31Jan
WSOP Heads Up Championship Elite Eight Finally Set

The WSOP Heads Up Championship certainly has a huge chance to be epic in the best sense of the word. There are just so many possibilities for an interesting match up between the remaining players. 32 went back to play for Day 2, but now the field has dwindled down to the last eight players. Most interesting among them, perhaps, is Gus Hansen, who looks set to take a WSOP bracelet to make his list of 2011 achievements even more impressive.

The Stage is Set

Hansen might be the biggest story in Event #2 at the WSOP, but he surely won’t be having an easy time getting to the very top. He’s got some very tough opponents ahead of him, namely Yevgeniy Timoshenky and Jake Cody. Among the others who managed to make it into final eight were Anthony Guetti, Matt Marafioti, Eric Froehlich, Nikolay Edvakov, and David Paredes. Guetti and Cody will be facing off, as are Hansen and Marafioti. Paredes and Timoshenko will also be facing off against each other, and also Froehlich and Evdakov. As such, Hansen’s only three battles away from his second WSOP bracelet – the first one he got at the WSOPE back in 2010.

Eliminated Pros

Of course, these eight players had to eliminate some very tough opponents to get to where they are. Play on Day 2 actually lasted for more than 9 hours. In fact, it was midnight when the players went home, the elite eight finally decided. Gus Hansen was actually the last of the eight to get in. He was fighting Dwan for a seat at the elite eight. Other players who were eliminated just before the elite eight were formed include John Juthie, Jonathan Jaffe, and Oliver Busquet. At least these people finished in the money and earned a prize of $67,436. Those who made it into the final eight are already guaranteed to win a prize of $138,852. The winner will be taking home a prize of $851,192. That’s quite huge by the standards of this particular event, mainly because this year’s buy in broke all records. There were fewer players who joined, but the $10,000 buy-in was increased to $25,000, so the prize pool generated was more than $3 million.

Indeed, it’s going to be interesting to watch how the final few battles will play out. No doubt everybody’s watching to see if Hansen wins.

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