Final table set at WPT Championship

Bertrand Grospellier
ElkY has the WPT Championship and Player of the Year titles well within his grasp.

More than a $2.1 million first-place prize and a World Poker Tour title will be on the line when the WPT Championship final table plays out at the Bellagio in Las Vegas Saturday.

Not only can Scotty Nguyen become poker's all-time leading money winner with a win, but Team PokerStars Pro Betrand "ElkY" Grospellier can take the WPT Player of the Year title with a fourth place finish or better.

However, Grospellier's sole focus remains the WPT Championship title.

"I just want to win honestly," he said. "I'm just thinking about winning. If I get fourth that's great, I get player of the year, but my main focus is on playing my best and winning the tournament."

2008 APT Macau champ Yevgeniy Timoshenko will come in with the best shot at the title, holding 13.3 million in chips and a massive lead over the field.

However, the 21-year-old told PokerListings he has no plans to come in and steamroll the other five players.

"I don't have a plan, I'll simply sit down and feel the table out," he said. "I never play poker with a premeditated strategy. I make my decisions in the heat of the moment."

Two-time EPT finalist Christian Harder will come into the final table second in chips with 7.4 million, just above Grospellier's 5.95 million.

Yevgeniy Timoshenko
No plans.

ElkY, who took down the WPT Festa al Lago title this past October using a big stack to bully the competition at the final table, plans to play a little tighter tomorrow.

"I'm going to be very careful with the spots I take," he said. "I have Scotty on my left and Yevgeniy on my right, which is not so good because he's going to be opening a lot of pots.

"I've been playing with him the last few days and we play online so he's a tough opponent for sure, but it's OK."

Next on the current leader board is a very confident sounding Nguyen with 3.2 million in chips.

"That's plenty of chips for Scotty," Nguyen said. "It always feels good to come from the bottom and win it."

The short stacks coming in are Israeli Ran Azor with 2.5 million in chips and 2006 Bellagio Cup champ Shannon Shorr on 1.3 million.

PokerListings will have comprehensive coverage of the final table on our Live Tournaments page beginning at 4 p.m. PT Saturday.

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