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Zimnan Ziyard Reaches Stud Final Table; Brits Flying High In Event #17

Zimnan Ziyard

European Poker Tour Loutraki champion Zimnan Ziyard will have to wait a little longer if he wants to add a World Series of Poker title to his already impressive poker resume but he came ever-so-close to taking down Event #15 earlier today.

In a world where UK & Ireland players are better-known for the No Limit Hold'em skills that other forms of poker, it was superb to see Ziyard plough through a star-studded field in the $5,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split 8-or-Better tournament.

At one point it looked as if Ziyard was going to go the distance and take down the whole shebang but it just wasn't to be and he eventually fell in sixth place, a finish that has added $44,967 to his WSOP war chest. His final hand saw him get to the river against Todd Brunson but when Doyle's son tabled {3-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}/{7-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{J-Spades} for a straight, Ziyard's hand found its way to the muck and the popular Brit's tournament came to an abrupt end.

Whilst Ziyard was plying his trade with seven cards a whole host of UK & Ireland players were battling it out in the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold'em event. By the time registration had closed there were just 179 entrants and of those just 69 had chips to bag up at the end of play.

The best placed of our men and women in this event is none other than Chris Moorman who bagged up 147,400 chips at the close of play. Moorman tweeted that this was his first Day 2 of the series and later that he hoped to continue to “run like God.”

Chris MoormanBagged 147,400 to end the day going into 800/1600 tomorrow. First day 2 of the series this year :) #wsop2012

Joining Moorman at the right end of the chip counts are the likes of former EPT San Remo champion Liv Boeree (140,000), JP Kelly (102,000) and Ben Vinson (53,000).

Be sure to follow all of the action from Event #17 on the PokerNews Live Reporting pages this evening.

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