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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 1:03 PM Local Time

Michael Mizrachi raised to 150 preflop before Claire Renault 3-bet to 450 from the button. However, she was not expecting Mizrachi to move all-in but that's exactly what he did.

"Oh no!" said Renault as Fabrice Soulier, her other half playing on the table next door, stood up to see what was going on.

"What are you doing this afternoon?" joked Soulier to Mizrachi as Renault eventually made the call.

Mizrachi turned over     to Renault's    . "I thought you had aces for sure!" piped up Mike Matusow.

The board came           and Renault's nines held to bust the November Niner.

"I'm sorry," said Soulier, "but I was rooting for her!"

"That's ok, so was I," laughed Mizrachi as he packed up his things and left the room.

Renault is up to 5,300

Sunday, September 19, 2010 1:01 PM Local Time

Richard Ashby has taken a minor hit, doubling up an opponent with    versus    on an ensuing       board. The defeat served up just a minor blip, however, as Ashby still has circa 3,500 in chips.

Sunday, September 19, 2010 12:58 PM Local Time

I spotted Chris Bjorin on the rail, and unscrupulously inquired as to the gory details of his exit. As expected, he was as coy and clandestine off the felt as he is, merely commenting, "I played very poorly and got what I deserved."

For now, the trio of final tables will have to wait.

"I want to leave that for the Main Event," he smiled.

Sunday, September 19, 2010 12:53 PM Local Time

Andy Bloch has been eliminated from today's event. We didn't catch the hand, but do know that serial WSOP casher Nikolay Edvakov was the assassin.

Sunday, September 19, 2010 12:47 PM Local Time

Jeff Kimber seems more interested in the Manchester United/Liverpool match playing on his iPod than he does about the poker but he's just picked up a decent pot when the big blind was sitting out.

Kimber raised to 150 and received just one caller, the button.

He then fired 200 on the       flop and 300 on the   turn getting called both times before both players checked the   river. Kimber showed     and it was enough to award him the pot. Time to watch the football once again

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Sunday, September 19, 2010 12:47 PM Local Time

One cheeky player has just been thrown out of tournament after it emerged he somehow managed to sneak into the tournament for a second time. A table mate of his, Stuart Rutter, informed us that a floor man came and took his chips and asked him to leave as he'd already played and busted on Friday. Naughty naughty.

Sunday, September 19, 2010 12:44 PM Local Time

Eagle-eyed viewers may have noticed Neil Channing's stack hovering around the 1,000 mark on that last post. He was a victim of the bullets, Robert Cooper pressing the trigger with    and surviving a       board (all in on the flop) against Channing's   . Cooper, meanwhile, is enjoying an early surge with 5,500 and currently wearing a smile the width of the equator.

Sunday, September 19, 2010 12:33 PM Local Time

Dan Shak would've been better off dozing as he donated 600 chips to a neighbour. Men Nguyen limped from early position and the action got around to Shak in the hijack but he failed to act because he was napping and early attempts to wake him failed as he was wearing headphones. A quick shake from the dealer later and Shak woke to make the call. Rob Jarrett-Smith punished the limpers from the cut-off with a raise to 250 that was only called by Shak.

The flop came     and Shak called a 350 bet only to fold to a725 bet on the   turn.

Sunday, September 19, 2010 12:30 PM Local Time

We don't know if Fabrice Soulier is a big Ace of Base fan but he's just received a full double up back over his starting stack by winning a crucial flip.

There was an early position raise to 150 and Soulier made the call in the small blind with 1,400 behind. The big blind then moved all-in and the original raiser folded. The Frenchman debated making the call, finally putting all his chips in with     against the big blind's    .

Indicating to the original raiser he said, "I hope you folded an ace."

The board came           and Soulier's trip aces scooped the pot to put him back up to 3,300.

Sunday, September 19, 2010 12:29 PM Local Time

Mike Matusow has been waxing lyrically about the WSOPE. He seems to be fairly disappointed over the lack of a HORSE event or a mixed 8-game at this year's series. He also stated that he would like to see more of the big online tournament series events to become two day events as the hours seem ridiculous to him.

