WSOPE TODAY: Oct 2; Cheong leads loaded Main Event field into day four

Highlights from day 12 of the 2012 WSOP Europe (October 2)

The 2012 WSOP Europe Main Event is set for a thrilling conclusion heading into the penultimate day of play at the Majestic Barriere in Cannes.

2010 WSOP Main Event third place finisher Joseph Cheong (pictured left, with thanks to wsop.com) made a big move on day three and ended the session with an impressive chip lead. France’s Paul Tedeschi ranks second, by some margin.

Players from seven nations are represented among the final 23 survivors, including the United States (9), France (5), Great Britain (3), Russia (1), Belarus (1), Canada (1) and Ukraine (1). Both remaining Aussie contenders, Aaron Lim and Tino Lechich, bowed out of day three short of the money.

The day began with 94 players. About midway through play, the money positions were reached, at 48 players. Those still in are guaranteed to collect at least €26,611.

The winner of the 2011 WSOP Europe Main Event posted another impressive performance, with his second-consecutive in-the-money finish at Cannes. Elio Fox finished in 39th place while day 1B chip leader, France’s Bertrand Grospellier suffered a brutal third day and exited in 25th place.

Steve Dannenman, the 2005 WSOP Main Event runner-up (to Joe Hachem) is enjoying one is best performances in a major event since his breakthrough run. Dannenman enters day four in the middle of the pack, ranked in 15th place. Other big names still in the hunt include Jason Mercier, Phil Hellmuth, Liv Boeree, David Benyamine and Andy Frankenberger.

Four-time gold bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu cracked the top 10 in all-time cashes at this year’s WSOP Europe, with three in-the-money finishes. He finished 43rd in the Main Event.

The tournament attracted 420 entries, which is slightly ahead of the overall six-year average for WSOP Europe Main Events. The top 48 finishers collect prize money, with the winner scheduled to receive €1,002,366.

WSOP Europe event 7: €10,450 No Limit Hold’em Main Event end of day 3 chip count

Joseph Cheong (USA) 1,381,000
Paul Tedeschi (France) 1,071,000
Sergii Baranov (Ukraine) 1,055,000
Christopher Brammer (UK) 956,000
Jason Mercier (USA) 824,000
Phil Hellmuth (USA) 741,000
Max Silver (UK) 656,000
Curt Kohlberg (USA) 607,000
Timothy Adams (Canada) 577,000
Joe McGowan (USA) 518,000
Kyle Julius (USA) 493,000
Toby Lewis (UK) 456,000
Sebastien Guinand (France) 431,000
Liv Boeree (UK) 411,000
Steve Dannenmann (USA) 390,000
Vadzim Markushevski (Belarus) 311,000
Stephane Girault (France) 309,000
Nicolas Cardyn (France) 285,000
Scott Seiver (USA) 251,000
Stephane Alberani (France) 230,000
David Benyamine (USA) 217,000
Andy Frankenberger (USA) 186,000
Joe Kuether (USA) 168,000
Vladislav Varlashin (Russia) 90,000

Payouts (25-48)

25 Bertrand Grospellier (France) €22,982
26 Ben Roberts (UK) €22,982
27 Vladimir Troyanovskiy (Russia) €22,982
28 Hui Chen-Kuo (China) €22,982
29 Philipp Gruissem (Germany) €22,982
30 Steponas Venckus (France) €22,982
31 Emil Patel (USA) €22,982
32 Axel Pergolizzi (France) €22,982
33 JC Alvarado (Mexico) €21,250
34 Keven Stammen (USA) €21,250
35 Bruno Fitoussi (France) €21,250
36 Prosper Masquelier (France) €21,250
37 Fung Cheung (China) €21,250
38 Maxime Conte (France) €21,250
39 Elio Fox (USA) €21,250
40 Eugene Katchalov (USA) €21,250
41 Julien Lefebvre (France) €20,150
42 Remy Biechel (France) €20,150
43 Daniel Negreanu (Canada) €20,150
44 Timothy Reilly (USA) €20,150
45 Tom McCormick (USA) €20,150
46 Joao Barbosa (Portugal) €20,150
47 Daniel Weinman (USA) €20,150
48 Justin Bonomo (USA) €20,150

• The final event on the WSOPE schedule, the €50,000 buy-in Majestic Super High Roller with Rebuys, kicked-off with a field of 43 players. Just six were eliminated on the opening day with John Juanda leading the way on 538,500.

WSOP Europe: €50,000 Majestic Super High Roller w/ Rebuys end of day 1 chip count (top 10)

John Juanda (USA) 538,000
Richard Yong (Malaysia) 408,200
David Benefield (USA) 375,100
Mike Watson (Canada) 370,900
Jean-Noel Thorel (France) 355,000
Tony G (Lithuania) 350,000
Tobias Reinkemeier (Germany) 348,800
Daniel Negreanu (Canada) 320,200
Erik Seidel (USA) 293,800
Paul Newey (UK) 291,500

• Additional reporting, WSOP.com

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