Betfair WSOPE Main Event 2009

The Betfair WSOPE Main Event 2009 saw a total of 334 players paying the £10.000 buy in creating a total prize pool of £3.340.000 with an astonish £801.603 to the event winner. 36 players in total will be paid with the first player in the money taking home a little more than double the buy in (£21.142).

Big names turning up

The tournament saw one after another high profile poker player turn up at the registration area for both Day 1A and 1B and out of the remaining 186 players in the tournament tons of world class players are seen in the top 20.

Brian Powell 194600
Jason Mercier 189725
Sami Kelopuro 168925
Viktor Blom 163175
Jonathan Aguiar 160100
Steve Zolotow 160000
Martin Hansen 152775
Christian Harder 134125
Praz Bansi 130000
Antoine Saout 121000
Tommy Pavlicek 119825
Noah Boeken 118000
Richard Grace 116850
Ram Vaswani 110000
John Kabbaj 104500
John Tabatabai 85800
Daniel Negreanu 82450
Matt Hawrilenko 82000
Antonio Esfandiari 78000
Keith ‘The Camel’ … 76000

Sami “Lars Luzak” Kelopuro is one of the most famous cash game players in the world often playing the high stakes PLO tables at Full Tilt Poker. In live tournament poker he has still to get his break through but being third in chips and with a hyper aggressive style the WSOPE might be the time where Lars Luzak finally will be recoqnized in the poke rtournament world as well. However it is only day 1 who has been concluded and with very strong tournament professionals the Finnish high stakes player will need to find his best game to outlast players like Jason Mercier, Martin Bjerring Hansen, Betfair Poker sponsored player John Tabatabai and John Kabbaj who had a fantastic WSOP where he won $633.355 and a bracelet in Pot Limit Holdem outlasting a field of 275 players.

Viktor Blom

Another notable name remaining in the tournament is Viktor Blom who is known from online poker as Blom90 who also is known to play an extremely aggressive game. Kelopuro and Blom at the featured table is something railbirds would be delighted to have the chance to watch as this would create some real fireworks where it will be interesting to see the rest of the table’s response to a Scandinavian raising fight.

The stage is set for an interesting Day 2 at the World Series of Poker Europe when play commence tomorrow afternoon in London and we predict that the Danish tournament professional poker player Martin Bjerring Hansen and Antoine Saout, member of the November 9, will survive and be tough contestants for the bracelet, the prestigious title and £800.000.


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