$25K High Roller: The last of the high rollers
Players have done their interviews, pre-flight checks and are wired into the final table, sparkling with blues and greens, ready to play. There are never enough pictures to be taken, but once the bank of photographers are done play will commence. In the meantime here's a few more details about today's finalists...
Seat 1 - Humberto Brenes - Team PokerStars Pro - Costa Rica - 423,500
Known as the Godfather of Costa Rican Poker, Brenes is a popular face on the poker scene with an illustrious career in the game. Brenes has over fifty WSOP cashes as well as millions in tournament winnings to his name. A shark enthusiast, Brenes is rarely seen now without his toy shark card protector and wide grin. He starts second in chips today.
Seat 2 - Scott "gunning4you" Seiver - United States - 449,500
Seiver has bracelets in $5k NLHE WSOP event in 2008 and is extremely well known online who plays all the big buy-in live tournaments and middle to high stakes no limit cash games online. He starts today as tournament chip leader.
Seat 3 - Nick Schulman - United States - 99,500 chips
From New York, Schulman was in his early twenties when he won WPT Foxwoods in 2006. Known as TheTakeover online, he has over $3.3million in tournament winnings. Has recorded three further major final tables including 6th in the WSOP $5K no limit hold'em in 2007. He starts today as the short stack.
Seat 4 - Liya Gerasimova - Russia - 259,000
Making her first final table appearance at an EPT or High Roller event, she played the high roller in London but has better her performance there with a cash finish here. From Russia, Gerasimova will be railed by her boyfriend, Ivan Demidov, the PokerStars Six member who finished second in last year's World Series Main event. Gerasimova starts sixth in chips.
Seat 5 - Daniel Alaei - United States - 209,500
Alaei is a high stakes poker player, often seen been on the High Stakes Poker TV series. In 2006 he won the $5k No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball WSOP event, made even more remarkable by the fact he had never played the game before he sat down and had only had a run through with a friend. From the Bay Area, Alaei made the fold of the tournament when he laid down kings to Eli Elezra's aces yesterday. Alaei starts 7th in chips.
Seat 6 - Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier - Team PokerStars Pro - France - 358,000
The Team PokerStars Pro is a formidable internet player before switching to live poker, having turned to the game after a successful gaming career in South Korea. One of the few players to be known simply by his nickname, ElkY took full honours by winning the PCA last year in the Bahamas, a first EPT victory that followed a second place in Copenhagen the year before. ElkY starts today third in chips.
Seat 7 - Will Molson - Canada - 270,500
The Canadian is making his first final table appearance in only his second ever live event. Well versed in the arts of 50-100 up to 100-200 no limit cash games on PokerStars, the 21-year-old is currently a student in Halifax, Nova Scotia, studying for his Bachelor of Arts. Known as Molswi47 on PokerStars busted from the PCA main event late on day one but starts today's final fifth in chips.
Seat 8 - Eli Elezra - United States - 355,500
A famous high stakes poker player Elezra, originally from Israel, won his first WSOP bracelet in 2007 in the $3K Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Split-8 or Better and won as much in side bets along the way as in prize money. Plays in the big game alongside the likes of Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu and Gus Hansen and is also a successful business man in Las Vegas. Today he starts fourth in chips.