UK Poker Player Poker News Rijkenberg Ahead After WSOPE Main Event Day 2

Rijkenberg Ahead After WSOPE Main Event Day 2

Posted by Anthony on October 18, 2011 at 10:43 BST

Constant RijkenbergConstant Rijkenberg leads the WSOPE Main Event in Cannes after an intriguing second day of action which saw the rise of the European players to the top of the leaderboard and the demise of a number of high profile players from the States. Dutchman Rijkenberg already has a successful European poker background – having won the EPT San Remo Main Event in 2009 and, more recently, cashed in two Partouche Poker Tour events.

Rijkenberg Pursued By Corkins

Rijkenberg finished the day with 462,800 chips, 30 big blinds clear of nearest pursuer American Hoyt Corkins and 100 big blinds clear of third-placed Rifat Palevic. Corkins performed best of the Stateside visitors on a tough table which included Jake Cody, Robert Mizrachi, Sam Holden and Johnny Chan. Palevic had also been seated at the same table for much of the day, and it was from the Swede that Corkins gained a significant portion of his chip stack – taking advantage of Palevic´s aggressive betting to trap him out of a 100,000 chip pot late in the day.

Buchanan Still Aiming for Player of the Year

The last remaining challenge to Ben Lamb for World Series of Poker Player of the Year is still enjoying a deep run. Shawn Buchanan has had a sensational run in Cannes – already claiming three cashes to accompany the five he achieved in Las Vegas in the summer. A final table finish would see him leapfrog Phil Hellmuth and Ben Lamb to take the lead in the race for WSOP Player of the Year, although Ben Lamb still has the WSOP Main Event Final Table to look forward to in November. Buchanan currently lies in tenth position

Sisters Are Doin´ It!

Four top female poker professionals remain in the field of 115 that will take their seats on Day 3. Liv Boeree enjoyed a good day to finish with an above-average stack of 202,300 which sees her in 29th place ahead of the American trio of Melanie Weisner (66th), Rebecca Mordoff (76th) and Mario Ho (85th). The top 64 players get paid, and it would be a remarkable achievement if all four could get inside the bubble by close of play on Day 3.

UK Poker Players Also Performing Well

As well as Liv Boeree, eleven other UK poker players made it through to Day 3. Jake Cody is the highest ranked in fourth position, but last year´s WSOPE Main Event winner James Bord is still in contention, along with the Hendon Mob´s Barny Boatman, UKIPT winner Max Silver, champion online player Chris Moorman, the Two Johns (Eames and Duthie), Las Vegas cash machine Stephen Chidwick, Matt Frankland, James Dempsey and Andy Moseley.

Chip Counts Going into Day 3

Six more 90-minute levels are scheduled to be played at the Le Croisette Casino today and by dinner time we should have arrived at the bubble.  When play recommences, blinds will be 1,200/2,400 and the average stack just over 154,000 chips. Only a small handful of players have less than 30 big blinds, so another fascinating day´s action is in prospect at the WSOPE Main Event.






Constant Rijkenberg Netherlands



Hoyt Corkins USA



Rifat Palevic Sweden



Jake Cody UK



Guiseppe Sammartino Italy



Tom Bedell Norway



Andy Moseley UK



Hyacinthe Bonnin France



Erik Sedel USA



Shawn Buchanan Canada