There was a great atmosphere inside the Hotel Majestic Barriere today. Maybe it was the sunshine? Maybe it was the fact that 64 souls were going to earn some money? Whatever it was it moved around the air flicked in and out of the cards and created some amazing action, fantastic face-offs and superb suck-outs. It was, of course, day three of the World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) €10,400 Main Event Championship.
In Sep 2010, Max Silver got himself noticed on the European poker scene after winning the UKIPT in Dublin and then winning a side event at EPT London. Fast forward 12 months and Silver had not cashed in one single live event, but as he rolled into his favourite month it all began to change. He finished 28th at the WPT Grand Prix de Paris, 4th at UKIPT Dublin (again) and then 4th in the WSOPE Event #4 €3,200 Shootout a few days ago. To top off a fantastic few months, he has finished as our day three chip leader with 1,780,000 chips. Silver's magic moment came in a flush-versus-flush encounter with fellow countryman Mathew Frankland. After that moment Silver just went from strength to strength.
Just behind Max Silver is Chris Moorman. Moorman spray-painted his name all over the poker world when he received notoriety for his performances in cyber space. But just recently Moorman has been showing the world that he also knows the way into a live card room, and boy when that lad turns up, can he play! In January Moorman finished in 7th place at the Aussie Millions Main Event before having a crazy summer in Vegas, winning over $1 million at the WSOP. The last time he cashed in a live event on European soil was at the WSOPE in 2010 and he has just done it again, only this time he might just go all of the way. Moorman's vital moment came after a monumental bubble hand against Constant Rijkenberg. Then after being moved to the final table he ran amok eliminating Hoyt Corkins, Freddy Deeb, Carbone Damiano and Melanie Weisner. Moorman finally bagged up 1,769,000 chips to take second place just a hair's breadth from Silver.
Day 3 was also the day that we breached the money bubble, and the unfortunate player was none other than Barry Greenstein. Just before his exit Greenstein told the table that his girlfriend had predicted that he would be the bubble boy. How unfortunate that she should be proved so right – Brian Roberts the recipient of a brand new signed copy of Ace on the River.
Twenty five players will return, at 14.00 (CET) Wednesday, as the WSOPE main event launches into day four. Other notables to make the cut include Shawn Buchanan (1,267,000), Patrik Antonius (696,000), Jake Cody (522,000), John Duthie (314,000), Erik Seidel (242,000) and father and son Tony G (226,000) and John Eames (210,000).
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