The 2014 World Poker Tour (WPT) Cyprus Main Event is in its final stages with only 30 of the original 404 entrants still in the hunt for the $325,400 first place prize. Among those 30 hopefuls are two of the United Kingdom’s stars and they are shining bright going into Day 4 of the $4,400 buy-in tournament.
Oliver Price goes into the penultimate day’s play with a stack of 626,000 chips, enough to place him fifth on the leaderboard. Price, 24, is a cash game player by trade, but has become a regular in major live and online poker tournaments over the past year.
In April 2013, Price chopped the PokerStars Sunday Million for more than $180,000 and must have caught the tournament bug because since then he has amassed almost $1 million from online and live tournaments.
Price was already on our radar – check out our exclusive interview with him from 2013 – before his third place finish in the 2014 European Poker Tour (EPT) Deauville Main Event, a result that banked the Londoner €271,200 and by the time he won the 2014 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) London Main Event a month after his EPT exploits everyone was raving about him.
More recently, Price finished fifth in a $5,000 No Limit Hold’em event at the 2014 World Series of Poker (WSOP) for $158,064 and helped himself to a brace of cashes at the EPT Barcelona festival.
The table draw hasn’t been as kind to Price as it could have been and he will have to contend with Lebanese star and former EPT Grand Final champion Nicholas Chouity and reigning EPT Grand Final champion and tournament chip leader Antonio Buonanno who have 492,000 and 1,175,000 chips at the start of play,
The other British star in with a legitimate chance of winning a WPT title is Toby Lewis. The man known online as “810ofclubs” starts Day 4 in sixth place with a stack of 617,000. Lewis is a complete beast online and live where he has combined winnings in excess of $6.7 million.
Lewis, of course, has an EPT title to his name having won the EPT Vilamoura Main Event in August 2010 and winning a WPT event would set him up for a Triple Crown sweat when the 2015 WSOP comes around.
Despite having accumulated live tournament winnings of around $1.4 million since he won EPT Vilamoura and a £1,100 EPT London Side event a month later, Lewis hasn’t won a live tournament since his epic EPT win, although he has reached 14 final tables. Could this be the tournament that Lewis takes down another major live event?
Lewis has a much kinder table draw going into Day 4, even if there is really no such thing as an easy draw when you’re this deep in a WPT event. Lewis is the chip leader on his table, with second placed Eddy Maksoud being the biggest name that he’ll have to contend with.
2014 WPT Cyprus Main Event Start-of-Day 4 Top 10 Chip Counts
Play resumes at 12:00 p.m. local time (11:00 a.m. UK time) and continues until the six-handed final table is reached. You can follow all of the action from the 2014 WPT Cyprus Main Event via our live reporting pages, but even if you do that, check back here on Wednesday for a full recap of the action. Here’s to our talented duo still being in the hunt when Day 4 comes to a close.