When play stopped last night in the high roller just seven of the field of 84 (including reloads) remained. And leading them was Sweden’s Joel Nordkvist. He stands to double his career earnings if he wins the €288,000 first prize. But in his way are some of the fiercest of opponents.
Nordkvist bagged up 1,205,000 last night, nearly 400,000 more than second placed Benny Spindler. Spindler, the reigning EPT London champion and forever seemingly ambivalent at the table, closed on 844,000 which was several hundred thousand ahead of the rest.
Here’s how they lined up at the start:
1. Kent Roed – 317,000
2. Benny Spindler – 844,000
3. Joseph Cheong – 392,000
4. Joel Nordkvist – 1,205,000
5. Keven Stammen – 744,000
6. Igor Kurganov – 318,000
7. Philipp Gruissem – 460,000
The sight of Philipp Gruissem at the final is the least surprising part of the final. When it comes to high rollers Gruissem is a master, with two wins (London and Barcelona, three thirds and a fourth.
The others are hardly pushovers. Cheong is a WSOP main event finalist, Stammen is a former bracelet winner and Kurganov has finished runner up twice in recent high rollers, one of those to Gruissem. Only Roed is relatively unknown.
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