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MacPhee Rekindles Berlin Magic, Seidel Rises on WSOPE ME Day 3
Three days ago 313 players began their journey in Berlin in the 2015 WSOPE Main Event.
Just 21 will return to play the fourth day tomorrow.
At the head of the pack is American Kevin MacPhee, who's looking to repeat his success in the city he won a European Poker Tour main event title in five years ago.
This time, thankfully, the casino hasn't been robbed in the process, either.
The bubble has burst but the field is still filled with well-known players, highlighted by a group of fellow American professionals who crushed the third day of the 2015 WSOPE ME.
Lichtenberger, Seidel Join MacPhee at the Top
MacPhee bagged more than 1.1 million chips to finish the day the clear leader. Fellow Americans Andrew Lichtenberger (718,000) and Erik Seidel (665,000) finished in positions 3 and 4 on the leaderboard.
German local Johannes Becker squeezed in among the US trio with 894,000 chips in 2nd position. American Ardit Kurshumi (577,000) rounds out the Top 5.
Other players still in contention include yesterday's chip leader Dzmitry Urbanovich (414,000), JC Alvarado (202,000), 888poker Pro Dominik Nitsche (189,000) and Norwegian high-stakes pro Ola Amundsgaard (186,000).
WSOPE Berlin Main Event Quick Stats
- Players: 21 / 313
- Buy-In: €9,800 + €650
- Prize Pool: €3,067,400
- Chipleader: Kevin MacPhee
- First Prize: €883,000
1. Kevin MacPhee (USA): 1,150,000
2. Johannes Becker (Germany): 894,000
3. Andrew Lichtenberger (USA): 718,000
4. Erik Seidel (USA): 665,000
5. Ardit Kurshumi (USA): 577,000
6. Kilian Kramer (Germany): 557,000
7. Mario Sanchez Cano (Spain): 550,000
8. Conor Beresford (United Kingdom): 503,000
9. David Lopez Llacer (Spain): 452,000
10. Enver Abduraimov (Ukraine): 434,000
11. Dzmitry Urbanovich (Poland): 414,000
12. Pierre Chevalier (France): 400,000
13. Özgür Arda (Turkey): 286,000
14. Dimitar Danchev (Bulgaria): 286,000
15. Nikolaus Teichert (Germany): 270,000
16. Adrien Allain (France): 250,000
17. Felix Bleiker (Switzerland): 226,000
18. Juan Alvarado Rodriguez (Mexico): 202,000
19. Robert Zipf (Germany): 190,000
20. Dominik Nitsche (Germany): 189,000
21. Ola Amundsgaard (Norway): 186,000
Tobias Ziegler bubbles
After more than six hours of play 33 players were left with 32 cashing for at least €20,000.
German player Tobias Ziegler, who cashed five times during the WSOP in Vegas this year, was the unfortunate bubble boy. He got his chips in with jacks against his fellow countryman Killian Kramer, who held A♠ K♠.
The board gave Kramer a flush and sent Ziegler home. Ziegler's bust sums up the somewhat lackluster performance of the German aces here on home turf as just five German players made the money.
For comparison eight US players accomplished this feat, beating the Germans on their own soil.
After the bubble burst players bowed out in rapid fashion. Jeff Gross, PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier, Benjamin Pollak, Konstantin Puchkov and Jeff Rossiter cashed but won't return for Day 4 tomorrow.
Hastings Falls Early, Gorodinsky POY
Long before the bubble loomed the first player to bust today was Brian Hastings, the only player left in this tournament who could overtake Mike Gorodinsky in the WSOP Player of the Year race.
But Hastings ran tens into Ole Amundsgaards queens and left only minutes after taking his seat today.
This means, barring a win by Ismael Bojang or Stephen Chidwick in the WSOPE high roller which started today, Gorodinsky will win the WSOP POY award for 2015.
Kitai, Boeree and Holz fail to cash
Another player to leave early today was triple crown winner Davidi Kitai. He got it all in on a K♣ T♣ 5♣ A♦ 3♦ board with ace-ten and two pair.
But his opponent Dzmitry Urbanovich, who at the time was still a dominating force in the tournament, turned over ace-king for the better two pair.
Liv Boeree, who fought the whole day with only very few chips, finished 44th. She got it in good with ace-eight against king-nine but her opponent managed to river a straight to take her out.
Other notables who fell short before the money were Fedor Holz, Shannon Shorr, Will Failla and Vitaly Lunkin.
€25k High Roller with 62+ Entries
At 4 pm local time the very last bracelet event of the WSOPE started. The €25k High Roller began with 62 entries on Day 1.
Players have the option to (re-)enter until the start of Day 2 tomorrow but it’s unlikely that many will seize that opportunity. So far the prize pool is set at roughly €1.5m.
Play will continue tomorrow and conclude on Friday. The final table is to be aired by ESPN later this year.
The Main Event will continue tomorrow at noon and will play down until only six players remain. On Friday the Main Event will pause and the final table will be played on Saturday.
As usual you can follow the action on Twitch.tv (stream) or wsop.com (live blog).