Day 3 of the International Stadiums Poker Tour at Wembley Stadium took place on Sunday, and what a day it was. When play began there were 421 players in their seats, but by the end of eight 60-minute levels all but 99 of them were eliminated. Leading the way going into Day 4 is a name you are all probably familiar with — Ole Schemion.
Schemion bagged up a tournament leading stack of 1,534,000 at the close of play, one of four players to finish with a seven-figure stack. Schemion is an unbelievably gifted poker player. At just 20 years old he has amassed almost $3.1 million in live tournament winnings and he is now on course to add €1,000,000 to that impressive total.
When you play as loose and aggressively as Schemion do, players often make ill-timed moves against you. One such move happened toward the end of play when Schemion led out on a board and then called when his opponent moved all in. His opponent held ace-king for complete air, Schemion tabled queen-six for two pair.
Poker becomes an easy game to play when you are making big hands and have a crazy image. That allowed Schemion to be paid off with a full house when his opponent completed a flush. The two aforementioned hands, combined with Schemion's domination of each table he sat at, saw the young German run out as a deserved chip leader.
As mentioned, there were three other players to end Day 3 with over 1,000,000 chips. Neil Benardout (1,400,000), Day 2a chip leader Alban Juen (1,100,000) and Ben Middleton (1,049,000) have each given themselves an excellent chance of winning a huge sum of money from this tournament.
Other notable big stacks include Toby Lewis (973,000), Pete Linton (920,000), Sam Trickett (805,000), Mat Frankland (701,000) and Dave “Devilfish” Ulliott (700,000).
Each of the returning players is guaranteed at least €2,400 for their efforts, a fact made possible by the all-important money bubble bursting. During the hand-for-hand period there were four simultaneous all-in and call situations and the atmosphere in the room was one of anticipation. Two short stacks survived their all-in confrontation, but David Gent and Tomasz Gluszko did not and they were eliminated on the bubble at the same time and shared the €540 min-cash.
Some of the players to enjoy reaching the money places included Tony G, James Akenhead, Team PokerStars Pro Marcel Luske, former tennis ace Boris Becker, Liz Lieu, David Benyamine, and Roberto Romanello.
Play on Day 4 begins at 12:00 p.m. local time when the action will shift from the Wembley football pitch into the Bobby Moore Suite, which is named after the only England football captain to have won the coveted World Cup. Join the PokerNews Live Reporting team to see which players will be one step closer to glory themselves.