Gorilla Gaming
Sunday, September 19, 2010 12:10 PM Local Time

Willie Tann was heads-up with Simon Mairs and the board was at the turn stage reading     . Mairs checked from the blinds and Tann said "Okay, let's go home" and tossed in his last 1,000 chips. Mairs mucked quickly so it look like Tann will be hanging around for a while. He's on 1,700 chips.

Sunday, September 19, 2010 12:07 PM Local Time

While the small stacks are great for whittling down the players quickly, it becomes very tough for anyone who loses even the first pot. Witness Andy Bloch who just pushed all-in over the top of a Steve Jelinek raise for 750 total getting the PLO8 bracelet winner this year off the hand.

Bloch has 850 now, baby steps on the way back up.

Sunday, September 19, 2010 12:02 PM Local Time

More gags than a Bob Monkhouse notebook on one table here today as Devilfish and Neil Channing keep the table amused with their endless banter.

"I bought my son an ipod recently," regaled Devilfish, "my daughter an iphone, and myself an ipad. I didn't want to leave the wife out thought so I got her an iron."

Neil Channing - 3,100

Devilfish - 4,500

My spider senses inform that this is could be one of the more entertaining tables.

Sunday, September 19, 2010 12:00 PM Local Time

"I wish I could move to that table, that's dead money right there, 3,000 chips worth," said Mke Matusow as Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi sat down on the table adjacent to him.

"I'll tell you what, I'll swap 5% with you if you make it through to the fourth level, if you make it through to there then you're probably good, just don't try and Chino me."

Matusow then regaled a tale of when he offered to swap 5% with Chino (we're assuming Rheem) if the latter made it through the first four levels, Matusow went on to win the tournament but Rheem never got 5% because he did not make it through the fourth level.

Sunday, September 19, 2010 11:51 AM Local Time

Nicolas Levi, occasionally known to us as the "Hatpimp" just scooped up a nice little pot, getting paid off on the river of a           board when his flopped full house holding of     was paid off by his opponent's    

Levi up to about 3,500. Slow and steady wins the race.

Gorilla Gaming
Sunday, September 19, 2010 11:47 AM Local Time

Willie Tann just laid down top pair to Rob Cooper saying it was "Too early". After a 125 raise four players saw a     flop where Tann led for 225 from the SB. The two other players involved folded but Cooper moved all-in for his last 2,000. Tann tanked but folded, flashing the  . Cooper did him the good service of showing the   before raking in the pot.

Sunday, September 19, 2010 11:46 AM Local Time

With a 3,000 starting stack, it doesn't take too long for the chips to hit the middle, as was the case for online sensation Justin Smith. On this occasion, however, it was an intriguing overbet against Nikolay Edvakov that led to the all-in.

With the Russian opening for 100 from the hijack, Smith made the call from the button leading to a     flop where Edvakov made a continuation bet of 100. Smith called.

Both players checked the   turn, but after Edvakov had checked the   river, Smith moved all in for 2,550! Despite his suspicions, Edvakov made the fold.

Sunday, September 19, 2010 11:35 AM Local Time

Apart from the British bulldog table, there is another table with few value spots down here in the nucleus of the Empire Casino. Dan Shak will have to contend with two more British pros in the shapes of Paul Zimbler and Ash Hussain. There a certain Men Nguyen sat in the middle too.

Richard Ashy has just taken his seat and one table along from him are Freddy Deeb and Phil Laak, who are sat next to each other.

Sunday, September 19, 2010 11:23 AM Local Time

Upstairs there are a number of familiar faces including Steve Jelinek, Nikolay Edvakov, Joe Beevers, Richard Hawes, Stuart Rutter, and Bluff Europe editor Philip Conneller.

Chris Bjorin has also returned to the grind, the silent assassin looking to make it an unprecedented trio of final tables.

Finally, we have Allen 'Chainsaw' Kessler who, I kid you not, was discussing 'structures' with tournament director Jack Effel as I passed. "I really liked the structure you had in Iowa," he declared, giving it the Kessler seal of approval.

Sunday, September 19, 2010 11:23 AM Local Time

Both Willie Tann and Chris Bjorin, who both finalled the 6-max and the Pot-limit Omaha event are both in the field today. Three consecutive WSOPE finals? Surely not...

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