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2010 World Series of Poker Europe

Friday, September 17, 2010 to Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Event #3: £3,000 No-Limit Hold’em

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  • Buy-in: £1,075
  • Prizepool: £582,000
  • Entries: 582
  • Remaining: 9


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Sunday, September 19, 2010 10:53 PM Local Time

If you want fast and furious action with a plethora of bust-outs then the ₤1k event is the one for you. For a third day in a row it has been bust-out after bust-out. It's what happens when you only start with 3,000 chips as you're forced to take your chances when you have them. The player who took those chances the best was Leonard Truche who finished on 42,400 after winning a flip late on versus Kumal Choraria. He's closely followed by Song Lee(40,300), Ting He(40,100) and Adam Fradgley (40,100).

185 players stumped up ₤1,000 to enter Day 1c of this event and they where whittled down to just four tables and 25 players. Those who tried their best, but failed, to be part of the gang coming back tomorrow were Andy Bloch, Michael Mizrachi, Jeff Madsen, Neil Channing, John Racener, James Akenhead, Dave Ulliot, Phil Laak, Justin Smith and Erik Seidel.

Other players happy to be part of the gang are Maria Demetriou, Richard Hawes, Richard Allen and Allen Kessler. None of them have a big stacks but for now they are happy to be through. The gang will consist of 80 tomorrow but only 54 of those will be getting paid. Play starts at 2pm BST tomorrow where the action will be tense from the start. As soon as that bubble bursts though it'll be more of the carnage experienced the last three days. For now it's good night from London, we hope to see you back here tomorrow.

Sunday, September 19, 2010 10:36 PM Local Time

Dan Shak busted with minutes left of the day in very unfortunate circumstances. We don't have all the details but he popped by the desk on his way out to inform us he got it in with pocket aces versus king-queen but a king and a queen fell to bust him.

Sunday, September 19, 2010 10:35 PM Local Time

Levi Twindley has been mixing it up in many pots today and on the whole it was working for him. That was until a moment ago when he busted to Stephen Chidwick. He got it in good with ace-eight to Chidwick's king-nine but he was powerless to stop a nine falling on the flop. Chidwick on around 30,000 after the hand.

Sunday, September 19, 2010 10:24 PM Local Time

Freddy Deeb slipped out quietly after being eliminated. Apparently he three-bet shoved with    but was called and couldn't beat his opponent's   .

Sunday, September 19, 2010 10:21 PM Local Time

As Kessler was busy winning a race one side of the floor Jessica Dawley was busy losing one the other. Maria Demetriou told us that she got it in with pocket fives versus ace-king and a king fell on the turn to bust her.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Sunday, September 19, 2010 10:15 PM Local Time

Allen Kessler is up to 16,000 after winning a race against Elior Sion. All the chips went in pre-flop with Kessler holding    to Sion's   . The board ran      . Sion's tumbled down to 18,000 now.

Sunday, September 19, 2010 10:13 PM Local Time

Allen Kessler motioned us over to his table where a huge pot was brewing.

Adam Fradgley was all-in for 9,775 on a       flop, another player called and now Freddy Deeb was debating his next move. Finally, he said, "I'm all-in."

The caller looked disappointed, opting to fold his hand and preserve the remaining 18,000.

Deeb showed     but he need some luck as Fradgley had flopped the straight with     and was still ahead in this pot that had seen more action than a Dolph Lundgren flick.

The   did nothing save improving Fradgley to a 10-high straight while the   was as exactly as it seems, a total blank.

Deeb dropped to 8,000 while Fradgley sits with around 38,000

Sunday, September 19, 2010 10:07 PM Local Time

Song Lee has taken care of another player at his table to move up to 32,000 chips. There was a limp and a call before Lee raised to 1,750 on the button. Tommy Vedes called from the BB and the original folded before our eliminated player (ran off at the end before we could get his name)moved all-in for   . Both Lee and Vedes called before they checked down the       board.

Vedes tabled    to our eliminated player's    but both were behind to Lee's   .

Sunday, September 19, 2010 9:53 PM Local Time

Song Lee opened for 1,550 from early position and Tony Cousineau pushed for 5,875 more. Lee tanked for a couple of minutes before making the call with     live at least, against Cousineau's    . The flop brought something for both coming       as Lee took the lead Cousineau had overs and a flush draw. The   turn changed nothing and neither did the   river.

