WSOPE Bracelet-Winner Cajelais Leads EPT London £20,000 High Roller Final Table
Friday, 2 October 2009
The 75 players that stumped up a staggering £20,000 for the PokerStars European Poker Tour High Roller event in London have been narrowed down to a final eight, with World Series of Poker Europe 2009 bracelet-winner and terrifying-looking man Erik Cajelais holding the chip lead.
Over 30 players reconvened for Day 2 with huge stacks and tiny blinds – even so, it took only until 8.30pm for a final table of eight to be set, featuring several big names and players who dominated the tournament.
Skinheaded, tattooed Erik Cajelais is fresh from a victory in the Hold ‘em/Omaha mixed £2,500 event; ready to add another £542,000 to his £104,000 first-place prize. However, he has competition in the shape of some other players there.
Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies finished day one with the chiplead, busting ElkY (who we’re still convinced will find a way to win this event) on his way to the top spot despite arriving over four hours late. He overslept.
Team PokerStars PRO Dennis Phillips might have been thought of as a flash in the pan since his third-place finish at the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event eventually won by Peter Eastgate, but he’s since made a deep run in the 2009 WSOP as well as adding this final table to his name.
The list of competitors and their chip counts for the final eight is as follows:
Seat 1: Eugene Katchalov, USA, 530,000
Seat 2: Shane Reihill, Ireland, 236,000
Seat 3: Matt Glantz, USA, 647,500
Seat 4: Dennis Phillips, USA, 218,500
Seat 5: Ilari Sahamies, Finland, 311,000
Seat 6: Leo Fernandez, Argentina, 460,000
Seat 7: Adolfo Vaeza, Uruguay, 468,000
Seat 8: Erik Cajelais, Canada, 893,500