Phil Ivey and Viktor Blom among final 22

September, 26, 2010
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Day 3 of the 2010 WSOP Europe main event offered some intense action in London as the field of 66 was whittled down to only 22 survivors who are moving on to the penultimate day of play. New York's Ronald Lee will be the one everyone is chasing when play begins on Day 4. Lee has a few major tournament scores in the past, but he's positioned himself thus far to bring in the largest live cash of his career. One survivor familiar to success on every front is Phil Ivey who is currently sixth in chips. Ivey is looking for his ninth WSOP bracelet and of course, cementing his legacy even further.

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WSOPPhotos.comPhil Ivey remains in contention for his ninth WSOP bracelet at WSOP Europe.
Viktor Blom started Day 3 in the chip lead, but coasting wasn't an option for the Swedish pro who quickly found himself in a hole. Blom would need to battle to finish the day just ahead of Ivey in fifth and put himself in that position thanks to one key hand against Barry Greenstein. Greenstein put the pressure on Blom at the wrong time as Greenstein's fives were no match for Blom's aces. That key double up propelled Blom to the top of the chip counts and send Greenstein in the other direction. Greenstein would eventually be the final casualty of the night finishing in 23rd place when he got unlucky and watched his pocket aces get outflopped by Daniel Steinberg's 10-10. Steinberg finished the day in fourth place.

The money bubble burst before the dinner break with Rudy Blondeau's A-Q running into Brian Powell's A-A. If the cooler wasn't bad enough for Blondeau, just moments before his elimination, his A-K couldn't hold against Bryn Kenney's A-9. Blondeau failed to make the money, but with his exit, 36 other players in the room were guaranteed £21,106 and were very happy to see him sent home. The survivor of that hand, Kenney, was eliminated in 29th place. Some other notables who made the money, but didn't make it through the day include Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Freddy Deeb, Michael Benvenuti and Alex Keating. Daniel Negreanu lost a race to be eliminated short of the money and his third consecutive WSOP Europe main event final table. David Baker, Huck Seed, Eli Elezra, Nam Le and the final member of the 2010 WSOP main event final table, John Dolan, also failed to reach the money.

The remaining field of 22 still boasts a lot of talented and successful players including shortstacks Roland de Wolfe and Greg Mueller, Victory Poker CEO Dan Fleyshman, Barny Boatman, Arnaud Mattern, Nicolas Levi and Hoyt Corkins. With only three tables left, the most intriguing one by far does not include Phil Ivey. Instead, Mueller, Blom, Powell, Steinberg, Bichon, Mattern and Anthony Newman will do battle to start the day. Mueller should've been among the leaders, but on the final hand of the night Newman cracked his 7-7 with 2-2 when a 2 spiked on the turn. His reaction as posted on Twitter: "So brutal!"

ESPN3.com's broadcast of Day 4 will begin Monday at noon ET.

Here's a look at the chip counts:
Ronald Lee (947,000 in chips)

David Peters (829,000)

Andrew Pantling (821,000)

Daniel Steinberg (768,000)

Viktor Blom (705,000)

Phil Ivey (657,000)

Hoyt Corkins (566,000)

Nicolas Levi (515,000)

Bojan Gledovic (500,000)

Arnaud Mattern (468,000)

James Bord (445,000)

Clint Coffee (438,000)

Fabrizio Baldassari (382,000)

Barny Boatman (379,000)

Marc Inizan (356,000)

Dan Fleyshman (336,000)

Thomas Bichon (308,000)

Anthony Newman (280,000)

Brian Powell (264,000)

Jani Sointula (181,000)

Greg Mueller (151,000)

Roland de Wolfe (113,000)


Andrew Feldman is ESPN.com's Poker Editor. He is the host of the Poker Edge Podcast and co-host of ESPN Inside Deal. Andrew has covered the poker industry for ESPN since 2004.

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