, as Alioto held 87.5% of the chips in play, a 7-1 chip lead. Novak fell after six hands, and Dario Alioto won his first WSOP bracelet and £234,390.