The World Poker Tour Malta Main Event has reached its final table of eight players and there is certainly one very recognisable player still in with a chance of becoming a WPT champion, Mr Simon “Aces” Trumper.
Trumper, the Live Poker Director at the Dusk Till Dawn poker club in Nottingham, has tournament scores dating back as far as 1996 and in 2001 he was ranked as the fourth best poker player in Europe and the second best at Hold'em. In recent times Trumper has not been able to recreate the form of yesteryear, with his most recent cash being for €1,925 at the PokerStars UKIPT Killarney Main Event back in June 2010. However, he now stands a very realistic chance of besting his largest-ever tournament score of $93,060 as he finds himself in the final eight of the WPT Malta Main Event.
Shaven-headed Trumper (pictured above, photo credit to PartyPoker) will start the day fourth in chips, with a stack of 631,000. He would have been up there with chip leader Tristan Clemencon (2,215,000 chips) but he endured a torrid last few orbits to lose a significant part of his stack. He first lost a large pot to November Nine member Matt Giannetti when the latter rivered a better two pair with against Trumper's on a board reading and then on the final hand of the day he doubled up Christofer Williamson, again with ace-ten, when Williamsson had flopped bottom set.
Trumper will not be deterred by this minor set back because his 631,000 stack is still worth more than 50 big blinds. Play resumes at 1300 CET and will continue until the WPT Malta champion is crowned. Tune in later to discover who scooped the honours.
WPT Malta Final Table Seat Draw