The World Series of Poker Europe Main Event has reached its final table after the 593 players who paid €10,400 to participate were whittled down to just eight survivors. But just who are these eight players and which of them will walk away with a coveted gold WSOP bracelet (photo above, credit to Jon Boncek of PokerNews.com) and a wallet-bursting €1,400,000 first place prize?
Seat 1: Max Silver (United Kingdom) – 1,825,000 chips
Max Silver burst onto the live poker scene back in August 2010 when he reached the final table of the PokerStars UKIPT Main Event in Edinburgh. The following month he bested a crowd of 590 entrants in the UKIPT Dublin Main Event for a massive €72,000 score. Amazingly, the following month he won another tournament, the £1,500 event at EPT London for £83,588, his biggest live cash to date.
More recently he cashed in the WPT Grand Prix de Paris Main Event in September, made the final table of UKIPT Dublin again and finished fourth in the €3,200 Shootout just a week or so ago. To date Silver has almost €370,000 in live tournament winnings.
Seat 2: Elio Fox (United States of America) – 3,990,000 chips
Elio Fox starts the day as the overall chip leader with 1,315,000 more chips than anyone else in the field. Fox only has four live cashes to his name but they are all five figures or more. His biggest score to date came in July 2011 when he won the $10,000 Bellagio Cup VII in Las Vegas for a cool $669,692. There he outlasted the likes of William Thorson, Bryn Kenney, David Williams, Bertrand Grospellier and Thomas Marchese. If he wins today it will cost James Bord a small fortune in refunded bets!
Fox has just short of $800,000 in live tournament winnings.
Seat 3: Dermot Blain (Ireland) – 2,405,000 chips
Dermot Blain first became known at the 2009 PokerStars APPT Macau where he cashed in two side events before taking down the Main Event for the equivalent of $541,100. That result remains Blain's only outright victory so far but he has been extremely consistent with his results in major tournaments around the world, with buy-ins ranging from £500 up to $10,000.
Blain has over $800,000 in live tournament winnings.
Seat 4: Jake Cody (United Kingdom) – 2,685,000 chips
Jake Cody needs no introduction as he is a player who is feared around the globe. After cutting his teeth in online tournaments, the Rochdale lad started playing major live events and instantly started crushing them. In January 2010 he won the EPT Deauville Main Event, then just over seven months later took down WPT London before completing the coveted Triple Crown of titles when he won the $25,000 Heads Up High Roller event at this year's WSOP in Las Vegas.
Should Cody win today he would become the first-ever player to win an EPT, WPT, WSOP and WSOPE title. Cody has more than $2,670,000 in live tournament winnings.
Seat 5: Shawn Buchanan (Canada) – 1,015,000 chips
Shawn Buchanan is a superb player and won who has some amazing results to his name. Hailing from Vancouver, Buchanan has a World Poker Tour title to his name after winning the 2007 Mandalay Bay poker Championship and has final table appearances at WPT Five Star poker Classic and the WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic, finishing third and fourth respectively.
The one title Buchanan really wants though is a WSOP bracelet and he has come ever so close on three occasions. He finished second to Daniel Kelly in the 2010 $25,000 Six Max event and this year he was the runner-up to Fabrice Soulier in the $10,000 HORSE event. The hugely popular Buchanan has close to $4,200,000 in live tournament winnings and if he finishes first or second here he would become the 2011 WSOP Player of the Year.
Seat 6: Moritz Kranich (Germany) – 1,660,000 chips
Moritz Kranich is probably the best player you have never heard of and a win today would award him the Triple Crown. He won the first part in 2009 when he took down the EPT Deauville Main Event and in July 2010 he won the $10,000 Bellagio Cup VI in Las Vegas, though since then his only score was for $7,980 in the $1,900 Turbo event at the second event of the Epic Poker League. Kranich predominately plays poker online but still has almost $2,170,000 in live tournament winnings.
Seat 7: Chris Moorman (United Kingdom) – 2,230,000 chips
Chris Moorman is another British player who is known all around the world. There is nobody in online poker who can match his tournament winnings of around $8,000,000 and it looks like he has now found his feet in the live arena too. Moorman is coming off the back of a very impressive WSOP that netted him more than $1,000,000. He cashed five times, made two final tables finishing third in the $2,500 Six Handed event and second to Joe Ebanks in the $10,000 Six Handed Championship, that last result being his largest live score of his career so far.
The Brighton lad has just short of $1,330,000 in live tournament winnings
Seat 8: Brian Roberts (United States of America) – 2,000,000 chips
Brian Roberts may only have $165,000 in live tournament winnings but he has won far more than that in online and live cash games. You may recognise Roberts' face from the hit documentary “Two Months Two Million” where he and three other high stakes cash game players attempted to do what the title says, win $2,000,000 in two months.
He may be the least experienced when it comes to live tournaments but he is still a very talented poker player and has a good a chance as any to win this tournament.
Each of the players has locked up €115,000 in prize money but there is still a hell of a lot of money left to play for, including that massive first place prize of €1,400,000! Be sure ollow the PokerNews live reporting team for the very best in tournament updates and follow us on Twitter for all the latest UK poker news.