2012 World Series of Poker Europe

Event #7: €10,450 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event
Tage: 5

Final Table Chip Leader Phil Hellmuth Looks to Capture Bracelet #13 & WSOP POY in Cannes, France!

Phil Hellmuth
Phil Hellmuth

For the past two weeks, the 2012 World Series of Poker Europe has played out at the luxurious Majestic Barrière in Cannes, France. Now we’re down to the final day, and to say they’ve saved the best for last would be an understatement. The €10,450 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event began with a field of 420 players, but after four days of cutthroat play we’re down to the final table of eight, which is headlines by none other than the chip leader and 12-time bracelet winner—Phil Hellmuth.

Not only is the “Poker Brat” looking to capture bracelet #13, which would make him the only multiple-bracelet winner in 2012, but will win the WSOP Player of the Year title if he manages to take down the Main Event and Greg Merson doesn't win the October Nine Main Event at the end of the month. Either a second, third or fourth-place finish will also give Hellmuth a legitimate shot at the POY title.

Day 4 action saw some big names fall including 2005 WSOP runner-up Steve Dannenmann; high-stakes legend David Benyamine; former EPT winners Liv Boeree and Toby Lewis; last year’s 8th-place finisher Max Silver; the always-entertaining Scott Seiver; and two-time bracelet winner Andy Frankenberger. With that said, a few big names managed to make the final table including two-time bracelet winner Jason Mercier and 2012 November Niner Joseph Cheong.

Here’s a look at the final table chip counts:

2012 WSOP Europe Final Table

1Paul Tedeschi543,000
2Joseph Cheong1,966,000
3Stephane Albertini1,162,000
4Christopher Brammer851,000
5Jason Mercier652,000
6Sergii Baranov3,339,000
7Phil Hellmuth3,434,000
8Stephane Girault664,000

Play will resume today at 13:45 PM CET. Due to live television scheduling, the players will play until four players remain and then take a break until 21:45 PM CET where they will resume and play until a winner emerges. Be sure to stay tuned to PokerNews as we provide updates from the exciting conclusion to one of the most prestigious events of the year!

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