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World Series of Poker Europe
Main Event Day 3

Buy-in: £10;,000 + £350; ($16574.45 USD)
Start Date: September 26
Length: 5-day event/2 start days
Players: 178
Prize pool: £3;,340,000 ($5,348,677 USD)
(2009 WSOP Gold Bracelet Event: 61)

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Main Event Day 3
UK Football Teddy Sheringham Day 3 will begin at 5:30 PM London time for the 97 players that are still in the field. A few of the names that will compete today are November Nine finalist Antoine Saout from France witih 90,100 chips, James Akenhead from the UK with 178,000 chips, UK champion striker Teddy Sheringham 74,800, John Tabatabai 160,000, John Juanda 38,900, John Kabbaj 127,600, bracelet holder from Event #56 Matt Hawrilenko 129,700 and Joe Beevers 113,100. Action returns at level 11 with blinds at 800/1,600 and a 200 ante. The average chip stack is 106,600.

On the other end of the spectrum are the short stacks who may not last long on Day 3. Some are Men "The Master" Nguyen with 27,500 chips, Michael Comer 12,700, Wooka Kim 22,000 and Sami Kelopuro having 17,100 left in front of him. Early on, James Keys lost the balance of his chips to the pocket 7's of Ian Munns and is gone from the tournament. Wooka Kim had his all-in with A K put to sleep by the set of Jacks belonging to Daniel Negreanu, sending Kim to the sidelines. Todd Brunson lost out to the pocket J's of David Docherty and is gone too. Leo Marget was railbound after Men "The Master" Nguyen paired his Queen card for the winning hand. Event #3 champion Jani Villmunen joined the railbirds after his bust, but at least he is going home with 1 gold WSOP bracelet to show for his efforts here in London. Joining him is UK player Sam Trickett after his bid with A K failed. And Justin Smith has joined the departed after being busted by Daniel Negreanu. Going into the last level, here are the top 10 players and their chip counts: Liz Lieu, last woman standing
  1. Praz Bansi -- 580,000
  2. Steve Fung -- 550,000
  3. Yevgeniv Timonshenko -- 500,000
  4. Ian Munns -- 440,000
  5. Sandor Demjan -- 424,000
  6. Barry Shulman -- 340,000
  7. Matt Hawrilenko -- 325,000
  8. Craig Burgess -- 320,000
  9. Keith Hawkins -- 315,000
  10. James Akenhead -- 310,000
Into the 4th level of play, the list of the fallen grows. Players like Jonathan Aguiar, Amnon Filippi, Fredrik Andersson, 2007 Main Event Champion Annette Obrestad, 2008 Main Event Champion John Juanda, Ben Roberts, Antonio Esfandiari, Robin Keston, Farzad Bonyadi, Samuel Chartier, Eli Berg, Tommy Vedes and Ian Munns are no more. Things have slowed down considerably since 36 players are going to reach the money today and we are currently at 37 players right now.

Once the bubble burst, tournament officials decided to shut it down for today. Some of the names of players who are now in the money are Liz Lieu who is the last woman in the Main Event with 193,500 chips, Doyle Brunson with 246,500, James Akenhead 153,000, David "Devilfish" Ulliott 80,000, Daniel Negreanu 314,500 and Teddy Sheringham having 272,500 in front of him. Matt Hawrilenko, who won his first bracelet in Event #56 earlier this year in Las Vegas, is the chip leader going into Day 4. When the 36 players meet tomorrow, they will start at level 17 with blinds at 3,000/6,000 and a 500 ante. The average chip stack is 278,300. Here are the top 9 players:

Matt Hawrilenko Day 3 Chip Leader
Matt Hawrilenko Day 3 Chip Leader

  1. Matt Hawrilenko -- 701,500
  2. Steve Fung -- 648,000
  3. Praz Bansi -- 471,000
  4. Arnauld Mattern - 469,500
  5. Barry Shulman -- 452,500
  6. John Kabbaj -- 448,500
  7. Peter Gould -- 409,000
  8. Shandoi Demjan -- 367,500
  9. Keith Hawkins -- 330,500



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