Paul Siddle Leads WPT UK Main Event as it Reaches Day 3
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The $1.5 million guaranteed World Poker Tour UK Main Event has reached Day 3 at Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham and it is Paul Siddle who is the man to catch. Some 690 entries created a $2,070,000 prize pool that is being shared among the top 100 finishers. Only 100 players remain in the hunt for the title and the $330,000 first-place prize.
WPT UK Main Event Day 3 Top 10 Chip Counts
Siddle returns to action on October 5th armed with 870,000 chips, almost 200,000 more than his nearest rival. While there is still a long way to go, Siddle has done his chances of becoming a WPT champion no harm at all by being fast out of the blocks.
Essex-based Siddle is in hot form and has brought his purple patch with him to Nottingham. Six of Siddle’s previous 10 live cashes have seen him finish in second or third-place, including the recent runner-up finish in the Devilfish Cup for $200,000.
Manig Loeser is second in chips going into the third day’s play. The popular Germany is armed with 678,000 chips and is guaranteed to add at least $6,000 more to his $10.8 million in live poker tournament winnings. Loeser is a dangerous player, especially so when he is wielding a big stack. Players beware.
Making up the top 10 are Barry Grime, Frenchman Arnaud Enselme, Australia’s Kahle Burns, Thomas Osterreicher, and Matthew Eardley. Sweden’s Simon Brandstrom, who won the recent European Poker Tour Barcelona Main Event, is eighth in chips, and is joined by British duo Jamie Nixon and James Rann.
Big Names Through to Penultimate Day's Action
Scores of talented poker players punched their Day 3 tickets on October 4th and are still in with a chance of WPT glory. Former Premier League footballer Jimmy Kebe (365,500) returns, as does former World Series of Poker Main Event champion Martin Jacobson (342,000). WPT Champions Club member Matas Cimbolas,victor in this very tournament in 2014, (314,000) is also poised for a deep run.
Day 3 also sees Kuljinder Sidhu (290,000), partypoker pro Sam Trickett (270,000), Tom Hall (249,500), Maria Lampropulos (234,500), Christopher Brammer (190,500), Jeff Kimber (165,500), Tamer Kamel (149,000), Sylvia Hewitt (110,500), Paul Newey (106,000), Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier (97,500), Scott Margereson (85,500), and Harry Lodge (27,500) return to battle.
O'Dea Bursts the Money Bubble
Each of the returning 100 players are in the money after the money bubble burst at the end of Day 2. Duco Ten Haven and Eoghan O’Dea clashed in an all-in pot, Ten Haven holding pocket tens and O’Dea ace-king. O’Dea looked to have the luck of the Irish on his side when he flopped an ace, but Ten Haven stole the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow by spiking a set on the turn. O’Dea could have won the hand with a jack on the river, but his inward pleas for a knave fell on deaf ears.
Play resumes at noon and attempts will be made to progress the WPT UK Main Event to the final table. $36,000 awaits anyone navigating their way to the final table of nine, with this sum increasing to $76,000 for finishing in the top six. The champion, however, pads their bankroll with a cool $330,000. Stay tuned to UK & Ireland PokerNews to discover who that champion turns out to be.
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