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Silver, Moorman Lead Final 25 at WSOPE Main Event
The 2011 World Series of Poker Europe main event is down to 25 players and Brit Max Silver is leading the charge to the final table and the €1.4 million first-place prize.
Silver, who holds a UKIPT title and has won a side event on the European Poker Tour, heads into Day 4 with 1,780,000, edging out fellow UK pro Chris Moorman for chip leader honors.
The two Brits head up a star-studded final 25 that includes leading all-time live tournament money winner Erik Seidel, high-stakes superstar Patrik Antonius, Triple Crown winner Jake Cody and bad boy of poker Tony G.
Returning to the Majestic Hotel in Cannes, the remaining field will be playing down to a final table of nine tomorrow.
115 players began the day with 2009 EPT San Remo winner Constant Rijkenberg in the lead. Continuing with the volatile style of play we saw from Rijkenberg in the opening days of this event, the young Dutch pro saw his stack crippled before ultimately being eliminated in 49th.
Rijkenberg lost the majority of his stack to Chris Moorman while playing hand for hand on the bubble. Moorman parlayed that double-up into a chip leader stack, a position he shared with 2011 WSOP bracelet winner Amir Lehavot and end of day chip leader Max Silver.
And while Rijkenberg and Moorman were embroiled in that key pot on the bubble, Barry Greenstein was busy getting all-in and unlucky against fellow American pro Brian Roberts.
With 65 players left, and 64 spots available in the money, Greenstein open-shoved A-Q from middle position and got called by Roberts in the big blind with K♥ J♥. The dealer put three hearts on the board and Greenstein officially earned the title of bubble boy.
After the bubble broke a rush of eliminations ensued, with plenty of big names hitting the bricks with a little bit of cash in their pockets.
JC Alvarado, Barny Boatman, Mike Leah, Hoyt Corkins, McLean Karr, Freddy Deeb, Liv Boeree, Melanie Weisner and Matt Waxman all made it into the money but failed to survive the day.
Maria Ho was the last woman standing, busting 27th, a title she held in the 2007 WSOP Main Event as well.
Action resumes tomorrow in Cannes at 2pm local time. PokerListings.com will be providing live coverage until a winner is decided. Click here to follow the action live from the 2011 WSOP Europe main event.
Here are the top ten chip counts heading into Day 4. Click here for the full counts for the final 25 players.
- 1 - Max Silver - 1,780,000
- 2 - Chris Moorman - 1,769,000
- 3 - Amir Lehavot - 1,398,000
- 4 - Shawn Buchanan - 1,267,000
- 5 - Dermot Blain - 1,200,000
- 6 - Jeremy Kottler - 943,000
- 7 - Brian Roberts - 901,000
- 8 - Elio Fox - 889,000
- 9 - Andrew Moseley - 863,000
- 10 - Giuseppe Sammartino - 838,000