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The 2015 World Series of Poker Europe continues and this week we saw five bracelets awarded, including one to Hendon Mob original Barney Boatman. Also, Greece now has two bracelet winners during this WSOP-E, their first two in history.

Finally, the Player of the Year race is getting interesting after a pair of deep runs by Shaun Deeb and Brian Hastings. Both are now within striking distance and the POY title is now a three-man horse race.

Barny Boatman Wins Second Career Bracelet in €550 PLO

Event #7, the €550 PLO, made history this week as the lowest buy-in Omaha tournament in WSOP history. The event drew a solid field of 503 players but few were bigger than the events eventual winner, Barny Boatman.

Boatman is known for being one of the original Hendon Mob, and while he has enjoyed success dating back to the late 1990’s, it has been in the last three years that he has finally broken through for WSOP gold.

His first bracelet came in 2013 when he took down Event #49, $1,500 NL Hold’em. That bracelet was a long time coming for one of the greatest players that had never won a bracelet.

It only took him two years to earn his second bracelet and it seems fitting that it came during this event. It wasn’t a cakewalk for the Hendon Mobber as the final table included Doug Lee, Shannon Shorr and Jose Obadia. Heads-up against Gregorz Grochulski, he started at a 2:1 chip disadvantage but battled his way back to take the lead and ultimately the title.

This win was also a bit of revenge for Boatman, he was chip leader in the Eight Handed PLO Event last week but took some coolers to finish 9th. He said that he wasn’t going to squander this second chance to make the final and he made the most of it with his second bracelet victory. In addition to the bracelet, Boatman earned $54,725 in prize money.

Brian Hastings Now Second in POY Chase – Shaun Deeb Third

Shaun Deeb and Brian Hastings have put themselves in contention for the 2015 WSOP Player of the Year title after a pair of deep runs during the WSOP Europe. As we reported last week, Deeb finished 20th in Event #2, the Oktoberfest, and picked up 73.12 POY points. This past week, Deeb finished 5th in Event #5, the Mixed Event, to earn another 179.30 POY points. He now sits in third with 2056.40 points, just 195.41 behind Mike Gorodinsky. A deep run in the Main Event or a deep final table run in the High Roller may be enough to put him over the top for the title.

Brian Hastings jumped to second in the POY race after finishing seventh in Event #8, Turbo NL Hold’em. He now sits with 2122.53 POY points, just 129.28 behind Gorodinsky. Like Deep, a deep run in the Main or a final table at the High Roller could earn him the POY title.

Hefter and Xanthopoulos Among Other Winners

Five bracelets total were awarded this past week, including the second ever to Greece. In Event #3, the Eight Handed PLO, the UK’s Richard Gryko defeated bracelet winner Mike Leah to take the bracelet and €126,345.

Ryan Hefter became America’s only bracelet winner thus far at the WSOP-E after winning the Monster Stack NL Event. He defeated Gilbert Diaz heads-up for the title.

Alex Komaromi survived a stacked final table to win Event #5, the 8-Game Mixed Event. The final included Per Hildebrand, Shaun Deeb, Jonathan Duhamel and Noah Bornstein. Komaromi defeated two-time bracelet winner Scott Clements heads-up for the title.

Pavlos Xanthopoulos became just the second player ever from Greece to win a WSOP bracelet. He defeated Mario Lopez heads-up in the €3,650 NL Hold’em Event to win the title. Ironically, both of Greece’s bracelet winners came from this year’s WSOP-E. Makarios Avramidis won Event #1, the Six-Handed NL, for Greece’s first title.

Only Three Events Remain

The WSOP Europe is coming to a close and their two premier events are still on tap. First, the Turbo NL with Re-Entry is in its final stages. Should Brian Hasting make the final table or event win, he would put himself in great position to overtake Gorodinsky during the final two events.

The WSOP-E Main Event is already underway and should feature an elite field. This is one of the last chances for players to earn vital Player of the Year points and a deep run by Deeb, Zinno or Hastings could lead to them stealing the title at the last minute.

Finally, the €25,600 High Roller kicks off on Wednesday and should boast a superstar field. The last WSOP-E High Roller drew 60 players with Daniel Negreanu ultimately winning the bracelet. Officials hope to shatter that record.

Both the Main Event and High Roller events are televised, so expect many of the game’s top pros to play in both events. There’s still plenty of action and drama left in this year’s WSOP Europe. Can Gorodinsky hold onto his POY title or will Deeb, Hastings or Zinno manage a last-minute miracle?

James Guill

James Guill began his poker career in 2006, spending two years traveling the US tournament circuit. Since 2008, he has covered the game extensively for some of the biggest names in the industry. When not writing about the latest poker news, he can be found hunting for antique treasures in Central Virginia.

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