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Ivey, Isildur1 Out as WSOPE ME Final Set
The World Series of Poker Europe main event began with a who’s who of poker, but will end Tuesday with a final table roster full of players the causal poker fan has likely never heard of.
While stars like Phil Ivey, Viktor “Isildur1” Blom and a host of others littered the leader board coming into Monday’s final 22, they all hit the rail as the field was whittled down to nine.
San Diego’s Dan Fleyshman, CEO of upstart site Victory Poker, will have the chip lead heading into the final.
And with most of the best poker players in the world already on the sidelines, he’s feeling confident despite having just a little more than $100k in career tournaments earnings built mostly with $1k buy-in events and under.
“It is the toughest field hands down on the planet,” he said. “But when I go in I don’t want to spend £10,000 and not expect to win, so I’m not shocked, but it is really cool to be the chip leader.”
The exits of both Blom and Ivey certainly helped.
“The whole time I thought it was going to be me against Phil Ivey and Isildur,” Fleyshman said. “I had this whole dream in my head, it was going to be Viktor Blom and Phil Ivey on this side and it’s almost like smoke was going to be in the room.
“Then when I heard Phil Ivey busted, I went from 300k to 1.5 million just like that because there was nothing to fear anymore. The one guy out of 60 million players in the world, he’s the one guy I was scared of.”
Online pro Ronald Lee, who has a little over $80k in career live tournament earnings, will come into the final nine right behind Fleyshman.
Iowa’s Daniel Steinberg made about $60k in cashes at the 2010 WSOP and will start right behind those two, with the most recognizable pro left in the field hot on his heels.
Winner of an EPT title, WSOP bracelet and WPT title, Roland de Wolfe is the name on the marquee here.
The veteran UK pro has won over $4.8 million throughout his career and is by far the most experienced on the big stage.
The UK’s James Bord has a WSOP final table from this summer on his resume, and will be looking to add to his less than $80k in career earnings coming in just shy of De Wolfe.
Next up is Kentucky’s Brian Powell, who has around four WSOP cashes lifetime and a total of $147,365 in career earnings.
A good friend of Tom “durrrr” Dwan, Powell will enter the final nine sitting sixth in chips.
Following up on his second WSOP final table this past summer, outside of De Wolfe, French Winamax pro Nicolas Levi is likely the most notable player in the final nine.
Levi has $765,805 in earning coming into the final, with his previous biggest score being a seventh-place finish at EPT Dortmund back in 2007.
He’ll come in jostling for position with the shorter stacks, including Italian Fabrizio Baldassari, who has a couple of EPT cashes and some small Italian results on his resume adding up to $102k in tournament earnings, and Frencham Marc Inizan, who made third at EPT Berlin earlier this year earning $474,750, an experience that should put him in good steed coming in to the final table.
The £10,350 WSOPE Championship drew a total of 346 players to the Casino at the Empire in London’s Leicester Square creating a £3,460,000 prize pool with £830,401 set aside for first.
All nine finalists are guaranteed at least £69,754.
To follow the final table action, click through to PokerListings’ WSOPE Live Updates.
Here’s how the stacks look coming into Tuesday’s 12 p.m. start:
1 Dan Fleyshman 1,946,000
2 Ronald Lee 1,899,000
3 Daniel Steinberg 1,520,000
4 Roland de Wolfe 1,377,000
5 James Bord 1,331,000
6 Brian Powell 842,000
7 Fabrizio Baldassari 697,000
8 Nicolas Levi 428,000
9 Marc Inizan 349,000