Day 3 of the first-ever World Series of Poker Europe is in the bag after fourteen hours of wholesome poker-y goodness. The third day of competition from the Casino at the Empire in London's Leicester Square saw the tournament's first gold bracelet handed out and the beginnings of the Series' second event (or, according to Commissioner Jeffery Pollack, the 2007 WSOP's 57th event).
The day began at 2 p.m. local time with two events on the docket, the completion of the £2,500 H.O.R.S.E. event and the commencement of the two-day, £5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha contest, with the former having reduced itself to a final table the night previous and the latter expecting a much larger, much more Eurocentric turnout than its half-priced predecessor.
Filling out the feature table in the Shadow Club at the Empire were eight of the horsiest nags in poker, led by chip-leader Alex Kravchenko, the KGB-looking barnacle of a man who seemed to fold his way into millions at the 2007 Tony G, Eli Elezra, Roland De Wolfe and Nenad Medic.
Payouts for this event are quite tidy: with 165 players the prize pool is £825,000, of which eighteen players will partake. Lowest earners will take home £8,580 while first prize is a very nice £234,390. As this is a two-day tournament, we'll play down to that six-figure award by early tomorrow morning.
PLO Day 2 is the only event on the schedule for Sunday, and as such you can bet that PokerListings.com will be giving it our full and undivided attention throughout the day. We'll bring you comprehensive hourly updates as well as our trademark jaw-dropping photography, exclusive interviews and the trashy bits of gossip nobody else sees fit to print. Goodnight from London!