Thursday, October 01, 2009

WSOP-E Main Event Final Table: Mercier, Negreanu, Happy's Dad, and 2 November Niners

By Pauly
Los Angeles, CA

Two November Niners and the father of another. Are you shitting me?

Nope. They are down to the final table of nine players in the £10,000 buy-in WSOP-E Main Event at the Empire Casino in London. Among them? Daniel Negreanu and two 2009 bracelet winners.

First place pays roughly $1.2 million USD or £801,60 in local currency.
WSOP-E Main Event Final Table:
Seat 1: Barry "Father of Happy" Shulman (Las Vegas, NV) - 1.09M
Seat 2: Jason Mercier (Fort Lauderdale, FL) - 3.198M
Seat 3: Praz Bansi (London, UK) - 1.16M
Seat 4: Markus Ristola (Helsinki, Finland) - 784K
Seat 5: Chris Bjorin (London, UK) - 518K
Seat 6: James Akenhead (London, UK) - 1.398M
Seat 7: Daniel Negreanu (Las Vegas, NV) - 438K
Seat 8: Antoine Saout (Saint Martin des Champs, France) - 701K
Seat 9: Matt Hawrilenko (Boston, MA) - 674K

1st - £801,603
2nd - £495,589
3rd - £360,887
4th - £267,267
5th - £200,367
6th - £150,267
7th - £114,228
8th - £87,074
9th - £66,533
Negreanu made the final table last year, but Danny Boy needs a ton of help with the shortest stack at the table. 2009 bracelet winner Matt Hawrilenko also finds himself short-stacked.

Chipleader Jason Mercier already won a bracelet this year. He knows how to finish off a tournament strong. In 2008, he won EPT San Remo and the EPT London High Roller event at the Vic. He couldn't defend his High Roller championship (the event kicked the other day) because of his deep run in the WSOP-E Main Event.

Jason Mercier - Chipleader
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Mercier is the obvious favorite with the big stack, but watch out for local favorites Praz Bansi and James Ankenhead. Both members of "The Hit Squad" have home field advantage. Never under estimate the railbird power of a room full of binge-drinking Brits.

The final table kicks off at noon on Thursday. Hit up Poker News and check out Snoopy and Dana's cheeky coverage of the final table.

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