2013 WSOPE Main Event nears the money bubble
The World Series of Poker Main Event began over the weekend, and after two starting flights the final tally came in at 375 players, creating a prize-pool of €3.6 million. First place in the tournament is worth a cool €1 million, and a total of 40 players will make the money, with a min-cash worth just over €20,000.
This is the lowest attendance for the tournament since moving from London to France in 2010, and way below the 593 entrants from 2011 and the 420 players that played in the tournament last year.
After an incredible turnout in 2011 the tournament has once again faltered, and it looks like its days in France are numbered. For whatever reason the WSOPE simply has not been able to create the buzz that surrounds its parent tournament the WSOP, and is akin to Euro Disney at this point.
The Money Bubble
With the money bubble looming on Day 3 of the Main Event a slew of big names are still in contention for the title, including Daniel Negreanu who is not only looking to add another major tournament victory to his trophy case, but is also in search of the 2013 World Series of Poker Player of the Year award, needing a 7th place or better finish to move past Matthew Ashton.
If Negreanu does win the Player of the Year award he would become the first player to win the award twice, as he won it way back in 2004.
With just 41 players remaining in the tournament, Negreanu isn’t the only well-known player in the hunt, as he is joined by Dominik Nitsche, Benny Spindler, Ludovic Lacay, Fabrice Soulier, Shannon Schorr, Scott Clements, Mark Teltscher, Sam Holden, Jeremy Ausmus, and Todd Terry among others.
Here is a look at the current chip-leaders midway through Day 3 of the WSOPE Main Event:
1. Daniel Steinberg — 830,000
2. Ludovic Lacay — 700,000
3. Eric Sfez — 690,000
4. Dominik Nitsche — 560,000
5. Adrian Mateos Diaz — 560,000
6. Ariel Celestino — 460,000
7. Fabrice Soulier — 440,000
8. Sergio Aido — 430,000
9. Jordan Cristos — 415,000
10. Benny Spindler — 404,000
Here is a look at the Top 10 payouts for the tournament:
* 1st — €1,000,000
* 2nd — €610,000
* 3rd — €400,000
* 4th — €251,000
* 5th — €176,000
* 6th — €126,000
* 7th — €101,000
* 8th — €77,500
* 9th -10th — €59,500
Chip-counts and payouts courtesy of www.wsop.com
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