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De Wolfe and Tony G win through after heads-up play-offs

The final table is set at the Premier League III. JC Tran goes through to the final table as chip leader and league winner with a 450,000 stack in a fantastic week that saw him pick up three first places and two second places. Second in chips is 2008 WSOP Main Event champion Peter Eastgate with 390,000. Season one winner Juha Helppi is third with 340,000. Sitting in joint fourth place at the start of the final table is Tom ‘Durrr’ Dwan and Tony G, who both sit with 260,000. The short stack is Roland De Wolfe with 230,000. The deep-stacked final table starts with blinds at 2k-4k.

How it went down

Tran, Eastgate, Helppi and Dwan all qualified automatically for the final table from their positions in the league table. Dwan and Tony G both finished with 26 points but ‘Durrr’ got the automatic spot based on his superior league record.

In the heads-up qualifiers De Wolfe beat Annette Obrestad 2-0 to secure his seat at the grand finale, while Tony G beat Vicky Coren 2-0 to fix his place. Both De Wolfe and Tony G made the final table in season two with De Wolfe eventually finishing runner-up to champion Andy Black and Tony G finishing third. Premier League III has not been so kind to Phil Hellmuth. He still holds the record of winning four heats in the Premier League but has been unable to replicate the form that led him to dominate season one.

Also relegated were defending champion Black, Nenad Medic and David ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott. The final heats were particularly difficult for De Wolfe and Coren, who both had to play tight and hope other players busted themselves to secure enough points to finish in the final eight.

Final Premier League III standings:

45 points – JC Tran
39 – Peter Eastgate
34 – Juha Helppi
26 – Tom Dwan

26 – Tony G
25 – Annette Obrestad
23 – Roland De Wolfe
22– Vicky Coren

21 – Phil Hellmuth
16 – Andy Black
17 – Nenad Medic
6 – Devilfish

Final table line-up
Seat 1 – Tom Dwan (USA) 260,000
Seat 2 – Juha Helppi (FIN) 340,000
Seat 3 – Tony G (AUS) 260,000
Seat 4 – Roland De Wolfe (UK) 230,000
Seat 5 – JC Tran (USA) 450,000
Seat 6 – Peter Eastgate (DEN) 390,000

Final table prize money
1st – $300,000
2nd – $150,000
3rd – $80,000
4th – $50,000
5th – $40,000
6th – $30,000
Total prize pool $1.25 million


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