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    Friday, October 21st, 2011 by Ryan

There is nothing better in the world of a poker fan than the stretch from the end of October to the middle of November. While the World Series of Poker occurs during June and July, you’ll find that this stretch from the end of October and beginning of November features the World Series of Poker Europe’s Championship Event, as well as the November Nine of the WSOP in early November. Currently though, we just rounded out the WSOPE Championship Event, and it was an incredible final table that featured some big names and some excellent play as well. In the end, the heads up battle went on for an incredible 200 hands before a champion was finally crowned, and it saw Elio Fox win the gold bracelet by knocking off Chris Moorman.

The 2011 Championship Event at the WSOPE broke the record for attendance with an impressive 593 total players. The €10,400 buy-in event drew a prize pool of €5,692,800, and paid out an impressive €1,400,000 to the winner of the event.

As the players got down to the final nine, and were one player away from the final table; it was actually one of the most well-known players in the game who ended up being the final table bubble boy. Patrik Antonius ran his A-10 into the pocket Ace’s of Moorman, who sent Antonius home in 9th place. The final table then began with the chip leader being Fox with 3.99 million chips, and Shawn Buchanan sitting in 8th with 1.015 million chips. All other players were in-between those numbers in chips, with Jake Cody sitting in 2nd, Dermot Blain in 3rd, Moorman in 4th, Brian Roberts in 5th, Max Silver in 6th, and Moritz Kranich in 7th.

The eliminations started off quickly with Silver being eliminated after ten hands in eighth place. After that though, it was a long stretch of 75 hands before another player was eliminated, sending Jake Cody to the rail in 7th place. It was none other than Fox who eliminated Cody, and this left him with around 50% of the chips.

Blain then went out in 5th, and it set up a final four between Moorman, Fox, Kranich, and Roberts. Moorman knocked out Roberts in 4th, and that was followed up by the elimination of Kranich by Fox in 3rd place.

When heads up play began, it was Fox with around a 2 to 1 chip lead over his opponent. Fox never gave an inch though, and after a good amount of heads up play, he found Moorman all in with A-7 against his A-10. His better kicker held up, and he sent Moorman home in second place with a nice €800,000 consolation prize.

The story of the event was Fox’s dominating play at the final table, and he took down his gold bracelet and the €1,400,000 first place prize as well.

Attention now shifts to the World Series of Poker November Nine which will kick off on the 6th of November, and wind down the WSOP events for this summer.

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