The final table of Event #3 of the 2011 World Series of Poker Europe begins at 1500 CET (1400 UK time) and there will be two British players who are vying for the gold bracelet and the €182,048 first place prize. Those Brits are none other than James Dempsey and Max Silver.
James Dempsey progressed through to the second day where he had to beat Nikita Nikolaev and Adrien Allain if he wanted a place on the final table of the €3,200 No Limit Hold'em Shootout, and he did just that. First Nikolaev was sent to the rail to leave Dempsey heads up against the man who terrorised Phil Hellmuth during the Six-handed event earlier in the series Adrien Allain. The duo locked horns for a good couple of hours before there was a preflop raising war that resulted in Allain being all in and at risk holding against Dempsey's . The board ran out and with that Dempsey had progressed to the ten-handed final table.
Max Silver's route to the final was even more difficult and he thoroughly deserves his place in the final. He won his table on Day 1 that was the home to Alex Wice, Hugo Lemaire, Will Failla and Barry Greenstein and then on Wednesday he had to contend with Vanessa Selbst and Terrance Chan. Silver busted Selbst quite early on when he turned quad sixes with and Selbst called off her stack on the river with the board reading with Selbst claiming to have held pocket kings. Chan fought a valiant battle but the run-good of Silver combined with huge amounts of aggression were just too much. The final hand saw Chan check-call a 5,000 bet on a flop then check-call a 12,700 bet on the arrival of the then call Silver's all in bet when the fell on the river. Silver showed for a flush and Chan mucked after showing .
Dempsey already has a WSOP bracelet to his name that he won in 2010 in the $1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em event and he came very close to a second during the same series when he finished as the runner-up to Sam Farha in the $10,000 Omaha Hi/Lo Championship.
Silver has only been playing the live circuit for a year but already has some impressive results on his resume. He final tabled the 2010 PokerStars UKIPT Edinburgh Main Event before winning the UKIPT Dublin Main Event a month later. The following month he won a $1,500 event at EPT London and more recently he cashed at WPT Grand Prix de Paris and came fourth at this year's edition of UKIPT Dublin!
Both players should be very well supported when the tournament kicks off at 1500 CET (1400 UK time) but maybe not as well supported as the now infamous Jake Cody rail from this year's WSOP! Stay tuned to discover if either of our heros gets crowned a WSOP champion!
Event #3 €3,200 No Limit Hold'em Shootout Seat Draw