World Series of Poker Europe Main Event coverage continues on Sunday night on ESPN2.
So after you treat your sweetheart to a special Valentine's, it's time to turn on the TV and watch what unfolds in London's famed Empire Casino with the biggest names in the game doing battle.
ESPN2 will air 3 consecutive episodes Sunday -- or 3 straight hours of coverage.
At 11:00 PM ET/8:00 PM PT the field plays down from 94 players to 36, when the players start making the money. The player who finishes 37th goes home with nothing but a memory.
At this stage of the tournament the chip leaders all come from Europe, and some surprising names are at the top.
The top two on the leaderboard are amateur Ian Munns and local pro Praz Bansi. They will start the day at the featured table, improbably, sitting side by side. David Docherty is also in the top five, riding a hot streak that could propel the 22-year-old to the final table. We will learn more about him and some of his personal struggles in this episode.
Once again, the great poker shines through in this episode as the players look to turn their ₤10,000 buy-in into a bracelet and a big payday.
In the next episode at 12 midnight ET/9:00 PM PT, with the 36 remaining players all safely in the money, the focus turns to making the final table. Only nine players will be able to do that. With such a stacked field, it won’t be easy.
There are a few key emerging stories from this WSOPE Main Event. J ames Akenhead and Antoine Saout, two members of poker’s prestigious "November Nine" in Las Vegas are back in the hunt. Both made it to the money in London and have their sights set on a repeat final table.
Kid Poker, Daniel Negreanu, overcame a rough start to make Day 4. Will he continue his impressive comeback? We will follow that closely.
And with John Juanda and Annette Obrestad gone on Day 4, there will be a new champion. Will it be Matt Hawrilenko, the Princeton grad who leads the pack on Day 4? Or will someone else emerge? After this hour, we will have a much better idea of who will make history.
And the final episode of the evening at 1:00 AM ET/10:00 PM PT, picks up the action midway through Day 4. Eighteen players have been eliminated, and just nine more need to go before the final nine are set.
Jason Mercier, who had a terrific Day 1, was up to his old tricks again on Day 4. Also remaining: James Akenhead and Antoine Saout. Just nine eliminations stand between them and history. Last year, Ivan Demidov made both final tables in what many believed would be a once in a century occurence. This time, Akenhead and Saout both threaten to do it again, an unbelievable story that reaches its conclusion in this hour.
Of the remaining 18, there is one notable amateur in the field: Teddy Sheringham, a former Manchester United star and one of Britain’s most famous soccer players. And the legend, Doyle Brunson, is still in the mix, too. It truly is a loaded field as this group of 18 battles for a final table appearance.