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Poker News | World Series of Poker | WSOPE

The WSOP Europe Main Event Championship Final Table is Set

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The World Series of Poker Europe Main Event Championship event began on September 26th with 156 players.  The event has reached the final table of nine. Final table play starts at noon on Thursday and play resumes with 10,000-20,000 blinds and a 3,000 ante.  There are 55:06 minutes remaining in Level 22.

Many poker superstars competed in the Championship Event and the final table is still filled with big names and WSOP bracelet winners.  The final nine are:

Seat 1:  Barry Shulman, Las Vegas NV, holds a gold bracelet in the 7 Card Stud 8 or Better Championship in 2001.  Barry’s son, Jeff Shulman, is one of the November Nine 2009 players which already make this a historical event that both are at the final table of two WSOP events.  Shulman is the CEO of Card Player magazine.  Allyn, Barry’s wife, is in the crowd cheering for Barry, and also played this event.  Shulman’s chip count is 1,090,000

Seat 2:  Jason Mercier, Fort Lauderdale FL, won the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Championship this year in Las Vegas and won the 2008 European Poker Tour Championship in San Remo, Italy.  Mercier also won the ONE MILLION POUND showdown in London last year.  Dominating play in this WSOPE event, he arrives at the final table as the chip leader with a 3,198,000 chip count.
Seat 3: Praz Bansi, London, England, won a gold bracelet in the $1,000 Limit Holdem Championship in 2006.  Bansi has also final tabled six major poker tournaments in 2009 alone, winning one of the Five-Star World Poker Classic events in the spring.  He carries confidence and experience with him as he begins tomorrow with an average chip stack of 1, 160,000.

Seat 4:  Markus Ristola of Helsinki, Finland, is a 22 year old student and part-time poker pro that has only been playing poker for a few years and has cashed in several major events—most recently winning the Helsinki Poker Freezeout.  Guaranteed the biggest tournament payout of his career to date, he starts the final table with 784,000 in chips.
Seat 5:  Chris Bjorin of London, England, won WSOP events in 2000 and 2001.  With this cash Bjorin has 51 cashes in WSOP events, and is in eighth place on the all-time list.  He also has more than $4,000,000 in career tournament winnings to date and will be looking to move up as play begins tomorrow.  His chip stack stands at 518,000.
Seat 6:  James Akenhead, London, England, is a 26 year old poker pro—a November Nine player that will be at the final table in Las Vegas competing for the 2009 world championship.  2008 found Akenhead taking 2nd place in WSOP Event #2 and he has an opportunity to make incredible poker news having a final table opportunity here and in the WSOP November Nine; add the fact that he is starting the day second in chips so get ready for an event.
Seat 7:  Always a favorite, Daniel Negreanu, Las Vegas, Nevada, is a four time WSOP gold bracelet winner. In 1998, when he won his first WSOP title, he was the youngest player in WSOP history to win a gold bracelet. He won his other WSOP titles in 2002, 2003, and 2008.  Negreanu won the WSOP Player of the Year in 2004.  With over $11,000,000 in tournament wins worldwide, he is third on the career all time money list.  He starts the day with the shortest chip stack at 438,000.
Seat 8:  Antoine Saout, Saint Martin Des Champs, France, is also a November Nine player in Las Vegas next month.  He won his seat to the WSOP Main Event through an online poker satellite that cost $50.  He also has the opportunity to write poker history with two final tables and the opportunity to win both—here at the WSOPE and the WSOP Main Event.  He steps into the action today with a chip count of 701,000 and with these major accomplishments at age 25, the universe is the limit.
Seat 9:  Matt Hawrilenko, Boston, Massachusetts, came into the final 36 players as the chip leader.  He is 27 years old and concentrating on poker full time.  He won Event #56 at the 2009 WSOP, taking home a gold bracelet and the third highest purse for the WSOP 2009 events.  He’s a heads-up specialist and is widely acknowledged as one of the game’s best.  Hawrilenko plays mostly high stakes cash games but has also made four final tables this year at the WSOP.  His starting stack is 674,000.

Liz Lieu
, dear to our hearts here at PokerWorks, went out in 22nd place; a great showing from a beautiful lady.  Everyone’s poker icon, Doyle Brunson, made it to 17th place.  *The World Applauds* Everyone thinks Doyle Brunson when they hear the word poker.

The action starts again tomorrow.  Come back to PokerWorks for more results!

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