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Qualifier Eyes $1 Million Bonus at WPT London
A pair of PartyPoker qualifiers are making a run at the WPT London Poker Classic title.
Day 3 ended Thursday at the Palm Beach Casino in Mayfair with 18 players left and PartyPoker.it pro Giovanni Safina on top.
Safina, a 44-year lawyer from Palermo, finished third in the PartyPoker.com Premier League IV, cashing for $156,000 and winning a $100,000 Team PartyPoker.com contract after qualifying for the event online.
However, his run is just the lede. The real story is 21-year-old Swede Kristoffer Thorsson sitting third in chips.
Kristoffer won the Amsterdam Master Classics this past November for €636,120 and qualified online for WPT London, meaning that if he wins, he’s entitles a part of a $1 million bonus from PartyPoker.
Kristoffer would earn $500,000 and the other PartyPoker London qualifiers would share the other $500,000.
“There is still a long way to go but knowing about the extra $1 million payout has given me extra pressure,” he said. “I know the other players are desperate for me to win and I will be doing my best!”
While names like Erik Seidel, Phil Ivey and Huck Seed all dotted the leader board early in London, the final 18 is filled with a group of lesser known players.
Perhaps the most recognizable is 2010 EPT Deauville champ Jake Cody, who currently sits fourth in chips.
WPT London drew 171 players creating an £820,800 prize pool. A total of 16 places will be paid with £273,783 reserved for first.
Play resumes at 12 p.m. London time Friday. A winner will be crowned Saturday.
In the meantime, the £15,000 televised high rollers event starts Friday at 3 p.m., with registration open until 9.30 p.m.