And then there were 12! The final dozen. The 2017 WSOP Europe Main Event is down to the final 12 players after a short fourth day of action. Maria Ho, American pro from Los Angeles, California, bagged up the most chips at the end of Day 4 with 3.8M, followed by Niall Farrell's 3.5M. 2015 WSOP Europe Main Event Champion Kevin MacPhee is still alive, albeit it with one of the short stacks. Can he pull off a remarkable, sensational, stunning comeback to win back-to-back Main titles? Or will Maria Ho dust the field and ship her first bracelet? Or maybe it's double time for Nigel?
Nigel Farrell won the 25K High Roller a couple of days ago and he's trying to become the only multiple bracelet winner at this year's WSOP Europe. The Main Event is the 11th bracelet event on the 2017 schedule. This year's big cheese attracted 528 runners and a prize pool in excess of €5M. First place pays out €1.1M.
Day 4 began with 46 players and Robert Bickley in the lead. Bickley would eventually cough up the lead, but he managed to survive to fight yet another day. Bickley finished fourth overall.
Chun Law busted first at the start of Day 4. The action went rather quickly all things reconsidered. Yevgeny Kafelnikov busted early as well in 45th place, followed by David Peters in 44th. Other early casualties includes Anatoli Zyrin, Neil Ryder, Peter, Smuth, and Ioannis Konstas.
Mike Leah, the Canadian superstar, went deep but his run ended in 39th place.
Five Germans started Day 4 and not one of them survived the cut. Yeah, all of the remaining Germans busted on Day 4. Max Lehmanski was the first one to exit stage left, when he bowed out in 38th place. Max was followed by Roman Herold, Thomer Pidum, Sebastian Langrock, and Rainer Kempe. If you were gambling on the German last longer, then you ship your bet if you had Rainer Kempe.
Handful of British players busted on Day 4 including Chi Zhang, David Hudson, Steve Ayers, Mark Roberts, Osman Mustanoglu, Vishal Maini and Neil Ryder.
American Anthony Zinno is no stranger to the winner circle, but he didn't quite make it to another final table. Zinno's Main Event ended when he hit the rail in 24th place. That leaves Kevin MacPhee and Maria Ho as the last two Americans still in the hunt for a bracelet.
France's Clement Richez walked away €31,337 richer when he was knocked out in 20th place.
Kristen Bicknell was seeking a third bracelet, but her quest fell short in 18th place. It was an epic run for sure, but Maria Ho edged her out for last female standing in the Main Event.
Romania's Vlad Darie was the last player to bust on Day 4. Vlad exited in unlucky 13th place.
With 12 to go, Ireland's Marc MacDonnell is the shorty. He barely made the cut for Day 4... but he's still alive. Maybe he can pull off a miraculous comeback at the start of Day 5 and make a go of it?
Maria Ho is sitting on the big stack with 12 players to go. She made three final tables at the WSOP. She's within reach of number four. She's never won a bracelet... but maybe her luck will change in RozVegas?
Jack Salter and Robert Bickley are the two last Brits still left in the hunt for a title.
Also advancing to Day 5... Stepan Osinovski, Luis Rodriguez, Andrei Boghean, Mathijs Jonkers, and Gianluca Speranza.
WSOP Europe - Main Event
Prize Pool: €5,025,500
Maria Ho - 3,850,000
Niall Farrell - 3,575,000
Marti Roca De Torres - 3,260,000
Robert Bickley - 2,885,000
Stepan Osinovski - 2,360,000
Jack Salter - 2,125,000
Luis Rodriguez - 2,020,000
Andrei Boghean - 1,900,000
Mathijs Jonkers- 1,850,000
Gianluca Speranza - 1,070,000
Kevin MacPhee - 1,060,000
Marc MacDonnell - 505,000