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Bicknell, Defending Champ MacPhee Among 46 Left in WSOPE Main Event

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  • Can two-time bracelet winner @KevinMacphee capture back to back WSOPE Main Event titles?

Day 3 of World Series of Poker Europe €10,350 Main Event began with 135 players, and by the time play wrapped up after almost exactly 12 hours, the field had been reduced to 46, all of whom are in the money.

Plenty of notables are among those remaining. Start with Kevin MacPhee, the American pro who conquered WSOPE the last time it ran, winning in 2015 in a field of 313 runners in Berlin for €883,000. MacPhee did not come into the day with a ton of chips but built up during the middle stages and wound up with 653,000.

One key pot he won saw him flip for about 300,000 at 5,000/10,000/1,000 with fellow pro Anatoly Filatov. MacPhee held jacks and managed to hold and win unimproved against ace-queen suited. Had MacPhee lost that one, he would have been under 20 big blinds.

Top Stacks

Another player who made it through: two-time gold bracelet winner Kristen Bicknell. She took down the Ladies Championship in 2013 for $173,922 and then the $1,500 Bounty in 2016 for $290,768. Bicknell busted a number of the more accomplished players in the field, including bracelet winners Asi Moshe and Dominik Nitsche, the latter of whom took down the €111,111 High Roller for One Drop just days ago.

Despite those windfalls, Bicknell found herself all in and at risk in a five-bet all in pot against Andrei Boghean. Luckily for the Canadian, she had a big edge with kings against jacks and faded any further fishhooks appearing on the board to double to 1.1 million before bagging 1,085,000.

Everyone's looking up in the counts at relatively unknown Robert Bickley, though. The British player bagged 1,431,000 to lead the way heading into Day 4. He busted Philipp Gruissem in the last hand of the night when Gruissem got it in with king-ten of clubs and couldn't overcome ace-king.

He's followed by top pros Jack Salter (1,396,000) and Rainer Kempe (1,254,000), both of whom have experience against the toughest competition that populate $100K buy-ins and other high rollers. They'll surely be considered by most observers to be among the favorites at this point.

In the Money

The money bubble burst a little over halfway through the day, with the top 80 places paid. Spanish reg Javier Zarco busted in unlucky 81st place when he couldn't improve with three outs when he was all in for 11 big blinds.

Some of those who walked away from their final hand to the payout desk included Stefan Schillhabel, Dominik Panka, Julian Stuer, Pierre Neuville, Alexander Lakhov and 888poker Ambassador Vivian Saliba.

Day 4 Preview

Action resumes once again at noon local time on Wednesday, with blinds and antes at 6,000/12,000/2,000 and everyone in the money for at least €20,175. Come back to PokerNews to see who collects that amount and who can best position himself or herself for €1,115,207 on Day 4.

Top 10 Chip Counts

PlacePlayerHome CountryStack
1Robert BickleyUK1,431,000
2Jack SalterUK1,396,000
3Rainer KempeGermany1,254,000
4Michal MrakesCzech Republic1,245,000
5Kristen BicknellCanada1,285,000
6Vlad DarieRomania1,045,000
7Marc MacDonnellIreland895,000
8Vishal MainiUK790,000
9Niall FarrellUK745,000
10Chi ZhangUK699,000

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