It was only fitting that several wild, action-packed days of poker in Event #47 would be punctuated by an exciting -- and perhaps surprising -- final table.
From 3,128 entrants our final nine came today led by Adam White and Allan Bække, but after more than two hours of play the chip counts had reversed themselves. Down to the short stacks, White and Bække would be the first two to go, followed shortly thereafter by Jason Mann, Ilya Andreev, and Welong Jin.
During that stretch Owen Crowe and Shawn Busse emerged as overwhelming chip leaders, and following the eliminations of Chuan Shi and Pekka Ikonen, they were the two left to battle for the bracelet.
Crowe held a 2-to-1 advantage when heads-up play began, and he increased his edge even further. Then came a timely double-up to bring Busse back to nearly even. Soon after Busse used pocket aces to win most of Crowe's stack, finishing him off a hand later.
Congratulations to Shawn Busse, Event #47 champion! Thanks for following our coverage on PokerNews, and be sure to come back to follow these last few preliminary events before the Main Event gets underway next week.