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Online pro Gary Peniket made it third time lucky to reach the live final of the Million IX on Friday. Peniket won a freeroll tournament at to gain a shot at the $1million first prize when the action kicks off at 7pm live on Sky Sports 2 and HD2, making his televised poker debut after coming close on two previous occasions.

“I’m really excited about appearing on TV, but I am hoping I can shut it out after a few hands and concentrate on the job in hand,” said Peniket. “I have finished second in the 'winner-takes-all' packages twice before to appear on Late Night Poker, so it was a case of third time lucky.”

The 39 year-old left a job in finance three years ago to take up poker full-time and will come face-to-face with some of pokers biggest stars on Friday. Scandinavian duo Gus Hansen and Patrik Antonius are joined by two-time WSOP bracelet winner Howard Lederer who makes his second Poker Million final appearance.

Hendon Mob man Barny Boatman also makes his second appearance, while Brighton & Hove Albion FC chairman Tony Bloom goes one better to take his third shot at the title. WSOPE main event winner James Bord will hope to cap off a great year with victory while internet qualifier Seth Webber is looking to be rewarded for coming second in a tough heat in October, claiming his seat at the final table in the runners-up heat.

“I can’t wait to tangle with Gus in particular as he is such a prominent iconic figure in poker today, and Patrick is obviously legendary in terms of cash games,” said the Peniket. Peniket – from Sutton Coldfield in Birmingham – said the final table will be a tough task but admitted he had thought about what he would do if he won the grand prize, with a trip Down Under not out of the question.

“Whilst I'd keep a fair bit back to make sure I can stay away from the 9-5 for as long as possible, I'd also be trying to spin it up by playing a much wider range of live events than I currently do – and I'd also make it over to Australia for the end of the Ashes!”

The Poker Million IX final is live on Sky Sports 2 and HD2 from 7pm on Friday and the action will also be blogged live at

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