In recent minutes, Bodo has come through the runner-up heat, beating online qualifier Patrick Funke. The heads-up was dubbed the ‘Funke Bodo’, in tribute to nightclub ‘The Funky Buddha’ that is opposite the casino.
Talking of funky buddhas, ‘Mad Monk’ Andy Black is also at the final table – joining Phil Laak, Jennifer Tilly, Austrian online qualifier Jan Veit and Luke ‘FullFlush’ Schwartz.
Organisers are hoping for no trouble when Schwartz turns up after he found himself barred from the casino when he arrived for his heat on Sunday.
It’s a great mix of personalities on the final table pitting very different styles against each other in the fight for the $250,000 top prize. One thing to llok out for in particular isto see how Tilly and Laak approach the game. Will they play as normal ignoring the fact that they are a couple or will they shy away from betting against each other in the early stages.
Obviously, we’re not suggesting there will be any collusion but it will create an interesting and highly unusual dynamic at the final table. The other competitors will also be weighing up how to take advantage of the situation, can they distract the duo with their comments at the table or engender hands that force the two to play off against each other.
whatever happens we are in for a treat tonight, this is one of the most star studded final tables we have ever had at a PartyPoker tournament, and with the new triple stack format we’re guaranteed some great poker.
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PartyPoker.com World Open V – The Final Table
Luke ‘FullFlush’ Schwartz