The final table at the 2011 World Series of Poker Europe main event is set. The bubble boy was Patrik Antonius, ousted in ninth place by Chris Moorman’s aces, taking home €90k to ease his disappointment. It’s been that kind of week for Antonius, who garnered a lot of press with his claim to have lost a sizable roll when Full Tilt Poker collapsed, only to have a growing chorus of forum posters question the legitimacy of his claim.
Anyway, your final table looks as follows, in order of chip count: Elio Fox (3.99m), Jake Cody (2.685m), Dermot Blain (2.405m), Moorman (2,23m), Brian Roberts (2m), Max Silver (1.825m), Moritz Kranich (1.66m) and Shawn Buchanan (1.015m). Top prize is €1.4m; eighth place gets €115k. Action gets underway Thursday at 13:45 CET, with coverage available online from 8am EST on ESPN3.com.
If the American Fox wins (that’s him pictured at right, doing his best ‘Europeans! I have come for your children!’ look), James Bord will owe a lot of people money, having declared that the WSOPE title would go to a European and offered to cover betting losses up to $500 on such a proposition. So who will rescue Bord? Englishman Cody’s having one hell of a year, earning only the third triple crown in poker history by taking the $25k Heads-Up event at the WSOP in Vegas this June. But what happens if Buchanan pulls off the upset? He’s from Canada — a member of the Commonwealth of nations — so does that count as European? I smell a loophole. To the lawyers!
Also getting underway on Thursday is the European Poker Tour San Remo. The first of two starting days for the €4,600+300 main event will kick off Friday (21) with the final table playing out Oct. 27. We cherish the San Remo stop, largely because it’s where Liv Boeree rocked her first major title. To commemorate that event, here’s an entirely different rocking side of Liv…