EPT11 Grand Final: The grizzled veteran, the young pretender and another Senegalese player

In all the high rollers at all the EPTs we're all but certain there's never been a Senegalese player reach the final table and if you've been following the Main Event coverage you'll know a similar phenomenon is happening there.

What shouldn't come as a surprise is that the two players involved are good mates. With two left in the Main Event Muhyedine Fares has the chip lead and a short hop away Imad Derwiche is one of three players left in the €25,000 High Roller. Unlike his mate, Derwiche doesn't have the beauty of a chip lead but much like Fares he's got top pros standing in his path.

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O'Dwyer - veteran status

In the middle of the pack in the High Roller is Steve O'Dwyer aka the grizzled veteran. The 33-year-old discovered poker at University and has been playing since 2003. To put that in perspective the player with the chip lead at the final table - Charlie Carrel - wasn't even in high school at that point. Not that he's lacks experience in poker of course having finished fifth in the €10,000 High Roller in Malta in March.

What Carrel gives up in years to O'Dwyer he makes up in terms of chips. At the time of writing this is how they stack up:

Charlie Carrel, 7,700,000
Steve O'Dwyer, 1,650,000
Imad Derwiche, 1,400,000

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Charlie Carrel

Follow all the action from the final table of the €10,000 Main Event on the Main Event page. Also watch on EPT Live. The €25,000 High Roller is at its final too, over on the High Roller page. It's also about time you downloaded the EPT app. There you will get all the latest news, chip counts and payouts. You can download it on Android or IOS.

Nick Wright
@PokerStars in European Poker Tour