The last 32 survivors from the field of 362 returned to London's Empire Casino yesterday to battle it out for a spot at the final table of the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event. Theo Jorgenses started the day atop a field that included WPT champ Gus Hansen, two-time WSOP bracelet winner Annie Duke, prop bet phenomena and former WPT Player of the Year Erick Lindgren, and online tournament wunderkind Annette ‘Annette_15' Obrestad.
Day 4 started out with a run on the bank at the cashier's cage, as a bevy of bust outs in the first level sent Patrick Jouven, Marcello Marigliano and Julius Colman to the rail very early. Patrik Antonius controlled the field in his flight of Day 2, but he was forced to put all his chips in the middle on a coin flip early in Day 4, and busted in 29th when his was out flopped by Magnus Persson's . Shaun Needham went out in 28th to set up a redraw for three tables, but Nicolas Levi busted in 27th before tournament staff could get the seats redrawn. The early bust outs all received L27,150 for their tournament play.
Erick Lindgren didn't get a chance to warm his new seat before leaving it for the cashier's cage. Pat Scanlon called a preflop raise from Lindgren, then a flop of hit Scanlon hard. Lindgren and Scanlon both checked the flop. Scanlon pushed the turn of . Lindgren quickly called and tabled , and Scanlon's sent him packing.
It didn't take long for the players to dwindle from three tables down to two, with Henrik Waltersson (25th), Andreas Berggren (24th), Janne Lamsa (23rd) and Marco Traniello (22nd) all busting in a clump, followed by Annie Duke (21st), Aleksander Vathne (20th) and Terry Cook (19th). Cook got it all in with against Matthew McCullough's and James Keys' . Cook caught an Ace on the flop, but McCullough caught a Queen to drag a monster pot and send Cook home.
Jakob Paulsen was the next to get all his chips in against pocket Kings, missing the flop with against John Tabatabai. No help on a board of , and Paulsen went to the rail in 34th for L34,390. Abishek Khaitan's flush draw didn't get there when he tangled with chip leader Magnuss Persson for his final hand. Khaitan shoved on the turn when the board read , but his didn't improve on the river and Persson's flopped set of Aces sent him packing in 17th.
Kenny Tran hit a flop hard with against Annette Obrestad's pocket sevens, but when the final board read , it was Tran eliminated in 16th by Obrestad's turned set. Karl Mahrenholz was the next to fall when he and Oyvind Riisem both hit a Queen on the flop, but Riisem came from behind to catch two pair with to run down Mahrenholz's . Pat Scanlon and William Durkee were the last two players busted before the dinner break, heading to the rail in 14th and 13th, respectively.
Action was still on the menu when the players came back from dinner, and Tino Lechich got his fill when he ran into Oyvind Riisem's pocket Kings. No help on the board for Lechich, and he was bounced in 12th (L41,630). Steven van Zadelhoff followed the theme of the day and lost a coin flip to be eliminated in 11th when Magnus Persson's Jacks hit a set on the flop against Van Zadelhoff's . Gus Hansen was the final table bubble boy when he ran Queens into Matthew McCulough's Kings to hit the rail in 10th, ending a tremendous tournament for the Great Dane.
After busting Hansen, McCullough will start the final table as the chip leader. The young man from Cherry Hill, NJ is followed closely behind by Magnus Persson, who spent much of the day atop the leaderboard. The final table seating assignments and chip counts look like this to start the day -
Seat 1: Johannes Korsar (Uppsala, Sweden) - 1,134,000
Seat 2: Oyvind Riisem (Bergen, Norway) - 664,000
Seat 3: John Tabatabai (London, UK) - 982,000
Seat 4: Annette "Annette_15" Obrestad (Sandnes, Norway) - 697,000
Seat 5: Dominic Kay (London, UK) - 490,000
Seat 6: Matthew McCullough (Cherry Hill, NJ, USA) - 1,278,000
Seat 7: Theo Jorgensen (Copenhagen, Denmark) - 605,000
Seat 8: Magnus Persson (Gothenburg, Sweden) - 1,231,000
Seat 9: James Keys (Bury St. Edmunds, UK) - 172,000
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