John O’Shea Leads WPT Championship; Williams, Benyamine, Nguyen Lurk

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The 2010 WPT Championship is shaping up to be one of the best TV final tables in a long time.

With 10 players remaining, eight are legit, recognizable names. Leading the way is not one of those, as John O’Shea from Ireland claimed the chip lead on the last few hands of play, stacked at 3,174,000.

Scotty Nguyen is second overall, after flopping top set (9’s) against one-time chip leader David Williams‘ pocket 10’s. Despite his “I bruff you wif eight-free” hand from the 2003 WSOP, Nguyen is probably the tightest player on tour. As Gavin Smith commented to us when they were all-in, “If Scotty is all-in against David after the flop, there’s a 100% chance he’s got the best hand.” Nguyen is sitting with 2,637,000.

David Benyamine is third at 2,561,000, and the aforementioned David Williams (above, vlogging, stoked on Blue Diamond Almonds here) is still fourth at 2,459,000.

Also remaining are Billy Baxter (2,429,000), Eric Baldwin (2,130,000), Johnny “Cliff Josephy” Bax (1,269,000), Shawn Buchanan (1,087,000), Nikolay Evdakov (922,000), and a free-falling-in-the-last-30-mins-of-play Phil Hellmuth (839,000).

Follow the actionTM starting at 3pm ET here.


2 Responses

  1. James

    April 23, 2010 12:12 pm, Reply

    is there a backup (larger) tv table when Benyamine makes a final table? Seems it would be expensive to accommodate him.

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