Linton Leads ISPT Wembley Final, Near Miss for Gardner

Alban Juen
Alban Juen will play the final table.

Noted English pro Julian Gardner just missed out on the inaugural ISPT Wembley final table while Peter Linton snatched the overwhelming chip lead.

The final table is made up of lesser-known players but does include French female poker pro Janot Gwendoline and online qualifier Alban Juen, who had been chip leader for the last three days of play.

Linton busted Gardner in ninth place in a massive 3+ million-chip pot.

Gardner, who finished second in the 2002 WSOP Main Event, was extremely unlucky in his final hand. He flopped trip tens, all the chips went into the middle and Linton managed to hit a backdoor flush despite only having ace-high on the flop.

With Gardner eliminated, Gwendoline went on a late heater, eventually fighting her way to 5.8 million chips, good enough for fourth overall.

Everyone is looking up to Linton, however, as he will take a staggering 11 million chips to the final table.

Here’s a look at the complete chip counts heading into the final table:

  • 1. Pete Linton – 11,070,000
  • 2. Alban Juen – 7,615,000
  • 3. Nick Hicks – 6,230,000
  • 4. Gwendoline Janot – 5,880,000
  • 5. Jakub Michalak – 4,825,000
  • 6. Xavier el fassy – 4,555,000

Massive Deal Discussed but No Official Chop Yet

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A final table preview?

As expected at a final table where first place is €1 million and second place is €285,000, there was some discussion on doing a chop when play become nine-handed.

Huge chip leader Linton had no desire to make a deal based on ICM, however, and that essentially nixed any chop for the day. It remains to be seen if there will be a chop at the final table or prior to it.

Every player at the final table has locked up at least €73,000 already.

Day 5 saw pros Freddy Deeb, David “Devilfish” Ulliott and Praz Bansi’s aspirations for the final table crushed relatively early.

In fact they busted in rapid succession with Bansi busting 15th, Ulliott finishing 14th and Deeb going out in 13th. They each received €14,000 for their efforts.

The final table will begin at noon tomorrow local time and someone will become the first ISPT champion in poker history.

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