A disappointed Cousineau eliminated just before the end of day having lead for much of it.

Sunday, September 19, 2010 9:47 PM Local Time

Richard Hawes came back after dinner break with three big blinds but now he has over 17 of them. His last coup was a triple-up to 10,400 with the mighty    after he pushed from second position. He had two callers who checked all the way through the       flop.

Hawes revealed his hand that bettered his opponent's    and   

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Sunday, September 19, 2010 9:18 PM Local Time

Players are on a 20 minute break before we play one more level.

Sunday, September 19, 2010 9:14 PM Local Time

Elior Sion looks about 17 but he plays with little fear. We've been observing him for the last while and he was hoovering up chips without having to show down a hand until a moment ago and that last hand put up to 43,000 chips.

Four players were still involved at the turn with the board reading     . The BB led for 1,000 and his three opponents including Sion and Deeb called to see the   river. Checks all around before the BB reveal a busted flush draw but lost out to Sion's   .

Sunday, September 19, 2010 8:48 PM Local Time

Maria Demetriou has been feeling the agony and the ecstasy over the last few minutes. First she snap-folded to a 2,825 bet on the river of a           but was helpfully also shown     for her troubles.

Soon after she pushed all-in for 3,950 from the small blind against Allen Kessler's button raise. Kessler made the call with     against Demetriou's     but she managed to catch on the          

Sunday, September 19, 2010 8:46 PM Local Time

Kumal Choraria has had one of those days where he's had people bluffing into him when he has the goods, people hitting lower flushes than him and now an opponent had pocket queens when he had aces.

The unfortunate soul was Christopher Chau who min-cashed in the PLO Event. Chau opened from early position before four-bet jamming when Choraria three-bet him. Choraria couldn't get his chips in quick enough with his   . Chau tabled    and the board ran      . Choraria up to 47,000 now.

Game of skill this, you know!

Sunday, September 19, 2010 8:32 PM Local Time

With just 41 players remaining today with nearly an hour and three-quarters to go in the tournament it's looking like the total number of players coming back could be below 80 in total.

And with just 54 players being paid from tomorrow, it looks as though the bubble will be happening fairly early on Monday.

Gorilla Gaming
Sunday, September 19, 2010 8:25 PM Local Time

Kumal Choraria made a flush over flush against Tony Cousineau to double-up and claim the chip lead with 41,000 chips. Choraria raised from the hijack and was called by the American before both players checked the flop. With the board reading      Choraria saw his 1,200 bet check-raised up to 4,000. His response was to re-raise to 10,000 and then call when Cousineau put him all-in.

Cousineau tabled    for a flush but lost out to Choraria's nut flush with   . Cousineau down to 7,500 as a result.

Sunday, September 19, 2010 8:14 PM Local Time

Like a master-ninja-in-training, Allen Kessler is ducking and diving his way through the field today and just managed to survive to double up to around the 11,000 mark.

A simple case of     against     and an aceless/kingless           board which turned Kessler's 5,550 stack into a much more palpable 11,500.

Sunday, September 19, 2010 8:13 PM Local Time

You can see the frustration etched on the face of Richard Hawes as he is forced to nurture his short stack of 3,500. It's not all bad news, though, as his discipline has won him the exclusive title of PokerNews Grinder of the Day.

But with blinds just about to go up to 200/400, he'll have less than 10 big blinds and will surely be looking to make a move.

Sunday, September 19, 2010 8:04 PM Local Time

Levi Twindley tried getting another opponent off a hand (unless it was a tracing paper thin value bet) but again he was called and lost. He was UTG and up against Tommy Vedes and the BB. The board read      at the turn and Twindley was the only caller after Vedes bet 1,275. The river came   and Twindley led out for 1,875. Call.

Twindley tabled    for a pair of fives but lost out to Vedes'   . Vedes up to 25,000 but Twindley still going well on 24,000.

Sunday, September 19, 2010 7:58 PM Local Time

Surinder Sunar has been eliminated after getting it in miles ahead with     against     but the board unhelpfuly came           making his opponent a full house to knock out the former WPT champion.

Playtika - Jason Alexander