WSOPE Event #1 final table is set

WSOPE Event #1 final table is set

Monday, 21 September 2009

A long and demanding day has finally come to an end with the final nine players of Event #1 set in place to have a run at the £120,000 1st prize. Leading the pack is Frenchman Fabien Dunlop, who used his chip lead after day 1b to great avail, ending up at the final table with over 500,000 chips.

I can’t be certain, but I feel that there may be a slight feel of relief from the players that Ganesh ‘the Gob’ Bathmanathan will not be joining them at the final table. Although at times he was amusing, the guy never shut-up, and from the look on some players faces it was beginning to take its toll even more so then the tiredness factor. Nevertheless, he was a good sport and took home a tidy £9,381 for his 10th place finish.

Chip leader from Day 1a, JP Kelly, is still very much in the hunt. He will arrive at the final table with over 300,000 and looks a solid bet to win a second bracelet of the year after an unswerving performance thus far.

Richard Allen will take his seat tomorrow with the second highest stack. Despite being a man of little words at the table, he 3-bet and 4-bet his way into the final nine with a great display of power poker, and most definitely let his poker do the talking.

Neil Suarez, who was in a bit of trouble with 12 players remaining, managed to escape some near-poker-death experiences and arrives at the final table 4th in chips with 217,000.

The rest of the final table looks like this:

Seat 1: Fabien Dunlop -- 538,000
Seat 2: James Tomlin -- 49,000
Seat 3: William Martin -- 122,500
Seat 4: Richard Allen -- 332,000
Seat 5: Anthony Roux -- 88,000
Seat 6: Adnan Alshamah -- 121,000
Seat 7: JP Kelly -- 317,500
Seat 8: Thor Drexel -- 77,000
Seat 9: Neil Suarez -- 217,500

Those not so lucky to make it included Chris ‘Jesus’ Ferguson – whose miracle-working skills were most probably being saved for another time (yes I believe he is the next messiah). He crashed out in 15th place after he was forced to move his short-stack in with almost any two.

Unfortunately his QdJd was dominated by Ian Frazer’s AQ - and despite the flop arriving A 9 10 – his hand did not improve and he rose from the table to much applause from the rail and players alike.

Other big name players to fall in the day include John Juanda and Padraig Parkinson, Roland de Wolfe and Ian Frazer. The latter ran deep, finishing in 12th place after his KsJs was no match for the Ah10d of Richard Allen.

Join us tomorrow (or should I say today – Monday 21st) for the final table.

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