The 2011 WSOPE final table has been set, with just eight players remaining in the tournament. Chip leader is Elio Fox with 3.99 million chips, while Patrik Antonius was unlucky to be eliminated in ninth place.
The 2011 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event has reached the final table after the starting field was reduced to eight players last night.
Following a record signup from 539 players, the Main Event was yesterday reduced to just 25 players, with a number of big names still alive at the tables.
Throughout the day the 25 survivors played down to the eight-player final table, in the process losing players like Erik Seidel, John Eames, John Duthie, Liv Boeree and Tony G.
Other casualties included Arnaud Matter, whose aces fell short to Elio Fox's pocket tens to send the Frenchman out in 10th place, and Patrik Antonius
, who suffered a bad beat of historical dimensions to finish his tournament life in ninth place, just one seat from the final table.
Antonius was among the chip leaders at the time, but lost nearly all of his stack as his A-Q ran into Chris Moorman's A-7. With both players being all-in preflop, the board ran out
to give Moorman the pot and reduce Antonius to dust.
Soon after, the Finn was out in ninth place, good for €90,000.
Topping the chip counts ahead of today's final table, however, is Elio Fox, who finished his day with 3.99 million chips.
He will be followed by Jake Cody in second with 2.65 million, Dermot Blain in third with 2.40 million, and Chris Moorman in fourth with 2.23 million.
Brian Roberts is fifth with 2 million, followed by Max Silver in sixth with 1.82 million and Moritz Kranich in seventh with 1.66 million.
Finally, Shawn Buchanan, who has already made one runner-up finish this year at the WSOPE, will be the short stack with 1.01 million.
Buchanan will also be one of two players alongside Moorman, who will have the chance to topple Ben Lamb for the WSOP Player of The Year award.
Both Buchanan and Moorman will have enough points to take the title, should one of them win the WSOPE Main Event in Cannes.
Final table play is set to begin 13.45 CET today, with a winner expected to be found later tonight.
All final tablists are already sure to take home at least €115,000, while the winner can look forward to snatching up a €1.4 million first prize, as well as a place int the WSOPE history books and the golden bracelet.