November 10, 2008
The two most aggressive players at the final table have made it to the final two. If you don’t want to know who they are stop reading now.
Peter Eastgate and Ivan Demidov make the historic heads up battle interesting to watch from a technical standpoint. Danes vs Russia. 80 mil in chips v. 60 mil in chips. Lots of play, and two players that you can watch to actually learn a thing or two from. I would have liked to see Chino make it heads up, because he really seems to have a solid game, but these two guys will battle it out for sure.
Ivan Demidov was all in vs. Chino before the final table with 9’s v 10’s – and four flushed it ftw. But he seems to have the respect of the ‘name pros’ and why not – he made the final table of the WSOPE main event as well. Beast mode! He pushes his stack around, and definitely plays to win.
Eastgate – when 10 handed, opens AK, gets flatted by late position, then Marquis goes bonkers and ships it with AQ – Eastgate made a disciplined lay down preflop – made the final 9, and played solid aggressive poker, while winning most flips, and making huge hands to knock people out. Running good is fun.
I hope Eastgate wins, as it would make him the youngest main event winner, and thereby taking that claim away from Hellmuth. GLGLGLGL.
August 23, 2008
And should we care?
I’ve been a fan of this new proposed ‘final table’ structure for the WSOP Main Event, mainly because I think it presents an opportunity for casual fans to become more interested in the game. Which at the end of the day, is the main reason poker is a viable occupation for some people. New blood feeds this economy and anyone that tells you different is lying. Not to mention, the ‘rake’ being taken out of the economy by online sites, harrah’s, wsop, wpt, vegas, espn, etc needs to be replaced…you could argue some of these properties bring endorsement money value in as well, but it is such a small percentage of the total community that it is most certainly an overall net loss. Sorry, I digress…
Originally, I was hoping the final table people would have some interesting stories (and perhaps there still are a few diamonds in the rough) but overall, there are not any super star tv personalities. I wanted to see some 24/7 style De La Hoya type reality show…but I’m not convinced these guys have enough fire power to fuel that type of show.
So we have this cast of characters about to tee-off for the biggest single table sng of their lives…who are they:
Chip leader: Dennis Phillips – chip count: 27M – seat 1 – he’s an account manager for a trucking company. Says that regardless of what happens in November, he isn’t going to quit his job. We’ll see. This is his first major poker tournament cash, and got into the WSOP ME through a satellite at his local casino. While his chip count (and bookies) would say he has the best chance of winning…I wouldn’t bet on it.
Ivan Demidov – chip count: 24.4M – seat 7 – A fairly close second to Phillips this will be Demidov’s second cash of the 2008 WSOP as he took 11th place in Event 44 NL w Rebuys for $39,854. Demidov hails from Moscow, Russia. He started playing poker two years ago.
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