Day 4 begins at World Series of Poker Europe Main Event

Day 4 begins at World Series of Poker Europe Main Event

Monday, 27 September 2010

Day 4 has officially begun at the World Series of Poker Europe £10,350 Main Event with 22 players remaining in contention for the final table and eventually the first prize of £830,401 and a WSOP bracelet – we have some real stars among the crowd including (in)arguably the two best No Limit Hold ‘em players in the world: Phil Ivey and Viktor Blom.

The former, an eight-time WSOP bracelet-winner seeking his ninth plus millions in prop bets, is conspicuous by his absence as the players line the stairs descending to the feature table for a photoshoot and video. The latter, an elusive Swedish player thought to be the man behind the infamous Isildur1 moniker, is conspicuous by his presence – Blom shuns the spotlight and has turned down dozens of interview requests over the past four days.

British hopes lie with Barny Boatman, the old school London pro who is one of the founding members of The Hendon Mob, or Roland de Wolfe – his cheery, cheeky grin is in place for the cameras even though the fact that he has the shortest stack in the room must be playing on his mind. The Triple Crown winner (EPT, WPT and WSOP) has a lesser chance than most here to make the final table but he’s more than capable of staging a comeback.

Across the Channel come three big names – Arnaud Mattern, Nicolas Levi and Thomas Bichon are all still in the hunt to bring a bracelet back to France. Let’s not forget the big hitters from the US, though – Greg “FBT” Mueller and poker legend Hoyt Corkins are both taking their seats, the latter with a shorter stack after a bad beat in the last hand of Day 3.

Suffice to say, we’re going to see some great poker today. The two unfortunates to the right of Blom and Ivey are Mueller and Fabrizio Baldassari respectively while Bojan Gledovic’s 500,000 stack could spell trouble sitting to the left of Ivey’s 657,000. The 500 chips are out of the equation and players are at the 4,000/8,000/1,000 blind level with an average stack of around 475,000.

And with that, cards are in the air and play is commencing at Day 4 of the WSOPE.

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