As the World Series Of Poker Europe Main Event starts getting to the business end of things, it is Joe Cheong who currently heads the field…and a very strong field at that at the end of Day 3. He managed to build up an impressive chip stack of 1.3 million chips yet with names like Phil Hellmuth, Liv Boeree, Jason Mercier, Scott Seiver, Chris Brammer and Toby Lewis still in the event, he certainly cannot rest on his laurels.
Cheong will be hoping that his reputation of blowing up near the end of tournaments is proved wrong this time around, especially with Paul Tedeschi not too far behind him with 1.07 million chips. In fourth place is the Brit Chris Brammer who is usually more accustomed to the online game, though on this performance it seems that he could well develop into a very successful live player too.
He holds 956,000 chips whilst the player directly behind him in the rankings is Jason Mercier with 824k. Hellmuth is next with 741k in chips and we all know how dangerous the most decorated player in poker can be when he has a large chip stack and the hunger to win his 13th WSOP.
Day 3 began with just 77 players but as the dust settled it was just 24 who will be coming back to see Day 4 of the event.
The Bubble Boy!
The unfortunate player to leave this event in the last possible position before getting paid was someone who is going to be playing on the WSOP final table this month as the chip leader. Jesse Slyvia was short stacked decided to push all of his chips in whilst holding the Ad-9d. Joe Cheong called with pocket tens and although Slyvia hit the 9c on the flop he didn’t improve any more than that and was shown the door.
Other eliminations started to come after the bubble with big names Daniel Negreanu, Eugene Katchalov and Justin Bonomo all quickly being eliminated. We also lost the defending champion of this event Elio Fox who finished in 39th place after an impressive effort at the defense of his title.
Bertand Grospellier also busted out late in the day for a 25th place finish which was the last elimination of the day.
The Current Standings:
• 1. Joe Cheong – 1,381,000
• 2. Paul Tedeschi – 1,071,000
• 3. Sergii Baranov – 1,055,000
• 4. Christopher Brammer – 956,000
• 5. Jason Mercier – 824,000
• 6. Phil Hellmuth – 741,000
• 7. Max Silver – 656,000
• 8. Curt Kohlberg – 607,000
• 9. Timothy Adams – 577,000
• 10. Joe McGowan – 518,000
That top ten is full of some of the world’s biggest poker names which ensure this event is definitely going to hold a few more twists and turns before the end.