The final table of the Party Poker World Open V is shaping up to have a little bit of everything as the five finalists come from every corner of the poker world and there are still two seats left to fill. Tight Poker reported yesterday that online pro Luke “FullFlush1” Schwartz and popular American pro Phil “The Unabomber” Laak secured the first two seats at the final table. Since then, three other players have advanced, including Party Poker online qualifier Jan Veit, Irish poker pro Andrew Black and Laak’s girlfriend, actress and poker player Jennifer Tilly.
Tilly won Heat Three, which was arguably one of the toughest bouts of the entire event. She faced off against British cash game pro Sammy “Any Two” George, poker endurance world record holder Paul Zimbler, Neil Channing, Roland de Wolfe and Tom “durrrr” Dwan. Longtime Party Poker spokesperson and World Poker Tour host Mike Sexton was initially slated to play in this heat, but he and Dwan swapped places and Sexton will now play in Heat Six. Sexton previously blogged about wishing he had an easier heat than the one he drew, so maybe the new spot will work out better for him in the long run.
Those hoping to see Schwartz and Dwan face-off in person at the World Open V final table will be disappointed to hear that Dwan was eliminated at the hands of Tilly when he ran pocket jacks into her pocket aces. He was one of four players in the eight player heat that Tilly eliminated over the course of play. She knocked out online qualifier Gustav Ekerot early on, took care of Dwan, busted George in third place and defeated Channing heads up in a cooler of a hand in which he made trip deuces against her straight. Thanks to a nice run of cards and some aggressive play, Tilly will join her boyfriend at Thursday’s final table while Channing advances to the runners-up round and still has a chance to take down the top prize.
Also making the final table was online qualifier Jan Veit. He was the winner of Heat Four, which featured DoylesRoom sponsored pro Alec “traheho” Torelli, November Niner Antoine Saout, American pro Scott Fischman, Poker in the Sky winner Johannes Jorgensen and the eventual runner-up, British football star Teddy Sheringham. The former Manchester United player proved he had moves both on the field and on the felt, but he failed to get the best of Veit, who is the only online qualifier to advance to the finals so far.
Irish poker pro Andy Black claimed the next seat with his victory in Heat Five. His competition included Andrew Feldman, PKR Heads-Up Grand Slam winner Vladimir Geshkenbein and team Party Poker pro Bodo Sbrzesny. It looked as though Sbrzesny was going to lock up a seat for the “home” team, but Black was able to defeat the German pro in a tough heads-up match to advance to the finals.
The remaining two seats at the final table belong to the winner of Heat Six and the winner from the runners-up round. Those set to play in the second chance heat are Christian Schafer, Patrick Funke, Sheringham, Channing, Sbrzesny and the yet to be determined second place finisher from Heat Six.

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