Thursday, October 02, 2008


We now have our final table at the WSOPE and what an international line up it is, with two players each from UK, Russia and the US, plus one from Canada, Finland and last, but not least, Sweden.

Not only did Ivan Demidov become the first man in history to make the final table of both WSOP main events, but he also did it in the same year, I will not hold my breath for the next man, or woman, to complete that feat. If that was not enough, he currently lies second and third in each and with countryman Stanislav Alekhin, also with well over 1m in chips, Russia hold two of the top three spots.

Chip leader John Juanda was steamrolling over the field early evening and looked like he might have taken a huge lead into the final day, but all nine players are firmly in contention.

Each is guaranteed a minimum £81,450 and the winner will take home £868,800 and the coveted gold bracelet, not bad for five days work ! Few , if any of the remaining players would have got to bed before the early hours, which will mean a short night's sleep and I think experience of these tournaments and the physical and mental strain that they produce, will be key today.I am hoping that someone will come up with odds this morning, as I have a view on the winner, but there is not too much time as play is scheduled to start at 13.00 UK time.

Chip count:

Seat 1: Robin Keston 849,000
Seat 2: Daniel Negreanu 1,002,000
Seat 3: Chris Elliott 281,000
Seat 4: Bengt Sonnert 385,000
Seat 5: John Juanda 1,349,000
Seat 6: Ivan Demidov 1,006,000
Seat 7: Toni Hiltunen 386,000
Seat 8: Scott Fischman 732,000
Seat 9: Stanislav Alekhin 1,278,000

Back later.

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