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2013 WSOP Europe - Event 3
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Darko Stojanovic pulls off Upset to win 2013 WSOPE Event #3
The 2013 WSOPE Event #3 €5,300 Mixed Max tournament featured deep runs by well-known poker pros like Mark Newhouse (12th, €14,905), James "Flushy" Dempsey (11th, €14,905), Phil Ivey (10th, €14,905), Shannon Shorr (5th, €30,695), Noah Schwartz (4th, €62,770) and Dan O'Brien (2nd, €116,280).

So few people would've expected a lightly regarded, semi-professional player to emerge victorious in this event. However, that's exactly what happened as Darko Stojanovic rose up to claim WSOP glory and a €188,160 ($254,329) top payout. That said, let's take a look at how Stojanovic navigated through this difficult tournament and on towards victory.

A Tough Field

The €5,300 Mixed Max tourney was filled with plenty of elite pros in search of a gold bracelet and big money. And as mentioned in the introduction, many of these grinders made a strong effort at winning Event #3 and the €188k first-place prize.

Dan O'Brien was one of these players, and he was able to build a massive chip stack throughout the course of play. O'Brien's been grinding in tournaments since 2006 and has experienced some great results throughout his career. But despite $2,353,423 in winnings, one thing that has always escaped him is a WSOP gold bracelet.

This tourney seemed like as good as any to finally win since he had the largest chip stack going into a semi-final showdown with a short-stacked Jason Mann. Despite his lack of chips, Mann would make this a battle, though, as he stretched this matchup out to over an hour. However, O'Brien was finally able to dust off his opponent and move into the finals.

On the other side of the bracket was Stojanovic and Noah Schwartz. These two played just one hand before Schwartz was knocked out of the event, setting up a heads-up match between Stojanovic and O'Brien.

Going to Disneyland

When O'Brien and Stojanovic started playing, most people would've put their money on O'Brien. After all, the American held a 3:1 chip advantage and is a more experienced player. Nevertheless, Stojanovic was undeterred and played very aggressively against his final opponent.

Over the next 53 hands, the Frenchman would whittle down O'Brien's chip stack and put him in some difficult situations. On the final hand, Stojanovic (7-7) and O'Brien (Ah-5h) both got all-in on a flop of Qh-6h-4c. The latter was hoping for an ace, heart (flush), or 3 and 7 (straight) to fall on the board. But when a Js and 8d were dealt instead, O'Brien's runner-up fate was sealed.

Following the victory, poker fans got to know a little more about the man who won France's first bracelet of the 2013 WSOPE. Darko Stojanovic is a father of two who spends most of his weekends playing poker. And while he's pleased with winning €188,160, he has no plans to become any more than a semi-pro in the near future. However, Stojanovic does have one big thing on his mind following the Event #3 €5,300 Mixed Max Final tourney - he wants to go to Disneyland!

Stojanovic said that he's going to take his children to Disneyland Paris with some of his new-found riches. He'll also continue playing in poker tournaments when he has time and try to add to his $361,193 in career winnings.

2013 WSOPE Event #3 €5,300 Mixed Max Final Four

1st - Darko Stojanovic - €188,160
2nd  - Dan O’Brien - €116,280
3rd - Jason Mann - €62,770
4th -  Noah Schwartz - €62,770

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