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Galaxy of Stars Contend WSOP HORSE Final
There have already been some exceptional final tables at the 2010 World Series of Poker, but the $3k HORSE final may well have trumped them all.
A mouth-watering line-up consisting of 2009 WSOP Player of the Year Jeffrey Lisandro, Team PokerStars Pros Bill Chen and Chad Brown, Team Full Tilt's John Juanda and David Baker is completed with a name to strike fear into even this celebrated group: Phil Ivey.
Event 37 always looked likely to yield a star-studded last table. Despite the numbers increasing slightly on last year's parallel tournament - an impressive 478 players paying the entry fee - the field was filled with an array of talent keen to add the bracelet to their list of accomplishments.
The mixed games provide a big draw to the marquee pros - Player of the Year contender Michael Mizrachi being just one big name to feel the draw of the big games.
"I love the game of HORSE," Mizrachi told PokerListings. "The more games the better."
Chad Brown is equally enthralled by the big games, but for now his focus is on the elite final table he will be battling for the title.
"It's a great line-up," said Brown. "I'm excited to be a part of it."
Brown will have his work cut out overcoming such a challenging line-up and perhaps the biggest obstacle lying between him and the bracelet is Phil Ivey.
Ivey will have started the series with lots of bracelet bets, although many of the high-stakes pros he regularly shares the felt with may have been more reticent about betting against him following his double-bracelet showing last year.
One man who stands to lose some money is Mike Matusow who reputedly has several bets against Phil Ivey making a final table.
"You think it's easy to make a WSOP final table? It's not easy!" Matusow said as he booked some action against Ivey earlier.
With Ivey moments away from making his first WSOP 2010 final table, Matusow may just be the latest big name pro to have his fingers burned betting against the player many think is the best in the world.
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