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World Series of Poker Europe -- Main Event Day 3

The Field Marches Down to the Final 22 Players during Five Levels -- Ivey Still Alive and Well with 657,000

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Daniel NegreanuThere were 66 players remaining when play began on day 3 of the 2010 World Series of Poker Europe £10,350 no-limit hold’em main event. The field played down to the final 22 players rather quickly during five levels of poker action today. It was a contest between some of the best players in the world in the most talented tournament field of the year.

Some themes that had become routine at the WSOP Europe saw their consecutive runs come to an end today, which opened the door for fresh faces and established professionals to stake their claim for poker glory in London.

Daniel Negreanu appeared at the final table of this event the last two years running, but he won’t be making a three-peat conquest in 2010. Negreanu made his exit on the way to the money bubble at about the midway point of the day. Another theme that died today was the fact that there won’t be a November Nine player at the final table of this event for the first time since the WSOP main event final has been contested in November. John Dolan was the final November Niner standing, but he too fell before the money bubble could burst. Other notables who left the tournament empty handed today included Nick Schulman, J.P. Kelly, Nam Le, Matt Stout, Daniel Shak, Eli Elezra, Quinn Do, Markus Golser, and Huck Seed.

Some big names cashed today as well, here is a look at the 14 players that cashed in the late stages of day 3:

23 Barry Greenstein £26,400
24 Yevgeniy Timoshenko £26,400
25 Hoi Cheung £26,400
26 Alex Keating £26,400
27 John Eames £26,400
28 Michael Benvenuti £21,106
29 Bryn Kenney £21,106
30 Freddy Deeb £21,106
31 James Mitchell £21,106
32 Jean Paul Seatelli £21,106
33 Matthew Waxman £21,106
34 Magnus Persson £21,106
35 Darren Woods £21,106
36 Mark Thurgood £21,106

Phil Ivey came very close to his first WSOP main event win last November, but things did not go his way at the final table. He is inching ever closer to another attempt here in London and he was a familiar name on the leader board, often haunting the top position in the tournament. Another intriguing contender that spent some time as the chip leader today is Viktor Blom, the young Swedish maniac that is the alleged Isildur1. The questions about his identity will only increase if he makes the final table tomorrow. Other big names that are in the hunt for the final table include Hoyt Corkins, Arnaud Mattern, Barny Boatman, Jani Sointula, Greg Mueller, and Roland de Wolfe.

Be sure to tune back in tomorrow at noon local time (4 a.m. PST) to see who will make the final table of nine. Everyone will walk away with prize money tomorrow, but the true value will be found on the final day of this tournament and that is what all the current survivors will all be gunning for when play resumes. Ronald Lee leads the way with 947,000. Follow along with all of the action tomorrow in live updates, chip counts, photos, and videos from CardPlayer TV.

Here is a look at the official chip counts:

Ronald Lee 947,000
David Peters 829,000
Andrew Pantling 821,000
Daniel Steinberg 768,000
Viktor Blom 705,000
Phil Ivey 657,000
Hoyt Corkins 566,000
Nicolas Levi 515,000
Bojan Gledovic 500,000
Arnaud Mattern 468,000
James Bord 445,000
Clint Coffee 438,000
Fabrizio Baldassari 382,000
Barny Boatman 379,000
Jean Paul Seatelli 356,000
Dan Fleyshman 336,000
Thomas Bichon 308,000
Anthony Newman 280,000
Brian Powell 264,000
Jani Sointula 181,000
Greg Mueller 151,000
Roland de Wolfe 113,000