Tuesday, July 17, 2007


We are now down to 9 players and full details of chip counts and seat positions, can be found below. They are battling for a first prize of $8.25m , with everyone guaranteed at least $526k.

My choice remains Lee Watkinson, who is far and away the most experienced big time, live tournament player remaining. He has an excellent final table record in major events, in the last 3 years he is 4-2-2-2-3-1 in his 6 finals. His win and bracelet coming in the $10k PLO event at last years WSOP, that will stand him in good stead today. We can be sure that some of the other players would not have wanted the rest day, which probably meant two sleepless nights/days, instead of one.

Of the others ....

Kalmar is a Brit (hooray) and got into the tournament via the very last satellite, he was in dire form before that, which just proves that it is best to get all your luck in one go !

Hilm the chip leader is Danish, but lives in the UK and is a full time online pro.

Rahme is a South African and, at 62 , is the oldest player at the table, he will no doubt have welcomed the rest day.

Kravchenko already has a bracelet, the first Russian to ever win one and five cashes at this years WSOP. He is the shortstack, but things can change very quickly, no doubt he will be looking to get busy early, with it costing 500k + to play a round. A little luck early and he could go a long way.

Khan at 22 yo is the youngest player left, a "sit and go" specialist on Pokerstars, where he has played almost 20,000 of those short handed tournaments. Including 43 at one time ! Try to play 4 and see how easy it is. He is very much the table clown and seems to be enjoying the limelight, however, you get the impression that he is as much interested in raising his profile and getting his "15 minutes", as winning the thing !

Lam is the most most experienced of the three remaining players, this is the third WSOP, for the Canadian based Vietnamese poker pro, who has enjoyed very limited tournament success previously.

Very little is known of the other two, who are really "living the dream".

1.25 points each way 1/5 odds 123 Watkinson 9.0 Stan James/ Ladbrokes.

Good luck.

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