The 7th Annual World Series of Poker Europe Main Event entered Day 3 today with 69 players left in a field where only 40 make the money. The tournament drew 375 entries, creating a prizepool €3,600,000 and promising an even €1,000,000 for the eventual winner.
The plan for organizers was to play down through the money bubble, all the way to the final two 8-handed tables. The early going found some big names eliminated just shy of the cash including November Niner Mark Newhouse, Faraz Jaka, Bryn Kenney and Shawn Buchanan.
It took over 60 minutes of hand-for-hand play with 41 players left before the money bubble burst. It would be WSOP on ESPN featured player James Alexander who would suffer the distinction of being called the “bubble boy.” James, who finished 19th in the 2013 WSOP Main Event, lost his final flip to Scott Clements and found himself leaving the tournament area empty-handed.
That left plenty of top tier players to vie for the top prize and title of WSOP Europe Main Event Champion including recent bracelet winner Jeremy Ausmus, Sam Holden, 2013 November Niner Jay Farber, Marc-Andrew Ladouceur, Shannon Shorr, Fabrice Soulier, Dominik Nitsche and Daniel Negreanu, who is looking for a top 7 finish to help him in his quest for World Series of Poker Player of the Year.
Play continues tomorrow as the final 16 will play down to a Final Table, which is to be played out on Friday, October 25. For all the updates on WSOPE, visit the WSOP.com Live Updates website.