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WSOPE, Event 3 - £10,000 NLHE, Day 3: Vathne Soars as Bubble Bursts

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84 players returned to London's Empire Casino on Friday to play Day 3 of the World Series of Poker Europe £10,000 Main Event. Gus Hansen started the day with the chip lead in a field that saw such poker superstars as Tony G, Johnny Chan, Annie Duke and Jamie Gold play for their shot at the £1,000,000 first-place prize and the WSOPE bracelet. The feature table was stacked with stars and chips, looking like this as play began:

Seat 1: Patrick Antonius - 283,200

Seat 2: Erik Joergensen - 22,100

Seat 3: Magnus Persson - 165,600

Seat 4: Matthew Carter - 58,400

Seat 5: Daniel Negreanu - 31,700

Seat 6: Will Durkee - 92,600

Seat 7: Sam Norman - 29,600

Seat 8: Gus Hansen - 349,400

Seat 9: Sergey Feklisov - 115,500

Phil Hellmuth's quest for a record 12th WSOP bracelet ended very early in the day, when he ran his {8-Spades}{8-Hearts} into Matthew McCullough's {q-Spades}{q-Diamonds}. When the flop came {a-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{q-Hearts}, Hellmuth's tournament rested on few outs. The turn brought no help as the {k-Diamonds} left Hellmuth drawing dead and the 11-time WSOP champion headed to the rail.

2007 WSOP Player of the Year runner-up Jeffrey Lisandro was one of many players on Day 3 to get their aces cracked, but Lisandro went out in spectacular fashion, running into Marco Traniello's {k-Clubs}{k-Hearts}. All the chips went in the middle pre-flop, and Traniello hit the flop of {2-Spades}{k-Spades}{4-Spades} hard, leaving Lisandro drawing thin. The {k-Diamonds} on the turn made quads for Traniello and left Lisandro on the rail.

Daniel Negreanu cracked aces shortly afterwards, turning a flush against Gus Hansen. Both players checked the flop of {a-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}, and Negreanu led out on the turn {9-Diamonds}. Hansen called, and went into the tank for a while before calling Negreanu's river bet. Hansen's {a-Diamonds}{a-Spades} was no match for Negreanu's {8-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}, and Hansen's chip lead took a big hit. Later in the day, Negreanu cracked aces again, this time doubling through Patrik Antonius with {5-Spades}{3-Spades}. On a flop of {5-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}, Negreanu moved all in over the top of Antonius' raise. Antonius called and tabled {a-Clubs}{a-Spades}, and Negreanu held {5-Spades}{3-Spades}. The {10-Spades} on the turn helped neither player, but the {a-Diamonds} made the wheel for Negreanu, bettering Antonius's trips. Despite this good fortune, Negreanu was eliminated as the evening progressed.

Other notable players eliminated on Day 3 included Tony G, Joe Beevers, Jimmy 'Gobboboy Fricke and Jon 'Pearljammer' Turner. Hoyt Corkins moved all in with {a-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}, and was drawing thin when Johannes Forsar re-raised all in to isolate and tabled {q-Hearts}{q-Spades}. No help on the board for Corkins, and he went to the rail shortly before the bubble. Jen Harman wound up on the wrong end of Annette 'Annette_15' Obrestad's pocket kings, and couldn't catch an ace for her {a-Clubs}{10-Hearts}. Obrestad made a set on the flop and Harman was eliminated.

Jeff Buffenbarger was the bubble boy, finishing in 37th place to the relief of the other short stacks. When Ian Frazer raised pre-flop, Buffenbarger called all in, and John Tabatabai also called. The board of {8-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{q-Spades}{2-Hearts} made a pair of fours for Tabatabai with {4-Spades}{5-Hearts}, and Buffenbarger was eliminated one out of the money. The 36 remaining players were guaranteed at least £27,150 for their efforts.

After the bubble burst, it didn't take long for the shortest of stacks to go into the middle, with Bob Willis heading to the rail in 36th place. Willis pushed all in with {a-Clubs}{k-Clubs} and was called by Aleksander Vathne with {k-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}. No ace on the board, and Willis headed to the cashier's cage to collect £27,150 for his tournament. 2006 WSOP Main Event champion Jamie Gold was next to fall, as Marco Traniello sent him to the rail with {q-Spades}{q-Hearts} against Gold's {k-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}. Gold caught a ten on the flop, but no further help, and he was eliminated in 35th (£27,150). Ian Frazer (34th) and Martin Johnson (33rd) were the last two players eliminated before play ended for the night. They each also received £27,150 for their play.

As play ended for Day 3, Aleksander Vathne had taken over the chip lead, with plenty of high-powered opponents near the top of the leader board. Gus Hansen finished Day 3 fourth in chips, while Duke and Obrestad also finished up with big stacks. Other notable players surviving Day 3 included Antonius, Traniello, Kenny Tran, William Durkee and Erick Lindgren. Here are the full chip counts and seating assignments for Day 4:

Table 1:

Steven van Zadelhoff — 259,500

Annie Duke — 286,500

Julius Colman — 78,000

Theo Jørgensen — 457,000

Oyvind Riisem — 401,500

Terry Cook — 147,000

Erick Lindgren — 54,500

Patrick Jouven — 39,500

Table 2:

Dominic Kay — 430,500

Marco Traniello — 101,500

Will Durkee — 264,500

James Keys — 247,500

Kenny Tran — 64,500

Nicolas Levi — 98,000

John Tabatabai — 335,000

Marcello Marigliano — 65,000

Table 3:

Tino Lechich — 184,500

Karl Mahrenholz — 297,000

Henrik Waltersson — 159,500

Aleksander Vathne — 470,500

Shaun Needham — 39,000

Jakob Paulsen — 383,500

Abishek Khaitan — 178,500

Annette Obrestad — 311,400

Table 4:

Patrik Antonius — 174,000

Janne Lamsa — 120,000

Magnus Persson — 238,500

Pat Scanlon — 200,000

Andreas Bergren — 215,000

Matthew McCullough — 182,500

Gus Hansen — 398,000

Johannes Korsar — 346,000

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