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Brits, Football Legend, EPT Champ Headline Vilamoura Final
Two young Brits, a football legend and a man seeing to become the first two-time European Poker Tour main event winner headline the EPT Vilamoura final table, set to go off Thursday night in Portugal.
British players sit in the top three spots heading into the final table, with 20-year-old Toby Lewis from Southampton holding a slight lead over Nottingham’s Sam Trickett.
Both young players have spent the past few years making a name for themselves on the English poker scene, but the third Brit sitting in contention for the EPT Vilamoura title and €467,835 first-place prize is definitely better known for his prowess in another game.
Friend of PokerStars and England football legend Teddy Sheringham, who played for the National team and won almost every individual honor at the club level in stints with Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspurs among others, sits within striking distance of his countrymates at the top of the leaderboard.
Now, after a deep run in last year’s World Series of Poker Europe main event left him just shy of the final table there, Sheringham appears ready to be recognized as more than just a footballer on the felt.
While he’s the short stack, 2005 EPT Grand Final champ Rob Hollink will come in with a shot at a second EPT title. No one has ever won two.
The rest of the final table includes Swede Martin Jacobson, making his second EPT final eight, Jason “JaspudUF” Lee, a 25-year-old PokerStars qualifier from the United States, Portugal’s own Sergio Coutinho from nearby Oporto and Frederik Jensen, the 28-year-old Dane who burst onto the live tournament scene in January with a runner-up finish in the 2010 Aussie Millions main event.
A total of 384 players entered the €5,300 EPT Vilamoura Main Event. A winner will be crowned tonight.