The WSOPE main event final table is set and there was never any doubt that it was going to be big. Looking around the Empire Casino yesterday when the action got down to three tables, there were so many combinations of dream final tables possible that the railbirds had no idea who to cheer for. Sadly the likes of the Devilfish, Doyle Brunson and Teddy Sheringham fell by the wayside, but it has still left us with one of the greatest final tables ever assembled in a bracelet event.
There are ten bracelets already amongst the 9 men remaining at this final table and the name of the game is [B]doubles. We have a November Nine double which might be the biggest story of the day, with James Akenhead and Antoine Saout both given the chance to bag a bracelet before they meet up again in just over a month. We have a HitSquad double as Akenhead is joined by his friend Praz Bansi to score yet another amazing final table coup for the group. We have a Daniel Negreanu double as the four time bracelet winner is making his second consecutive WSOPE main event final table. We have a Shulman double as Barry Shulman has (Sort of) equalled his son Jeff by making a World Series main event final in the same year. Finally, and perhaps this will be the biggest factor of the day, we have a Jason Mercier double as the prolific young player is making his second high stakes London final in 12 months, having won the EPT High Rollers event this time last year. The final also features bracelet winner Matt Hawrilenlko making his 4th WSOP final of the year and double bracelet winner Chris Bjorin.
It's hard to know what to get excited about and frankly its amazing that the fact that Daniel Negreanu has made the final again seems like one of the smaller stories. From a purely UK perspective, James Akenhead doing what Ivan Demidov did last year, making back to back main event finals in the same year, is huge. They said it would probably never be repeated not one but two players manage to do it the following year. The Akenhead and Bansi double is also a fantastic coup for the reputation of the HitSquad, especially as they are 2nd and 3rd in chips respectively.
But it's hard to look past EPT, EPT High Rollers and WSOP bracelet winner Jason Mercier, who has a monster chip stack, has been running like god and running over the table. Those who have shared a table with him, including 11th place finisher Keith Hawkins, have commented that he is just simply playing too well to beat right now.
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[I]WSOPE Final Table
Seat 1: Barry Shulman - 1,090,000
Seat 2: Jason Mercier - 3,198,000
Seat 3: Praz Bansi - 1,160,000
Seat 4: Markus Ristola - 784,000
Seat 5: Chris Bjorin - 518,000
Seat 6: James Akenhead - 1,398,000
Seat 7: Daniel Negreanu - 438,000
Seat 8: Antoine Saout - 701,000
Seat 9: Matt Hawrilenko - 674,000[I]