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Erik Cajelais Takes Down WSOPE Event #2

After arriving at an unusually delayed final table as the shortest stack in the £2,500 Pot Limit Hold’em/Omaha event at the 2009 World Series of Poker Europe, Canadian Erik Cajelais completed a virtuoso performance to bag his first gold bracelet.

With five players returning to contest an unscheduled Day 3 of the 158-runner event, Cajelais had his work cut out at a final table that included Men ‘The Master’ Nguyen, Swedish pro Mats Gavatin and English duo Robin Keston and Richard Gryko.

However, after doubling up early on at the expense of Gavatin, the former WPT Poker Classic runner-up swiftly shifted into gear and surged his way to the title and £104,677 first prize after incredibly knocking out all four of his seasoned opponents.

After dispatching Gryko in a round of Hold’em, Cajelais somewhat fortunately hit running straight cards to eliminate ‘The Master’ and made it three-in-a-row soon after when Keston’s deuces fell to his pocket kings. That left only Gavatin standing between him and a maiden World Series bracelet and despite a strong challenge from the Swede, Cajelais heavy chip-lead ultimately proved decisive.

The final hand saw both players get it all-in pre-flop during a round of Omaha, with Gavatin’s 10d-10s-9c-8c marginally in front of Cajelais’ Qh-Jd-9s-7s. The flop, however, was a good one for the Canadian as the first three cards came Ad-Qd-Qc and he duly completed his full house with a Js on the river to make matters official.

Gavatin, meanwhile, picked up £64,705 for his runner-up finish and we can expect both players to be back in action when the £10,000 buy-in Main Event kicks off this Saturday.
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