Hansen, Timoshenko Highlight WSOP Final Four

Yevgeniy Timoshenko
Yevgeniy Timoshenko

Gus Hansen and Yevgeniy Timoshenko will star in perhaps the most star-heavy final four in the history of the WSOP heads-up event.

Upstart English tournament crusher Jake Cody and two-time WSOP bracelet winner Eric Froehlich round out the impressive final four that will play down to a winner tomorrow in the $25,000 Heads-Up Championship. 

Hansen, easily the most recognizable face in the final four, has had an exceptional run in this year’s event beating Jason Mercier, Greg Brooks, Daniel Alaei, Tom Dwan and, most recently, Matt Marafioti.

Indeed Hansen has a world of momentum heading into the final four considering he won the last heads-up title that was held at the WSOPE in London. 

The Danish pro is also having one of his best online years ever with nearly $4 million in profit.

Hansen will not have an easy ride tomorrow, however, as he will first have to face Rochdale-native Jake Cody in the semi-final match. 

Cody has been exceptionally hot over the last two years with $1.2 million win at EPT Deauville and a $425k victory at WPT London.

Meanwhile in the other semi-final match tomorrow, Yevgeniy Timoshenko will take on consummate WSOP pro Eric Froehlich.

Timoshenko has been on an incredible run of his own over the last few years with wins at APT Macau in 2008, the WPT World Championship in 2009 and a second place finish at the PartyPoker World Open VI. He has over $3.5 million in earnings since 2007. 

His competition, Eric Froehlich, has over $1.5 million in lifetime tournament earnings but was truly dominant in 2005-2006 when he won back-to-back WSOP bracelets. 

Froehlich’s last significant final table came at the WPT World Poker Finals at Foxwoods when he placed fourth to win $232k.

Action will resume in the $25k Heads-Up Championship tomorrow at 2 p.m. The plan is to complete two rounds, which means one player will be walking away with an extra $851,192 in their pocket.

The 2011 WSOP continues through July 19. For comprehensive coverage live from Las Vegas check PokerListings’ Live Updates and News.

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