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On to Day 6 and 10 handed FT of WPT Championship with 3.155 Million

by Shannon Shorr |  Published: Apr 24, '09

I'm on to day 6 of the WPT Championship with 3.155 million. The average is 3.38 million, and I'll enter the final table 5th of 10 in chips. Tomorrow we'll play down to the televised final table of 6 players. It will be a grind, and I can only hope for the best. I doubled up fairly early on today with KhKd vs Andy Miller's AQcc AIPF for a 2.4 million chip pot at 15/30k (4k). I was as nervous as I've been in a very, very long time upon the dealer spreading the flop. The board came Q324x. That was the only pot of real significance over the 4.5 hours of poker we played today. The remaining field is pretty damn tough. That is kinda to be expected with such a great structure though in a $25,000 dollar buy-in event.This is a near once in a lifetime opportunity to be playing for the title in the WPT Championship, so I am as focused as ever and am in tune with the magnitude of the situation. Seat 1 - Justin Young - 4,220,000 Seat 2 - Elky Grospellier - 1,965,000 Seat 3 - Bruno Fitoussi - 1,615,000 Seat 4 - Scotty Nguyen - 5,880,000 Seat 5 - Brian Rast - 3,025,000 Seat 6 - Eugene Katchalov - 2,385,000 Seat 7 - Shannon Shorr - 3,155,000 Seat 8 - Yevgeniy Timoshenko - 5,105,000 Seat 9 - Christian Harder - 4,650,000 Seat 10 - Ran Azor - 1,810,0000 I was lucky to draw position on Eugene Katchalov and Brian Rast. EK and BR are (in my opinion) the best raw NLHE players at the table and I have an incredible amount of respect for both. I was unlucky to be to the right of the combined 42 years of age of online poker standouts Yevgeniy "Atimos" Timoshenko and Christian "charder30" Harder. I've enjoyed meeting both of these guys over the last couple days and expect huge things from them in the coming years. Obviously Justin Young, Elky, Bruno and Scotty's accomplishments speak for themselves, and it sucks to have them at the table. The guy Ran Azor is from Israel, is a nice guy, and is the only real "unknown" at the table. It's always cool to see what cast of characters you have at your final tables. I was talking to Justin about that tonight. You feel a sort of bond with them for the subsequent months after the tournament, especially when it's a tournament this large (not that I've been that deep in tournaments this big). The payouts for the tournament are as follows: 1 $2,149,960 2 $1,446,265 3 $776,245 4 $571,965 5 $408,550 6 $285,985 7 $204,275 8 $163,420 9 $130,735 10 $98,050 Additionally, I did two interviews this afternoon. You can find one I did with Kristy Arnett here and one that I did with Amanda Leatherman a few updates down the page here. SS

Shannon Shorr is a professional poker player from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He finished fourth in the Card Player 2006 Player of the Year race. You can follow his progress at

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