Ryan Lenaghan Leads WSOP Main Event
3 days of 4 two-hour levels have been and gone since the Main Event bubble was reached at the 42nd World Series of Poker – and just 57 players remain in the world´s most valuable live poker event. With just two days of play left before we find out who the 2011 “November Nine” will be, it is looking pretty good for American Ryan Lenaghan.
Lenaghan (12,865,000 chips) holds a commanding chip advantage of almost 3 million chips over compatriot Ben Lamb (9,980,000), and nearly 5 million over the chasing pack headed by Matt Giannetti (7,940,000) and Andrey Pateychuk (7,255,000). JP Kelly (3,750,000) and Sam Holden (2,220,000) still fly the flag for UK poker players, but have plenty of catching up to do.
There is a Lady in the House!
It has been a(nother) dreadful year for the ladies at the WSOP. As each tournament report reminds us, it is three years and 213 consecutive open events since a female poker player won a bracelet at the tables, but this year there is hope that a female poker player achieves the “Big One” in the shape of shapely Erika Moutinho.
Erika´s only WSOP cash to date was in the $1,000 NLHE Championship (Event 54) when she finished 416th behind Max Lykov. She is guaranteed her biggest live poker payday to date, as the minimum cashes from this point on are $130,997, and it will be a happy Moutinho household tonight as Erika´s partner – David “Doc· Sands – is also alive and well in the tournament.
The Fate of the UK Poker Players
Unfortunately, the UKPP “Kiss of death” descended on Jake Cody on Friday night. Just hours after we had written how well he was doing, Jake finished in 647th – adding $19,359 to the $851,192 he collected for his Heads Up triumph seven weeks ago (Was it really that far back!?!). Jake´s departure signalled a charge for the rail by UK poker players, with players from whom we had been hoping for a deeper run (David Vamplew, Chris Bjorin, Jamie Burland, Darren Woods) taking their chances to improve their positions, and coming unstuck.
By the mid-session dinner break on Saturday, we were down to our final 8 representatives, with JP Kelly, Niall Charlton, Samuel Holden and Steve Rawle all sitting with stacks in excess of 1.5 million in front of them (around 100 BBs at this point) and Rupert Elder, Mathew Frankland, Andy Ferguson and Greg Moore, not giving up hope.
Sadly, Andy Ferguson (156th) and Greg Moore (157th) were gone by Saturday night, and on Sunday we lost Rupert Elder (132nd), Mathew Frankland (121st), Steve Rawle (115th) and Niall Charlton (72nd). These were great efforts from all the players, but obviously we are disappointed that their runs could not have been deeper. Good luck to JP and Sam tonight, when play will continue until the field is reduced to the final three tables.