Event 36 of the 2011 World Series of Poker – the $2,500 NLHE Championship – saw UK poker player Tom Middleton involved in one of the most brutal final tables seen at the WSOP this year. Spurred on by a fanatical (and very drunk) British rail, the Leeds online poker star currently heads the final five competitors in the $3.9 million dollar event as it overruns into a fourth day.
Despite several British supporters being escorted from the rail after playing the notoriously unhealthy “Shoe Bomb” drinking game, the atmosphere remained electric, as Tom recovered from being in last position when there were only six players left, to hold a 1.3 million chip advantage when play resumes tomorrow. A fantastic finish is in store once a few hangovers have cleared!
In scenes described as “utter chaos” by a live reporting team, the final table of the $10,000 HORSE (Event 37) was still in progress. The long Heads Up between American Fabrice Soulier and Canadian Shawn Buchanan goes into a fourth day with Soulier having a commanding chip advantage and strong favourite to win the victor´s bracelet and a first prize of $609,130. There were good runs in this tournament by Matt Ashton (6th) and Ram Vaswani (12th), but neither could get enough chips tucked away to make a telling impact on the final day.
Once the final table had closed for the night in the $2,500 NLHE Championship (above), the “Barmy Army” (Yes! Even the Americans are calling them that!) arrived at the $1,500 NLHE Championship (Event 38) to cheer on the two British contenders who remain involved in the tournament. Exeter´s Jonathon Spinks has held a good position throughout this tournament, and will start the final day in fourth position of the 22 players that will contest the final day. Compatriot Paul Nash from Kingsbury, who was briefly in second place earlier in the day, is currently in eleventh.
Day 2 of the Pot Limit Hold´em/Omaha Mix Championship (Event 39) was very disappointing from a British point of view, with no UK poker player making it into the concluding day tomorrow and only five cashes. In contrast, the first day of the $5,000 NLHE 6 Handed Championship (Event 40) looked at one point like a “who´s who” of British poker, with a number of high-profile UK poker players at the top of the field. Dave “wash your mouth out” Ulliott, Liv Boeree (who has had a very disappointing series by her own standards) and Chris Moorman (naturally) are all still in there as this game rolls into Day 2.
It could be all headache tablets and ear plugs tomorrow!