The third day of play at the World Poker Tour Vienna Main Event saw no fewer than five British poker players take their seats in the Montesino in the Austrian capital but when tournament director Matt Savage called an end to proceedings only one of them had chips in front of them; Roberto Romanello.
Romanello will return to the felt this afternoon armed with 340,000 chips, which is around 42 big blinds, so he still has plenty of play in his stack though he will need to accumulate chips sooner rather than later as there are three players who have already surpassed the 1,000,000 chip barrier. Romanello, who won more than €25,000 during the Big Game 48-hour cash game, is looking for his second WPT title with him having won WPT Bratislava last year.
Whilst Romanello made it through relatively unscathed that cannot be said for the other four Brits who were in the running. Chris Moorman started the day second in chips but he busted out before the money. He lost a big flip with the former EPT Vienna champion Michael Eiler then got the rest of his chips in with on a flop against the of another German in the shape of Marko Neumann.
Joining Moorman on the and before the money places were David Vamplew and Ben Vinson. According to Vamplew's Twitter account he busted to Vinson with tens versus queens in a hijack versus button scenario for 40 big blinds.
Busted 6 off the money TT vs QQ hj vs btn for 40bbs against ben :( #wptviennaFollow @davidv1213
Vinson was unable to put Vamplew's chips to good use because he was the unfortunate bubble boy. Vinson got his stack into the middle holding against the dominated of Ben Wilionfsky but the reared its ugly face on the flop to send Vinson to the rail empty handed.
With that trio busted out short of the money it was up to Romanello and Chris Sly to bring home the bacon but right at the death that responsibility was left solely with Romanello as Sly busted out. All the chip finished up in the middle of the felt with Sly holding and Ogjnen Sekularac holding and when the board ran out it was all over for Sly.
Play resumes at 1300CET and will continue until the 21 players have been whittled down to the final table of six. If Romanello is to make it through to the finale then he will need to take on the likes of Anton Wigg, Team PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov, the aforementioned Wilionfsky and the excellent Tristan Wade.
WPT Vienna Main Event Top 10 Chip Counts
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