Day 3 completed
Day 3 completed
There was a great atmosphere inside the Hotel Majestic Barriere today. Maybe it was the sunshine? Maybe it was the fact that 64 souls were going to earn some money? Whatever it was it moved around the air flicked in and out of the cards and created some amazing action, fantastic face-offs and superb suck-outs. It was, of course, day three of the World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) €10,400 Main Event Championship.
In Sep 2010, Max Silver got himself noticed on the European poker scene after winning the UKIPT in Dublin and then winning a side event at EPT London. Fast forward 12 months and Silver had not cashed in one single live event, but as he rolled into his favourite month it all began to change. He finished 28th at the WPT Grand Prix de Paris, 4th at UKIPT Dublin (again) and then 4th in the WSOPE Event #4 €3,200 Shootout a few days ago. To top off a fantastic few months, he has finished as our day three chip leader with 1,780,000 chips. Silver's magic moment came in a flush-versus-flush encounter with fellow countryman Mathew Frankland. After that moment Silver just went from strength to strength.
Just behind Max Silver is Chris Moorman. Moorman spray-painted his name all over the poker world when he received notoriety for his performances in cyber space. But just recently Moorman has been showing the world that he also knows the way into a live card room, and boy when that lad turns up, can he play! In January Moorman finished in 7th place at the Aussie Millions Main Event before having a crazy summer in Vegas, winning over $1 million at the WSOP. The last time he cashed in a live event on European soil was at the WSOPE in 2010 and he has just done it again, only this time he might just go all of the way. Moorman's vital moment came after a monumental bubble hand against Constant Rijkenberg. Then after being moved to the final table he ran amok eliminating Hoyt Corkins, Freddy Deeb, Carbone Damiano and Melanie Weisner. Moorman finally bagged up 1,769,000 chips to take second place just a hair's breadth from Silver.
Day 3 was also the day that we breached the money bubble, and the unfortunate player was none other than Barry Greenstein. Just before his exit Greenstein told the table that his girlfriend had predicted that he would be the bubble boy. How unfortunate that she should be proved so right – Brian Roberts the recipient of a brand new signed copy of Ace on the River.
Twenty five players will return, at 14.00 (CET) Wednesday, as the WSOPE main event launches into day four. Other notables to make the cut include Shawn Buchanan (1,267,000), Patrik Antonius (696,000), Jake Cody (522,000), John Duthie (314,000), Erik Seidel (242,000) and father and son Tony G (226,000) and John Eames (210,000).
Please rejoin us at 14.00 (CET) at Pokernews for all of the action.
We've just dealt the final four hands at each table, and the players are bagging up as we speak. We'll be back with some closing comments in a moment. Spoiler: Max Silver is the chip leader.
Once more, the preflop action on the featured table is hard for us to catch, but as en educated guess, we'll propose that Alexander Dovzhenko likely opened the pot with a raise, and Maria Ho three-bet shoved. We did hear the dealer announce the additional 161,000 that she had out in front of her, and Dovzhenko made the call.
The board ran out cruelly for the last lady standing, coming ... . On the river, Dovzhenko finds his card to earn the knockout.
We're down to our final 28 men.
Under the gun, Matt Waxman raised to 20,000, and he was called in three places to make it a four-handed flop. It came out , and Waxman continued out with 45,000. He was able to shake two players loose, but Shawn Buchanan called to see the fourth card.
It was the , and Buchanan called another bet of 82,000. That brought them to the river , and Waxman wasn't slowing down now. He doubled the bet and fired 164,000 at the pot. After just a moment, Buchanan announced that he was all in, and Waxman slipped his earphones off to make sure.
"What did he say? Shove?" That was essentially it, and the move sent Waxman spiraling deep into the tank. He lowered his head into his hands and scratched the back of his neck for a while, then knelt on his chair and stared up at the sky. Then he put his head back in his hands and shook it back and forth. He had 276,000 chips left in his stack, and it would be a long while before he decided what to do.
"Nines full, eh bro?" he asked at one point. No reaction from Buchanan, so Waxman turned his attention to himself. "Why would I want to bet the river?" he asked rhetorically. "I should have just check-folded." Next, he turned back to his Buchanan and asked, "How much is it going to cost me to see this hand if I muck?" Buchanan didn't respond, so he tried again. "How much? Gimme a number. Any number."
Buchanan piped up now, answering, "No number. I don't know."
Someone at the table called the clock on Waxman, and he was clearly in agony over the decision as the time ticked off. "Bucky," he said. "You're putting me in a sick spot here." He shook his head and continued, "You have to have nines full here. Or jacks full." Then a second later, he added, "Or quads..."
Waxman stood all the way up now, and he held his arms behind his head as he studied the situation diligently.
Standing across from Waxman, Jack Effel began to count down the final ten seconds of Waxman's tournament life. When the count reached "4", Waxman announced the call. If it's any consolation, he had assessed the situation correctly, but that was bad news for his chips.
Buchanan tabled his , and Waxman rainbow-mucked and scowled his disapproval. He was mumbling to himself as he paced away, and his deep Main Event run has come up just short of Day 4.
Buchanan is well over 1 million chips now, and he's having himself one whale of a WSOPE so far. You'd be silly to bet against him at this point.
Casey Kastle opened the pot with an under-the-gun raise, and the action passed all the way around the table to the blinds. In the big, Eduard Kapitonov shoved all in for 120,000. It had Kastle just slightly covered, and he tanked for a long while before calling off the rest of his stack.
When Kapitonov tabled , Kastle flung his seat card across the table in frustration. He showed up , and Tony G said, "Need some luck now," from the adjacent table. Kastle was all around his fives, but he couldn't find anything helpful as the board ran out .
Kastle's WSOPE Main Event is done.
We're not sure when the money went in, but it seems likely that most of it went in on the flop. However it went down, John Duthie got his last 130,000 chips in with and Arnaud Mattern did the same with . If the money happened to go in preflop, then the was a great sweat. It seems probable that Mattern shoved there on that flop, though, and the turn and river failed to bring an out.
Duthie's eights hold up, and he's doubled his way close to 300,000. Paying off his debt, Mattern is left with just 88,000 lonely chips. "I had to do something," he lamented.
Duthie, caught looking like a badass earlier today
Artem Litvinov only had 50,000 chips left when he open-shoved with . Around in the blinds, Moritz Kranich squeezed out and made the call, and the race was on.
Kranich's horse ran fastest as the board came . Unable to catch up despite a myriad of outs, Litvinov and his day-long short stack have been eliminated in 32nd place.
Melanie Weisner got her last ~200,000 chips into the middle preflop against Chris Moorman, and going up against old @Moorman1 has been a losing proposition for nearly everyone who's tried it today. Sure enough, Weisner's strong was out-stronged by Moorman's .
Moorman can do no wrong today. The board failed to save Weisner's life, running to end her run in the WSOPE Main Event. She's out in 33rd place (we believe), and it's now left up to Maria Ho to carry the torch for the ladies.