Hello and welcome to sunny Cannes where in a little under an hour's time the final table of the €3,200 No Limit Hold'em Shootout will take place. By the time play comes to an end later today we will have awarded our fourth bracelet of the series but just who will it go to?
The ten-handed final table is extremely strong and literally anybody could walk away with the coveted gold bracelet and the €182,048 first place prize. Amongst the final ten are British duo Max Silver and James Dempsey, the latter already in possession of a bracelet having won the $1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em event at the 2010 WSOP in Las Vegas.
If either of the Brits are to best the field today they will need to overcome some of the best in the business including but not limited to the online poker superstar Taylor Paur, Michael "SirWatts" Watson, Triple Crown winner Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Tristan Wade, Emil "Whitelime" Patel, EPT London runner-up Steve O'Dwyer and Team PokerStars Pro Richard Toth, and do not forget John Armbrust who may not be a household name but has some impressive results including a 18th place finish in the 2007 WSOP Main Event and a 67th place finish in the 2010 edition.
After some discussion with the players yesterday the tournament director, Jack Effel, has altered the blind structure so that the average stack is closer to 80 big blinds. We are still awaiting confirmation on the exact blinds but we believe the players will start playing to 2,000/3,000 then 2,000/4,000 and then 3,000/6,000/1,000a.
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