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Big Names Survive for Main Event Day 3 at WSOPE

The World Series of Poker Europe’s reputation for producing some of the toughest fields anywhere in live tournament poker was further enhanced at the close of play last night when a galaxy of stars made it through Day 3 of the Main Event.

With play resuming at midday today, it is Ian Munns who currently leads the Day 3 chip counts after amassing a colossal 528,300 – nearly 230,000 more than that of closest rival and table-mate Praz Bansi. However, hot on the pair’s heels are the likes of Jason Mercier, Doyle Brunson, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Dave ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott and November Nine member James Akenhead.

The tournament’s leading female player is currently Liz Lieu on a very healthy 184,400 and other lesser-stacked notables among the roll-call of big name pros still left in contention include Daniel Negreanu, Men ‘The Master’ Nguyen, Freddy Deeb, 2007 WSOPE Main Event winner Annette Obrestad and Antonio Esfandiari.

Special mention must also go to former English Premier League footballer turned poker enthusiast, Teddy Sheringham, who proved he’s not just another washed-up celebrity jumping on the Hold’em bandwagon by finishing Day 2 on a cool 74,800.

With 92 players remaining on 11 tables, over a third of the total field will finish the day’s play in the money, with the first cash pay-out of £21,142 starting at 36th place. However, with a whopping £801,603 up for grabs for the lucky winner, expect today’s play to be concerned with a lot more than merely scraping into the money.
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