Cody, Moorman, Buchanan Headline WSOPE Main Event Final

Day 4
American pro Elio Fox leads the final table at the 2011 WSOP Europe in Cannes.

The final table of the 2011 WSOP Europe main event is set with American Elio Fox looking to take the title, and the €1.4 million first-place prize, back to US soil.

Eight players now remain, the only survivors of the 593-strong field that has been whittled down day by day over almost a week at the Majestic Hotel in Cannes, France.

Despite losing a few of the game’s biggest names during today’s playdown, there’s not a single weak spot at this final table.

Following Fox on the leaderboard is Triple Crown winner Jake Cody. That means he’s got titles on the WPT, EPT and WSOP. From the UK, Cody is looking to make it back-to-back for players from Britain at the WSOPE main event, building on James Bord’s 2010 victory.

Ireland’s Dermot Blain is up next and he’s got a win on the APPT, in the 2009 Macau main event for $541,000.

In third going into the final table, Chris Moorman’s qualification comes in the form of over $7 million in online poker tournament wins and more than a million dollars in cashes at the 2011 WSOP. Succeeding in six-max formats, Moorman took second in the $10k and third in the $2,500 versions of that format this summer in Las Vegas.

Brian Roberts is next in line chip-wise and even though he’s doesn’t have the tournament record equal to most of the players at this table he’s got experience in the way of high-stakes online cash games.

Shawn Buchanan
After three second-place finishes at the WSOP Shawn Buchanan has another chance at his first gold bracelet.

Max Silver has a UKIPT title and two other final tables, as well as a win in a side event at the 2010 EPT London Festival of Poker.

Moritz Kranich is chasing a Triple Crown of his own at tomorrow’s final table. He won EPT Deauville in 2009 for over $1.1 million and the 2010 WPT Bellagio Cup for $875,000.

Shawn Buchanan is bringing up the rear at this final table, hungry from a second-place finish in the €10k Split Format event just a few days ago. Buchanan has a total of three second-place finishes at the WSOP and over $4.1 million in lifetime tournament earnings.

Going out on the final table bubble was one of poker’s biggest names, Patrik Antonius, adding his name to the long list of notables who busted short of the final table.

That group includes former EPT champion Arnaud Mattern (10th), 2011 WSOP bracelet winner Amir Lehavot (15th), EPT founder John Duthie (18th), all-time leading live tournament money winner Erik Seidel (21st) and industry mogul Tony G (24th).

Tomorrow we’ll decide who walks away from the Majestic Hotel in Cannes as a champion, €1.4 million richer, and who just walks away significantly richer.

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Here are the full final table chip counts:

  • 1 - Elio Fox - 3,990,000
  • 2 - Jake Cody - 2,685,000
  • 3 - Dermot Blain - 2,405,000
  • 4 - Chris Moorman - 2,230,000
  • 5 - Brian Roberts - 2,000,000
  • 6 - Max Silver - 1,825,000
  • 7 - Moritz Kranich - 1,660,000
  • 8 - Shawn Buchanan - 1,015,000

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