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Three UK Poker Players on WSOPE Main Event Final Table

Posted by Anthony on October 20, 2011 at 1:36 BST

WSOPE Main EventThree UK poker players have managed to reach the final table on the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event following a long, but exciting, penultimate day at the Le Croisette Casino in Cannes. Jake Cody (2nd), Chris Moorman (4th) and Max Silver (6th) all negotiated a tricky penultimate day – benefitting from a little good luck (more than a little in Chris Moorman´s case) to be in with a chance of the €1.4 million first prize and WSOP bracelet.

Better Than 2009!

It is only the second time that the UK has had three representatives on a final table in this event. The last occasion was in 2009 when Praz Bansi (3rd), Chris Bjorin (6th) and James Akenhead (9th) finished behind Barry Schulman and Daniel Negreanu in a much smaller field (334 buy-ins in 2009/593 buy-ins in 2011) and on a nine-handed table. Furthermore, should Ulsterman Dermot Blain win, we can claim him as being from the UK, as he was last month spotted walking along the Edgware Road in London!

Cody Looks Impressive Despite Early Loss

Jake Cody´s rise throughout the day was undoubtedly the most impressive performance by a UK poker player. Starting the day with 522,000 chips (blinds 6,000/12,000 ante 2,000), Cody had to deal with the distraction of the Caesar´s Cup before joining his table at the start of play and losing a major early hand to Arnaud Mattern. Mattern ({J♣} {9♣}) moved all-in for 152,000 chips and Jake looked to have him covered with {A♠} {J♥}, but the {9♦} spiked on the river to keep Mattern in play and send Jake down to around 300,000 chips.

Cody on the Road Back Up

Jake was able to move back up the leaderboard when his {7♥} {7♠} held up against Philippe Ktorza´s {A♣} {J♦} and he then tripled up against Patrik Antonius and Max Silver when his {10♦} {8♦} caught two pairs on the flop. With his growing chip stack, Jake was able to three-bet and shove his way into some uncontested pots, and took the chip lead at one point when out-kicking Max Silver for over one million chips. He would have remained there too, had it not been for Elio Fox´s incredible double elimination of Arnaud Mattern (AA) and Alex Dovzhenko (AK) when Fox´s pocket Tens caught a set on the flop and hung on to give the American the overnight chip lead.

Silver Volatile on Exchanges

Day 3 chip leader experienced the sort of day that we have grown to love him for. Starting the day with the elimination of John Eames (who had bust his dad Tony G just minutes earlier) and enjoying a slice of luck when his {2♥} {2♦} held on against Dario Sammartino´s {A♣} {K♠}, Max established a significant breathing space between himself and the chasing pack. Gaining chips and confidence by bullying the shorter stacks out of valuable pots, Max got his stack up to 3.6 million chips, but lost a million to Jack Cody and then almost as many to Chris Moorman in a {7♦} {7♣} -v- {K♥} {J♦} race to finished the day with just over 1.8 million chips.

Has Moorman Used Up All His Luck?

No player was more fortunate during the penultimate day of the WSOPE Main Event than Chris Moorman – even he was embarrassed with his good luck when crippling Patrik Antonius and elevating himself into fourth position after looking dead and buried. The hand in question came towards the end of the night, when Chris four-bet Antonius for his last million chips holding {A♠} {7♣} and looking in serious trouble when Antonius tabled {A♥} {Q♦}. Moorman looked to be heading for the door following the flop of {8♥} {6♣} {6♠} but incredibly the turn of {8♦} gave Chris hope of splitting the pot, and then the {7♦} on the river doubled him up to over 2 million chips. A dejected Antonius was shortly eliminated in ninth to set up the eight man final table.

Chip Counts Going Into Final Day

Even more remarkable is that Chris Moorman is still in with an outside chance of becoming World Series of Poker Player of the Year. What looked like a straight race between Phil Hellmuth and Ben Lamb two weeks ago has now got a little bit more interesting with the good runs of Chris Moorman and Shawn Buchanan, who will have cashed in four of the seven qualifying events over the past ten days. Of more immediate importance however will be the €1.4 million first prize for winning the WSOPE Main Event!






Elio Fox USA



Jake Cody UK



Dermot Blain Ireland



Chris Moorman UK



Brian Roberts USA



Max Silver UK



Moritz Kranich Germany



Shawn Buchanan Canada