The World Series of Poker Europe does not attract nearly the number of participants that the US version draws, but that does not mean that players still do not travel across the globe to make an appearance and compete. The main event final table is an example of just how far poker players will go to win a tournament.
The main event was the largest ever in the five year history of the WSOPE. Over 590 players entered the tournament, creating the largest prize fund in the history of the event, which this year is being held in Cannes, France. The final table is dominated by UK and US players.
Five of the eight players remaining come from either the US or the UK. Three are from England, while the other two are from New York, New York, and Ridgeville, Indiana, respectively. Elio Fox from New York is the chip leader coming down the stretch, with 3,990,000 chips.
Jake Cody, from the UK, is second, with 2,685,000, and Dermot Blain, of Ireland, is sitting in the third position with just over 2.4 million chips. The other two players not from the US or UK are on the verge of disaster at the final table. Moritz Kranich of Germany, and Shawn Buchanan of Canada, are both under 1.7 million chips, and are trying to hold on to their tournament lives.
The difference between finishing the tournament first or eighth is large. The winner will receive 1,400,000, while the eighth place finisher will gain 115,000. The top four players will all receive over 400,000. The bubble players who ended their tournaments in ninth and tenth took home 90,000.
The European version of the WSOP is only a prelude to the final table that will occur in November back in November. The US main event will have its November Nine return to the Rio and battle it out for over $8 million. Martin Staszko of the Czech Republic will be the chip leader when the tournament resumes, with 40,175,000 chips.