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Max Silver Heads WSOPE Main Event Field on Penultimate Day

Posted by David Cowell on October 19, 2011 at 1:17 BST

WSOPEMax Silver leads a multi-national field as the WSOPE Main Event 2011 enters its penultimate day. Silver, who shot to fame this time last year by winning the UKIPT Main Event in Dublin, has already enjoyed a successful week in Cannes – finishing fourth in the NL Hold´em Shootout tournament – and leads the Main Event by the narrowest of margins from compatriot Chris Moorman. American Amir Lehavot leads the chasing pack, accompanied by WSOP Player of the Year challenger Shawn Buchanan and Dublin´s Dermot Blain.

Max Out-Flushes Frankland

One UK poker player´s gain was another´s misery, as Max Silver´s rise to the top of the leaderboard came at the expense of fellow Brit Matt Frankland – Frankland getting all his chips into the middle on a turned flush, only to find that Max Silver had a better flush in his hand. Silver then proceeded to take chips from Victor Ramdin and Day 2 chip leader Constant Rijkenberg before Chris Moorman crushed the young Dutch player in the biggest pot of the tournament seen to date.

Moorman Risks Tournament Life on Bubble

Chris Moorman had already built up a stack of 400,000 chips by the time the game was on the fringe of the bubble, but risked the lot and his tournament life against Rijkenberg on a river shove with Q♣ Q when the board was showing J♠ 4♠ 4 / 5 / 9. Rijkenberg had already committed 200,000 chips to the pot and called Moorman´s final bet of 229,000. We never got to see Rijkenberg´s cards, but the overnight leader was crippled, and from there managed to limp into a minor cash whereas Chris Moorman is just one big blind behind Max Silver.

Bad Beats for Some and Good Fortune for Others

The third day of the WSOPE Main Event was a day when luck played a big part in the outcome of the event. Barny Boatman was cruelly robbed of a triple up when he went all-in with Kings against two players calling with AQ. The A♠ was the first card dealt on the flop – one of only two cards that could have beaten his hand. Last lady standing Marion Ho was also denied a Day 4 appearance by ill fortune –her 5♣ 5♠ shove holding up against Alexander Dovzhenko´s A 9♣ until the A was dealt on the river – but the field would have been relieved to see the back of wildcat Rifat Palevic, who was sent to the rail by Dermot Blain who hit a set a queens on the flop against Palevic´s pocket Kings.

Twenty Three Take Their Seats for Day 4

Twenty three players now remain in the WSOPE Main Event, which will play down today to a final table of eight. When play recommences, blinds will be 6,000/12,000 with a 1,000 ante and the average chip stack is 773,475. Not many players are at risk from an early elimination, but with the record entry for the WSOPE Main Event, it could be a long night ahead. Those making it through the day will be assured of a six-figure payday (€115,000) while the focus will be on claiming the €1.4 million first prize and WSOPE bracelet.

Leading Chips Counts from WSOPE Main Event Day 3

Place

Name

Nationality

Chips

1

Max Silver UK

1,780,000

2

Chris Moorman UK

1,769,000

3

Amir Lehavot USA

1,398,000

4

Shawn Buchanan Canada

1,267,000

5

Dermot Blain Ireland

1,200,000

6

Jeremy Kottler USA

943,000

7

Brian Roberts USA

901,000

8

Elio Fox USA

889,000

9

Andy Moseley UK

863,000

10

Giuseppe Sammartino Italy

838,000

11

Steven Moreau France

709,000

12

Patrik Antonius Monaco

696,000

13

Alexander Dovzhenko Ukraine

627,000

14

Moritz Kranich Germany

571,000

15

Thibaud Guenegou France

546,000

16

Jake Cody UK

522,000