Phil Hellmuth Leads Stacked WSOPE Main Event Final Table
With the final 24 players in the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event returning yesterday to play down to an official final table of eight, it was 12-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth who made giant strides towards winning another title as he emerged as overall chip leader.
The Poker Brat will be in pole position ahead of Ukrainian player Sergii Baranov when the final table plays out later today, but he still has a lot of work to do given the quality of opposition that will be joining him in the last eight, with Joseph Cheong and Jason Mercier still among his opponents.
British bracelet hope Christopher Brammer will also add further quality to what is undoubtedly the most stacked Main Event final table in WSOPE history, with the online hotshot recently transferring his terrific 2012 form at the virtual felt into the live arena to put himself in the bracelet frame.
Also playing out today will be the €50,000 buy-in Majestic High Roller event, where just nine players currently remain with the top eight all receiving prizes. Leading that field is John Juanda, who holds almost double the chips of his closest rival and long-time friend Richard Young in 2nd place.
In-form pair Philipp Gruissem and Steve O’Dwyer sit just behind in 3rd and 4th place respectively, while Tobias Reinkemeier, David Benefield, Jani Sointula, Winfred Yu and Mike Watson complete a line-up that will certainly make for compelling viewing when play resumes at 15:00 local time today.