WSOPE Main Event Final table commences

WSOPE Main Event Final table commences

Thursday, 1 October 2009

The nine remaining knights of the oval table have embarked on their quest to seek the holy grail that is, the Main Event gold bracelet. Play re-commenced at a little past noon today and will play down until the last man standing.

Last year it was John Juanda who surfaced, wide-eyed yet drained, from the glow of artificial light of the Empire. After a long grueling night, Juanda had taken almost 8 hours to defeat his Russian opponent and had emerged at 10am into the morning rush of Leicester Square £868,000 richer.

This year, it's anyone's game. All eyes will be firmly fixed on the two November Niners, Akenhead and Saout, who look to go where no man has gone before - to win both the WSOP and the WSOPE in the same year.

Eyes will also be fixed on Daniel Negreanu who came into this table as the short stack. But, oh, how things have started to change.

In the biggest pot of the day so far, Daniel Negreanu has doubled up courtesy of Jason Mercier and his mountain of chips.

Having raised pre-flop with a pair of nines, Daniel made a set on the flop only to see Mericer leading into him on a A 9 2 board with two hearts. Daniel flat called the raise and the turn brought another heart – the 3 of hearts to be specific. Mercier fired another barrel and after a short tanking period and the usual chip counting fiasco, Negreanu shoved all-in. An immediate call from Mercier followed, who had unfortunately turned a set of his own with pocket threes.

Mercier (who looks like a shining angel in the above photo) takes a hit, losing almost a third of his stack and is now down to 2.4 million chips. Meanwhile, the once short-stacked Daniel Negreanu is up to 1.3 million.

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