Twenty three players started Day 3 of the $1,500 NLHE Championship (Event 38) with two UK poker players – Jonathon Spinks and Paul Nash – hoping to add to the British success in the 42nd Annual World Series of Poker. Sadly Jonathon was busted out early in the proceedings, when his two pairs was rivered by Perry Lin´s ace flush, but Paul progressed to the final table and inevitably drew the Barmy Army to the rail.
Paul managed to build his stack up to a point where he was looking like making a serious challenge for the chip lead before shoving all-in holding AJ against Arkadiy Tsinis´s A8. The rail support went crazy until an eight hit the flop and, as much as they called for a Jack to save the hand, Paul was despatched to the rail with $123,028 to show for his three days work.
Tsinis went on to dominate the Heads Up against fellow American Michael Blanovsky, and holds a ·:1 chip advantage over Blanovsky as the event is rolled over into a fourth day to determine who wins the coveted WSOP bracelet and $540,136 first prize.
Top “chant of the day” award has to go to the wag who directed the chorus of “Did your sister dress you? Did your sisterrrr dressss youuuu?” against American Ryan Laplante, who had unfortunately chosen to dress predominantly in pink while competing at the final table in this event.
The Rest of the Best of British
We already knew that there was not going to be a British success in the Pot Limit Hold´em/Omaha Mix Championship (Event 39), with not one UK poker player making it into the final day, but there where high hopes in the $5,000 NLHE Six Handed Championship (Event 40), following a promising start to the tournament on Day 1. However, at the conclusion of Day 2 only Londoner Martins Adeniya remained in a field of twenty four, which includes last year´s Main Event winner Jonathon Duhamel and fellow Canadian Daniel Negreanu (somehow appearing in the WSOP listings as American!).
The $1,500 Limit Hold´em Shootout (event 41) was equally disappointing in terms of British success, with none of the sixty first round winners having a passport issued by Her Majesty´s Government, and almost half the initial field remains after Day 1 of the $10,000 Omaha Pot Limit Championship (Event 42) in which Dave Ulliott, JP Kelly and James Akenhead are all prominent.