Seidel headlines tough Bellagio Cup final

Erik Seidel
'There are no dead spots.'

After six days of deep-stacked poker at the Bellagio Cup, the legendary Erik Seidel will headline one of the toughest final tables the World Poker Tour has ever seen Sunday.

"Every one of these is special," said the Full Tilt Pro, who will enter his third WPT final table sitting fourth in chips.

"But this is one of the toughest final tables I've ever been a part of. There are no dead spots."

Faraz Jaka followed up a third-place finish in the $5k No-Limit Six-Handed event and three other cashes at the 2009 WSOP taking this tournament by storm in the early going.

Jaka built a huge chip lead on Day 3 that he has yet to surrender and he will come into the final six with 2 million more chips than Justin "Boosted J" Smith, who currently sits second.

Despite the deficit, Smith told PokerListings he's feeling very confident.

"I know all the players really well and I like how they are playing against me," said Smith, who regularly plays in some of the biggest cash games online and live and will be making his first WPT final table appearance. "I really like my chances."

Alec Torelli
'It's not going to be easy.'

In a strange twist of fate, the same man who chopped the FTOPS III Main Event with Smith on Full Tilt in 2007 will come into the final third in chips.

Fresh off a final table appearance at the World Series of Poker and another near miss, Alec "traheho" Torelli said he and Smith have been joking about going one-two again here since they matched up at the same table on Day 3.

"I'm not looking forward to playing heads-up against any of these guys, but I'd love to get heads-up with him again," Torelli said. "Maybe this time I can beat his ass, but it's not going to be easy."

The relatively unknown Christopher Sonesson will come in fifth in chips and the final six is rounded out by Brazilian Team PokerStars Pro and PokerStars Caribbean Adventure fourth-place finisher Alexandre Gomes.

"This is one of the toughest final tables I've ever been a part of," Gomes said. "I'm just happy to be here."

The first event of the World Poker Tour's 2009-2010 schedule, the Bellagio Cup began July 13th with 268 players dropping down the $15k buy-in over two day ones.

Alexandre Gomes
'This is one of the toughest final tables I've ever been a part of.'

As has become the norm at Bellagio, the tournament is as deep stacked as they come with players starting with 60,000 in chips.

Going into the final six Sunday with a $1,187,670 first-place prize hanging in the balance, the average stack size is a little over 2.6 million, blinds will begin in the middle of Level 20 at just 12,000/24,000 and all agree there should be a ton of play left.

"The structure has been so great, it has played so slow," added Seidel, who won a WPT title at Foxwoods in 2008. "Everyone is a top notch player here. It just feels great to have another shot at winning one of these things."

PokerListings will provide comprehensive coverage of the final table on our Live Updates page beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday.

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