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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 4:48 PM Local Time

Abishek Khaitan has doubled up,    not just surviving against   , but obliterating it on a       board. He now has 3,500.

Sunday, September 19, 2010 4:39 PM Local Time

Allen Kessler has adopted the role of roving journalist here at the Empire, serving us up with the occasional hand to munch on when are our own plates run dry.

The latest actually provided fruitful results for himself, a    versus    encounter falling in his favour and seeing his stack shoot up to the 10,000 mark.

It was no walk in the park though, as although the chips flew in preflop, the dealer lay a     onto the felt to ensure that the Chainsaw heart skipped a beat.

But despite his fears, the turn and river both bricked out and Kessler scooped a crucial pot.

Sunday, September 19, 2010 4:33 PM Local Time

Alan Kingsley has been eliminated by Tim Blake after failing to come from behind. Blake raised to 450 from the cut-off and was called by Jeff Kimber on the button before Kinglsey made his move from the SB. Blake re-shipped and Kimber folded to leave them at heads-up showdown:



The board ran      . Blake up to 8,000 now.

Sunday, September 19, 2010 4:26 PM Local Time

Frank Kassela has found himself moved back into the Shadow room but that hasn't stopped him picking up the chips. He just called a shove in the big blind for 1,250 with     and found himself ahead of the short stack's     despite a sweat on the           board.

He's up to about 17,000.

Sunday, September 19, 2010 4:22 PM Local Time

Four limpers preflop was enough to encourage James Akenhead to move all in from the big blind with    for 2,675. However, it would appear as though his reputation precedes him as he received two callers: the cut-off with    and the button, who was now all in for 1,400, with   .

The     flop favoured the 2009 November Niner, but the   turn delivered a straight to the short stack. A   river later and, despite the dealer pushing the entire pot to Akenhead, the small blind took the main and Akenhead scooped the side.

A quick recount of the chips, and Akenhead recovered approximately what he started the hand with.

Gorilla Gaming
Sunday, September 19, 2010 4:15 PM Local Time

Levi Twinley has won some of those bluffed chips back from Kamal Choraria. Five players were still involved at the turn with the board reading     . The SB led out for 450 and was called by Twinley and Choraria to see the   river. This time the SB checked but Twinley bet 1,725 and was only called by Choraria. Twinley tabled    for a flush and the pot as Choraria mucked. He's back up to 13,000 now whereas Choraria slips a little to 20,500.

Sunday, September 19, 2010 4:01 PM Local Time

Dave Ulliott found out a while ago that it's a bad idea to bluff Kamal Choraria and Levi Twinley has just found that out too. We caught up with the action at the river with the board reading       and Choraria led for 1,200 only to face a raise to 4,200. He looked surprised at facing a raise but made the call with   . Twinley could only muster    to lose the pot putting him down to 9,000 whereas Choraria is up to 23,000.

Sunday, September 19, 2010 4:00 PM Local Time

John Racener pushed all-in UTG for around 750 and Stephen Chidwick made the call next to him.

Racener showed     dominated by Chidwick's     both before and after the           board.

Chidwick now on 19,000.

Sunday, September 19, 2010 3:47 PM Local Time

With the players dropping faster than Blackpool at Chelsea, the tournament recommences.

Sunday, September 19, 2010 3:32 PM Local Time

Twenty minute break for one and all

Gorilla Gaming
Sunday, September 19, 2010 3:28 PM Local Time

Fabrice Soulier is about as happy as a penguin in a microwave after losing with aces, aces and tens.

It was Allen Kessler who alerted us to the biggest of the three, the cliffnotes reading: aces versus queens, queen on the river.

Dan Shak was the man who took the 13,500 pot.

If that wasn't enough, Soulier exited moments later,    no good against    on a       board.

Sunday, September 19, 2010 3:26 PM Local Time

Dave Ulliott is down to 7,000 after a failed bluff attempt versus Kamal Choraria. The board read       and Ulliott led for 1,200 from UTG and was called by Choraria on the button. Ulliott bemoaned his luck as he revealed the drawing to almost everything but ultimately ten-high   . Choraria opened    for the pot that helps him up to 16,500.

Sunday, September 19, 2010 3:21 PM Local Time

Stephen Chidwick is up to 18,500 after getting all-in in a huge coup with     against the     of the one player who had him covered.

The board came           and Chidwick might well be our new chip leader.

Sunday, September 19, 2010 3:20 PM Local Time

A player opened and Allen Cunningham set him all-in from the blinds flipping     but dominated by his opponent's    .

The flop came       and Matusow looked disappointed saying he folded    . The   came on the turn to audible groans from the table and the   river meant Cunningham eliminated the other and increased his own stack up to 7,300.

Sunday, September 19, 2010 3:17 PM Local Time

Erik Seidel is up to 6,600 after doubling through with    versus   . The     flop teased a nasty gutshot straight draw, but no such atrocity occurred as the   turn and   river both bricked out.

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Sunday, September 19, 2010 3:15 PM Local Time

Piergiorgio D'Ancona was short-stacked and moved all-in for 850 from mid-position. Tomasz Gluszko was in the next seat and quickly moved all-in too. Everyone else folded to leave it as a heads-up showdown:



The board ran       to hand Glusko the pot at the expense of the Italian's tournament.

Sunday, September 19, 2010 3:13 PM Local Time

Richards Hawes has doubled up a short stack, his    close, but no cigar against    on a subsequent       board. It's merely a chink in the armour though; he still has 6,500.

Sunday, September 19, 2010 3:06 PM Local Time

Andrew Feldman managed to fold to a river push on a           only to be shown     by his opponent who missed the flush but rivered a backdoor straight.

Soon after Feldman was all-in with     against     but a queen hit the board and the young Brit was eliminated.

The tables in the Shadow room have started to break and it won't be too long into the next level that this room will be completely empty.

Sunday, September 19, 2010 3:05 PM Local Time

Rob Jarrett-Smith and Paul Zimbler have departed from Table 6 since we've last been past. The table would've been hoping for a couple of no-name short-stacks to come in but they have to contend with Frank Kassela (14,500) and Fabrice Soullier (8,500). Heavy names with heavy racks.

Sunday, September 19, 2010 3:00 PM Local Time

... "Good game," as he eliminated an opponent, his    holding up against   .

It was Simon Mairs who lit the first spark, opening from UTG+1 for 425. His opponent three-bet all in for 1,475 and Mairs made the call.

A       board later and the scalp, and a now 6,200 stack, were his.

Gorilla Gaming