EPT Barcelona: Meet the final six
Six of the best
Why have one nickname when you can have two? Australian/Italian professional Jeff Lisandro has gone by a couple of alias in his time - Iceman and Comet - and is a fearsome cash-game player as well as a familiar face on the pro-tournament circuit.
Lisandro made his first final table appearance in a WSOP event in 1997, and has made world poker's premier championship a happy hunting ground, with 15 money finishes.
He scaled the heights in the WSOP main event this year, finishing 17th - his best ever placing, pocketing $659,730 - but that would be eclipsed if he landed the 691k euro first prize here.
In May 2005, he won the $10,000 no-limit HE World Series of Poker circuit event at Lake Tahoe, defeating Phil Ivey in the final heads-up battle to win the $540k prize. Lisandro rates Ivey as the best player in the world. They meet again today...
Poker superstars don't come much bigger than Phil Ivey - and he's making the most of his debut on the European Poker Tour. The 30-year-old American is fast becoming one of the most successful tournament players in history - with a WSOP record that now stands at 24 cashes, five bracelets, after bursting on the scene in 2002 with a treble-bracelet show in Vegas. He's a cash-game Goliath too - a regular in the 'big game' at the Bellagio, and rumoured to have taken $16m out of a three-day heads-up Limit HE clash with Texas billionaire Andy Beal in February this year. Fearless and frightening.
Joakim, 42, from Gothenburg, Sweden is better known in his native country as a TV presenter. He has hosted travel, sports, poker and game shows for the last 15 years, including a Swedish version of gameshow Don't Forget Your Toothbrush. Joakim, who is married with three children, has been a keen online player for six years and took up live play (both cash and tournaments) three years ago. He is a co-founder of the popular Swedish online community Prosharks which now has 6,000 members. He came 17th at the Season 2 Barcelona EPT winning 10,400 euro.
David Daneshgar, 25, lives in Los Angeles and turned professional last year. He has an impressive list of cashes behind him already, including $110,000 in the WPT event in LA last month, and $200,000 in a $2,500 NL event in LA in March. He used to work in investments, and is planning to re-invest some of his winnings here to enter the EPT in London next week.
Bjorn-Eric is no stranger to the EPT, he was 19th in the Scandinavian Open during EPT season II. He's already outshone that performance and is guaranteed to take his biggest ever cash result back to Oppegard, Norway. Rumour has it that he's a chess player of serious quality - he'll need to be.
Sometimes based in the seaside town of Southend, England, so he'll be well at home here 'del mar' in Barcelona - the rain won't bother him. A familiar face from the UK circuit, but this is shaping into his biggest tournament ever.