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Howard Lederer Makes it to the Final Nine of the WSOPE 5,000 pounds PLO event

Poker pro Howard Lederer made the final 9 at the WSOPE's (World Series of Poker Europe's) 5,000 pounds Pot-Limit Omaha on September 24th, 2009, the poker pro's 25th World Series of Poker final table and his 2nd in the UK capital so far this year.

After finishing in 9th place in the $2,500 Pot-Limit/Omaha tournament just 2 days ago, Lederer will come into Friday's play down 4th in total chips-and almost as excited and happy as the first time he made a World Series final table at the WSOP Main Event in 1987. The winner of the 1,000 euros PLO event at the Finnish Open poker Championships in 2008, Jani Vilmunen holds the lead at a final table filled with Omaha poker veterans.

Joining Vilmunen are Britain's Jeff Kimber, the 2009 World Series of Poker $2,500 PLO runner-up, Hendon Mobster head Ross Boatman, who finished in 4th place in the same poker event, American poker pro Dan Hindin, who finished in 4th place in the 2009 World Series of Poker $5,000 PLO event and Robert Williamson III, a PLO bracelet winner in 2002.

Rounding out the final 9 are Welsh Full Tilt poker pro Roberto Romanello, 2009 Finnish Open Championships main event 2nd place finisher Ville Haavisto and the 10th-place finisher in the main event of the 2009 Helsinki Freezeout, Aaron Kivelio. Lederer, who barely missed a final table appearance in the 2009 World Series of Poker $10,000 PLO World Championship, finishing in 12th place, stated that he really enjoys the challenge this variant of poker offers. Lederer said that he likes to have control in a poker game and this type of poker gives him that aspect.

Eager for an opportunity to win his 3rd World Series of Poker bracelet, Lederer said that he is willing to balance how he plays the game and he is exercising more patience. A well-known student of Zen philosophy, Lederer stated that he applies its teachings at the poker table even when there is a WSOP bracelet on the line. He added that it helps him make good decisions in the game.


11/10/2009 23:14 PM