Event #5: €10,400 No-Limit Hold'em (Split Format)

Table of Instantaneous Annihilation

• Nivå 8: 300-600, 75 ante

As far as fields go, the crowd that assembled for this Mixed-Max event was about as good as it gets. It's a veritable who's-who of poker in here right now, and we'd venture to say we know about 80-90% of the players who began the day. Still, there are a couple particularly tough spots in the room, and Table 6 is pretty much all of them.

Just look at this lineup that's seated over there right now.

SeatPlayerChips
1Tony G41,000
2James Bord11,000
3Carlos Mortensen54,000
4Andrew Robl59,000
5Bruno Fitoussi78,000
6Erik Seidel75,000
7Sam Stein76,000
8Michael Mizrachi87,000
9David Benyamine33,000

The nine of those men have 14 bracelets between them, along with nearly $60 million in combined career tournament cashes -- $58,379,464, if you're scoring at home. Three of those gentleman (Seidel, Mizrachi, Mortensen) have more than $10 million to their credit, and that's a pretty tough table to try and escape from. Even Seidel was lamenting his plight as he joined the table with his rack of chips a moment ago. After hinting that he'd be unlikely to play many pots, he glanced up at the clock and said, "I hope I can survive for another 36 minutes."