Event #7: €10,400 Main Event Championship
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Event #7: €10,400 Main Event Championship
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A 21-year-old professional poker player, Max Silver will enter the final table sixth in chips. He hails from London, England and holds nearly $370,000 in live tournament earnings coming into this final table, which is his largest cash earning to date. Prior to poker, Silver worked in marketing, but switching to the game has provided him with a lot of early success.
In September 2010, Silver won the UKIPT Dublin Main Event for €72,000. A month later, he won a £1,500 side event at the EPT London for £83,588. Outside of those finishes, Silver placed in the money in the WPT Grand Prix de Pairs and then went on to final table the same UKIPT Dublin Main Event in 2011 that he won the previous year.
This isn't Silver's first World Series of Poker final table. Earlier in this WSOP Europe, Silver final tabled the €3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout and placed fourth.
Elio Fox will be the start-of-the-day chip leader at this final table. He's a 25-year-old professional poker player from New York, USA and previously attended Bard College in his home state.
When it comes to poker, Fox has tasted victory twice before on the live felt. Earlier this year in June, Fox won the $1,590 No-Limit Hold'em event at the Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza III in Las Vegas for $87,192. His continued his summer run-good when he went on to win the Bellagio Cup VII $10,000 Main Event a month later for a whopping $669,692. France has also been kind to Fox as he placed 31st in the WPT Grand Prix de Paris just last month. In total, Fox's live tournament earnings are nearly $800,000.
At 27 years old, Dermot Blain holds over $800,000 in live tournament earnings coming into this final table. He'll enter third in chips and knows what it's like to taste victory.
Back in 2009, Blain won the APPT Macau Main Event for $541,100. He also cashed in two World Series of Poker events over his career; once in 2010 and once in 2011. Outside of his win in Macau, Blain's largest cash came in April 2010 when he placed 15th in the EPT San Remo Main Event for €35,000. Blain also has cashes in a couple WPT events.
Jake Cody is easily one of the brightest young superstars in the game today. At 23 years old, he's already earned a World Series of Poker gold bracelet, an EPT Main Event title and a WPT Main Event win. Those three victories have allowed him to earn poker's elusive Triple Crown.
Cody's WSOP bracelet win came earlier this year in Las Vegas. He won the $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em Heads-Up Championship for a whopping $851,192 after defeating Yevgeniy Timoshenko in the final match. Even with such a massive first-place prize in that event, it's not anywhere close to the largest score of his career. In January 2010, Cody win the EPT Deauville Main Event here in France for €857,000. His other major win came at the 2010 WPT London for £273,783.
This event is Cody's fourth WSOP cash of the year, with his first three coming in Vegas. Outside of his big win, Cody cashed in the $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed event and also in the $10,000 Main Event. His total lifetime earnings total well over $2.6 million.
Shawn Buchanan may have the least amount of chips coming into this final table at 1,015,000, but he's the player who has the most live tournament earnings at nearly $4.2 million. That number is good enough to put him seventh on Canada's all-time money list and he has an opportunity to add a whole lot more to that today.
When it comes to World Series of Poker events, the 29-year-old Buchanan crushes. His first WSOP cash came back in 2004 and then starting in 2007, the cashes just started piling on. In 2007, Buchanan cashed three times at the WSOP, in 2008 he added four more, in 2009 he cashed twice and then in 2010 he finished in the money eight different times. Out of all of those finishes, the largest score came in 2010 when he placed second in the $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed for $812,941.
If you think that's impressive, Buchanan has added even more in 2011. In Las Vegas during the summer, he cashed five times at the WSOP including one second-place finish in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship. He then cashed three times at this WSOP Europe including coming runner-up to Michael Mizrachi in the €10,000 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em event for €207,624.
Outside of the WSOP, Buchanan has three top-five finishes in WPT events. He placed second in the 2007 Mandalay Bay Poker Championship for $768,775, fourth at the 2009 Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic for $333,302 and third at the $25,000 WPT Championship in 2010 for $587,906.
Also of note is that Buchanan is still in the running for WSOP Player of the Year due to all his success this year on the WSOP felt. He needs to finish in second place or better to take over the POTY lead.
Moritz Kranich is 31 years old and a professional poker player. His largest score ever came in 2009 when he won the EPT Deauville Main Event for €851,400. Kranich also cashed in the 2009 EPT Dortmund Main Event and 2010 EPT Grand Final Monte Carlo.
Kranich will come into the final table second to last in chips with 1,660,000, but has the chance to join tablemate Jake Cody as a member of poker's Triple Crown winners if he can win this event. Along with his EPT Main Event win, Kranich won the $10,000 Championship at the WPT Bellagio Cup VI in 2010 for $875,150.
Kranich holds over $2.1 million in live tournament earnings entering this final table.
Chris Moorman is 26 years of age and holds an economics degree from Essex University, although his true life major is poker. Moorman is a bright, young superstar who is regularly considered one of the top No-Limit Hold'em players in the game today.
Moorman holds millions in online poker winnings, but we'll be focusing on the live events here. Coming into this final table, Moorman holds over $1.3 million in live tournament earnings with the bulk of that coming this year. Back in January, Moorman placed seventh in the Aussie Millions Main Event for A$175,000. After that, he cashed five times at the WSOP including two final tables in six-handed events.
Moorman finished third in the $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed event and then second in the $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed Championship. Those finishes earned Moorman $271,800 and $716,282, respectively.
Moorman also sits right behind Shawn Buchanan on the WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard. He'll need to win the event in order to pass Phil Hellmuth to take over the number one spot.
Sitting fifth in chips heading into this final table with an even 2,000,000, Brian Roberts is scoring his second World Series of Poker cash and his first final table. He holds the least amount in live tournament earnings at this final table, but Roberts is no stranger to poker.
Roberts is widely considered as one of the best online poker players in the game and was one of the players featured on the American reality TV show 2 Months $2 Million. The show chronicled Roberts and three other players who shared a house in Las Vegas for two months with the goal of earning two million dollars. Although the group only won $676,700, Roberts has the chance to earn a lot more than that today.
Roberts is 28 years old.
Welcome to the Hotel Majestic Barriere for the final time this year. It is of course the final table of the €10,400 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event. We have finally reduced the field from 593 players to our final table of eight after five days of spectacular poker and you can read about all of them below.
The players have scrubbed up nice, are taking their seats and we have the likes of Johnny "f*****g" Chan sitting on the rail.
Jack Effel has just taken the mic and is about to introduce the players, so lets get it on!