WSOP Event #27: With friends like these...

wsop2009_thn.gifAlex Kravchenko was in positive mood as he unbagged and stacked up his 267,000 chips for the final of the $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better. He's a man of few expressions, but he cracked a smile when Roland de Wolfe sat down on his right, and Andy Black on his left.

"These two are my friends," Kravchenko told me. "I'm going to bust him first," he said, pointing at Brit de Wolfe before turning to Ireland's black and adding, "then I'm going to bust him."


Alex Kravchenko

Team PokerStars Pro Kravchenko is having a good WSOP so far, with two cashes, but today he's after his second career bracelet and the $246,616 first prize.

The table is awash with talent, however, although the Russian will take that in his stride. "I'm feeling really good," he said.

Here are the chips as they started today's final:

Scott Clements, 801,000
Anthony Lellouche, 533,000
Roland De Wolfe, 386,000
Alex Kravchenko, Team PokerStars Pro, 267,000
Brett Richey, 238,000
John Racener, 214,000
Armando Ruiz II, 192,000
Andrew Black, 182,000
Robert Campbell, 152000


As this final table got under way, day one of the $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha was in full swing. Early eliminations, however, for Team Pros Greg Raymer, Gavin Griffin and Barry Greenstein, who signed a copy of his book for the victor...


Barry Greenstein signs Ace on the River for his opponent