Andrew Pantling from Toronto Leads Final Table at WSOPE Event #1


Andrew Pantling WSOPEDay 2 of the opening event at the World Series of Poker Europe, a £2,650 buy-in Six Handed No Limit Hold’em, was completed Wednesday night. The final six players move on to Day 3 with Andrew Pantling in a commanding chip lead.

Thirty-one players from the 244 field returned Wednesday in hopes of making the first WSOPE final table of 2010 and fighting for their share of a £610,000 ($978,000 CAD) prize pool. Andrew Pantling started the day as chip leader with 106,100, and although he lost his lead during the early part of the day, he regained it near the end securing his position going into Thursday’s final table as the chip leader with a massive 627,000 in chips, 259 thousand more than the next player. Phil Laak who is still recovering from a recent all terrain vehicle accident is sitting 3rd place with a broken arm going into the Day 3 final table.

Many famous Poker Pros who played in this event were eliminated early without cashing including Phil Ivey, Howard Lederer, Chris Ferguson, Phil Hellmuth, Michael Mizrachi, Barry Greenstein, Antonio Esfandiari, Erik Seidel, John Juanda, and Tom Dwan.

The next best Canadian finish was Kayvan Payman of North Vancouver who finished 23rd to earn £5,624, just making the bubble which pays the top 24 players. Other Canadians playing in this event were Scott Montgomery and Sorel Mizzi, both from Ontario as well as Erik Cajelais, Yann Dion and Rudy Blondeau, all from Quebec.

The final table for Day 3 is as follows:

Seat 1: Willie Tann (London, UK) 72,000  
Seat 2:  Chris Bjorin (London, UK) 368,500  
Seat 3:  Phil Laak (Las Vegas, NV, USA) 317,000  
Seat 4: Andrew Pantling  (Toronto, ON Canada) 627,000   chipleader
Seat 5:  Ilan Rouah (Strasbourg, France) 200,000  
Seat 6: David Peters (Toledo, OH USA) 251,500  

The final six will square off at 2 PM on Thursday with top spot getting £170,802 ($274,000 CAD) and the much sought-after WSOPE bracelet and the 6th place finisher going home with £23,900 ($38,000 CAD).

The question is whether Andrew can stay at the top for a third consecutive day to win the first bracelet of the 2010 WSOPE.

Andrew Pantling is originally from Toronto but now lives in tiny Malta working in the online gaming industry and playing poker. He has previously won tournaments on the European Poker Tour circuit and has amassed almost $500,000 in career earnings.

Good Luck Andrew…

(photo credit GreasieWheels)


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