Day four of the WSOP Europe Main Event ended in sensational circumstances with three players KOed in the final 10 minutes of play to leave a final table of eight.
WSOP.com reported that Elio Fox, Alex Dovzhenko and Arnaud Mattern were all-in pre flop in a pot worth more than million and a spot as the chip leader beckoned. Mattern showed pocket aces, Fox held pocket 10s and Dovzhenko A-K. You guessed it; a 10 in the window sent Mattern and Dovzhenko to the rail and left Fox with the chip lead.
At the adjacent table, Chris Moorman four-bet his stack in response to Patrik Antonius’ three-bet, and it was off to the races between Moorman’s A-7 and A-Q for Antonius. The board flowed 8-6-6-8, much to the frustration of Antonius, and his demeanour didn’t improve when a 7 sailed down the river. He limped out a few hands later in ninth spot.
Australia started the day with one player in contention, but Tony G wasn’t able to do much with his short stack and bowed out 24th for €37,000, although he fared much better with his $20,000 bet on himself to make the money, which duly paid at the odds of 5-1. With profiles thanks to WSOP.com’s Nolan Dalla, the final table will comprise:
SEAT 1: Max Silver
HOMETOWN: London (England)
CHIP COUNT: 1,825,000
Max Silver is a 21-year-old professional poker player. Silver previously won the UK and Ireland Poker Tour championship played in Dublin as well as a European Poker Tour event played in London. He took fourth place in the Shootout event at this year’s 2011 WSOP Europe and hopes to improve on that performance in what is his second final table appearance in Cannes.
SEAT 2: Elio Fox
HOMETOWN: New York, New York (USA)
CHIP COUNT: 3,990,000
Fox is a 25-year-old professional poker player. He was previously a college student at prestigious Bard College in New York. Fox won the Bellagio Cup championship earlier this year, played in Las Vegas. For that victory, he won about $680,000. He stands to win three times that amount here in Cannes, should he win this championship.
SEAT 3: Dermot Blain
HOMETOWN: Dublin (Ireland)
CHIP COUNT: 2,405,000
Blain is a 27-year-old professional poker player. He was the 2009 Asia-Pacific Poker Tour champion, held in Macau. Blain has numerous cashes on his poker resume over the past six years as a pro and has accumulated about $800,000 in career live tournament earnings. He has a chance to triple that today, with a victory here at WSOP Europe.
SEAT 4: Jake Cody
HOMETOWN: Leeds (England)
CHIP COUNT: 2,685,000
Jake Cody is a 23-year-old professional poker player. He won his first WSOP gold bracelet earlier this year in the $25,000 buy-in Heads-Up World Championship, which earned him a payout totalling $800,000. He also won an EPT event in Deauville and a WPT event in London, giving him what some call “Poker’s Triple Crown”. It’s pretty amazing that in just two short years, Cody has already won more than $2.6 million.
SEAT 5: Shawn Buchanan
HOMETOWN: Abbotsford, British Columbia (Canada)
CHIP COUNT: 1,015,000
Buchanan is a 29-year-old professional poker player. He is widely regarded as one of the top players who have yet to win a WSOP gold bracelet. But he’s come very close, two times in fact this year alone in WSOP tournaments. Buchanan’s three second place finishes over the past two years in WSOP tournaments have made him one of the most watched and feared players in the game. He has $3.8 million in career tournament earnings, to date. He’s also still in the running for the 2011 WSOP “Player of the Year.”
SEAT 6: Moritz Kranich
HOMETOWN: Hamburg (Germany)
CHIP COUNT: 1,660,000
Kranich is a 31-year-old professional poker player. He has two major tournament wins – at EPT Deauville and WPT Bellagio. His EPT win paid over $1 million. He has in excess of $2.1 million in career tournament winnings. He hopes to become the first German player in history to win a WSOP Europe gold bracelet.
SEAT 7: Chris Moorman
HOMETOWN: Limassol (Cyprus), originally from Basildon (England)
CHIP COUNT: 2,230,000
Moorman is a 26-year-old professional poker player. He holds a college degree in economics from Essex University, in England. Moorman had second- and third-place finishes at this year’s WSOP in Las Vegas. He has nearly $1.4 million in live tournament earnings, but is still seeking his first major live tournament victory.
SEAT 8: Brian Roberts
HOMETOWN: Austin, Texas (USA)
CHIP COUNT: 2,000,000
Roberts is a 28-year-old professional poker player. He has nearly two dozen major cashes in a wide variety of tournaments, mostly played in the American mid-west. He is already guaranteed his second cash here at WSOP Europe and biggest payout with this final table appearance. His online poker nickname is “Flawless Victory,” which he hopes to turn into reality at this final table.