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Joshua Tieman has nine previous WSOP cashes totaling $149,397. This is his third WSOP final table, he finished 3rd in a $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event in 2006 for $52,525 and finished 9th in another $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event last year for $17,045.
This is Stuart Rutter's first WSOP final table and third WSOP cash. Less than two weeks ago he won the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour £1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event for £41,910 ($60,893). If he finishes higher than 6th place today he will best his previous largest cash of $85,048 for placing 3rd in a €2,850 Helsinki No-Limit Hold'em Main Event.
Brent Hanks resides right here in Las Vegas, Nevada after moving from Filmore, New York and is better know by his online handle; bhanks11.
In 2008 he took down the famous PokerStars Sunday Million tournament for $278,065 and his biggest live cash came later that year at his first and only WSOP final table. He took 5th in a $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em event for $178,327
The Frenchman has been a professional poker for a few years now, and is currently based in London.
With six WSOP cashes to his name and over $670,000 in lifetime earnings, Levi is still looking for his breakout victory after many deep runs in events around the world. So far this year Levi has made the money in two European Poker Tour Events as well as the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, but will be hoping add a gold WSOP bracelet and $441,692 to his bankroll.
Easily the most experienced player on the table, Neil Channing boasts career earnings of over $2,400,000 after making the switch from bookmaker to professional poker player.
After spending his formative years on the felt viewed as a donator in live tournaments it wasn’t until 2008 where he broke the shackles to be renowned as one of the United Kingdom’s best players after he took down the €801,400 first prize in the €4,200 Paddy Poker Irish Open.
Will full confidence heading into the 2008 WSOP, Channing managed to snatch seven cashes to take his tally to twenty-one at the start of the 2010 WSOP. Unfortunately for Channing only one of those was at a final table, and with his second today in a format he has had much success in, he will be looking at breaking his drought and becoming the second Englishman to win a bracelet this year.
This is Joseph Elpayaa's second cash here at the 2010 WSOP, he cashed for $3,988 in the Event #3: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em. His biggest live cash came at the EPT PokerStars Carribean Adventure in 2008 where he finished 6th for $300,000. Like Hanks, he may be better known for his online name: bigegypt.
Two days ago, 358 players entered the Pavilion Room at the Rio to play Event #6: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout. The objective was simple; win two tables and you're at the final table.
Day 1, the first obstacle was a ten-handed table. Most of them were stacked with the best live and online players in the world, and after over twelve hours of play the field dwindled from 36 tables to 36 players.
Day 2, six tables produced six winners. Before dinner break, Brent Hanks was the first to advance and then moments later Neil Channing won his table as well. The other four tables dragged past the break.
The next to advance was Nicolas Levi who ousted Blair Hinkle is a tough heads up match. Stuart Rutter and Josh Tieman defeated Julien Nuijten and Danny Estes respectively. Then finally, after a more than five our heads up match, Joe "bigegypt" Elpayaa busted Cary Katz to lock up the last seat at the final table.
Today the six return for a shot at WSOP gold and $441,692.
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