Vaswani, De Wolfe tangle at Poker Masters

Ram Vaswani

Four are in. Two are left to make it to the exclusive final table at the 36-player Betfair.com Poker Masters of Europe.

But they may very well have saved the best for last, with <a href="/poker-player_ram-vaswani">Ram Vaswani</a>, <a href="/poker-player_roland-de-wolfe">Roland De Wolfe</a>, <a href="/poker-player_tony-guoga">Tony Guoga</a> and <a href="/poker-player_juha-helppi">Juha Helppi</a> all yet to play.

Just two heats are left in the six-player, six-table shootout format, and while quality players have been in the mix, the real fireworks - and the eventual winner - may come from the bigger names ready to hit the felt today.

Set to play in Heat 5: Ben Grundy, Roland De Wolfe, Marc Goodwin, Ram Vaswani, Jan Olav Sjavik, and online qualifier Peter Smyth.

In Heat 6: Thomas Bihl, Juha Helppi, Ben Roberts, Vicky Coren, Tony Guoga, and online qualifier Soren Bakfort.

Action got underway in the inaugural event Friday in London, with six online qualifiers in the exclusive 36-player field drawn from some of the best rounders in Europe and Asia.

And although the odds looked stacked against them from the get-go, with Hendon mobsters Barny and Ross Boatman, WSOP bracelet winner Willie Tann and stalwart pro Thomas Wahlroos among the players in the first four heats, two of the final table seats have surprisingly been taken by the Internet qualifiers.

Self-trained Welsh player Steve Cordy took out Barny Boatman and Liam Flood, among others, in Heat 2 and fellow online runner Richard Collier knocked off Bengt Sonnert and Ross Boatman, among others, to take Heat 3 Saturday.

Rounding out the four already in are Roy "The Boy" Brindley, who outlasted Tann in Heat 1, and Swedish player William Thorsen, known for placing 13th in the WSOP Main Event in 2006, who took out Wahlroos in Heat 4.

The six-player final table goes tomorrow at the famed Riverside Studios, with play being filmed for broadcast on Sky Sports at the end of the month.

Buy-in was €7,500, so the winner's check is expected to be in the neighborhood of $120,000.

For all the details and a complete list of invitees, visit Betfair Poker.

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