Seidel Looms Large, Eyes 9th Bracelet at €2k Final Table

Erik Seidel
Erik Seidel

Daniel Negreanu just did it. So did Phil Ivey. So why wouldn't Erik Seidel beat up on a WSOP field outside of the US and snag his next gold bracelet?

Seidel, an 8-time WSOP Vegas bracelet winner, certainly looks like a favorite to repeat the feats of Ivey and Negreanu from this year's WSOP APAC.

The amiable poker veteran has a huge chip lead heading into final-table play in Event #5, €2,200 No-Limit Hold'em.

Towering over his table for much of the day Seidel bagged a massive 711k to put himself in prime position for bracelet #9 when play picks up tomorrow in France.

Watson, Hairabedian, Greenwood Among Hurdles

Big Roger: Still in the hunt.

Even without the massive chip lead it would be hard to derail Seidel from another bracelet but that's the task ahead of his six tablemates.

Online crusher Mike "SirWatts" Watson is one of those seven but he'll have just 156,000 with which to do it.

French poker veteran Roger Hairabedian also earned himself a seat at the final table as did Canadian pro Max Greenwood.

Kevin Song, a WSOP bracelet winner in 1997, is closest to Seidel with 442,000. The final seven and chip counts:

  • 1. Erik Seidel 711,000
  • 2. Kevin Song 442,000
  • 3. Roger Hairabedian 267.000
  • 4. Matan Krakow 204.000
  • 5. Mike Watson 156.000
  • 6. Erwann Pecheux 130,000
  • 7. Max Greenwood 113,000

Tune in tomorrow at 1 pm local time right here on PokerListings for the full cards-up live stream.

Joentausta Leads Schwartz, Laak in Final 29 of Event #6

Phil Laak
Laak: Always solid at WSOPE.

In the other ongoing event Finland's Aku Joentausta grabbed the chip lead with 29 players left in Event #6, €3,250 Pot-Limit Omaha.

Joining Joentausta in the Top 5 are notables Noah Schwartz, fresh from his 4th-place finish in Event #3, and Phil Laak.

Also still in contention are heavyweights Tommy Vedes, Dan Shak, Phil Gruissem, Vitaly Lunkin, Stephen Shidwick, Matt Ashton and Ludovic Lacay.

They'll play down to a final eight tomorrow before calling it quits; follow all the live updates right here on The top 10 in chips:

  • Aku Joentausta 125,900
  • Raj Vohra 110,000
  • Jeremy Joseph 75600
  • Noah Schwartz 67400
  • Phil Laak 62700
  • Jenvik Meinsohn 57600
  • Tommy Vedes 54500
  • Dan Shak 47900
  • Dominykas Karmazinas 41500
  • Phil Gruissem 41400

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