The International Stadiums Poker Tour Main Event at Wembley blasted through the field as 78 of the 98 players that came back for Day 4 hit the rail. The action was rocking in the Bobby Moore suite as qualifier Alban Juen took the end-of-the-day chip lead.
End-of-Day 4 Top 10 Chip Counts
|4||Xavier el fassy||2,770,000|
|9||Jean Miguel Lacerda||1,735,000|
Ole Schemion started the day as chip leader, and Toby Lewis and Sam Trickett were amongst the biggest stacks. Schemion and Trickett drew the same table and the fireworks popped in early battles, most of which were won by the German. Trickett busted fairly fast and donated his €3,000 prize money to the dealers before heading for the airport and the World Series of Poker. Lewis, as well as Mat Frankland, Antoine Saout and former WSOP Main Event winner Peter Eastgate, didn't make it through the day.
Pete Linton and Nick Hicks, Trickett's former foes in the Nottingham poker scene, were at this point battling for the chip lead as Schemion lost several big pots, eventually falling in a flip. It looked as though Hicks would be the overall chip leader after he eliminated Amy Trodd in a 3 million-chip pot with aces against kings, but Alban's put the end to that idea right at the end of the day which put him in front for Day 5.
Freddy Deeb had a roller-coaster ride. First he was up, then he was down, then up again. At one point Deeb hit over 3 million chips late in the day when he eliminated Andre Moreira in a controversial hand where the latter was judged to have called and not raised in a hand. Moreira ended up being eliminated and Deeb became one of the chip leaders.
The last hour saw Deeb, lose two decent pots in quick succession. The second, a trap flop, gave him flopped trips against a full house. However, he'll start play tomorrow with just under 1.5 million.
Praz Bansi, Julian Gardner and Dave "Devilfish" Ulliott made it through the day. That €1 million first prize is dangling in the spotlight and everyone's after it — and the honor of being the champion of the inaugural ISPT.
PokerNews.com' Laura Cornelius talks with Ulliott on Day 4:
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