Finnish poker pro and former "blue steel" poser Patrik Antonius, who we guess is kind of like a Keeley Hazell to chicks and gay dudes, ended today as the Day 1B chip leader at the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event with 76,150 in chips. That amount puts the Flying Finn or Black Lotus or whatever people call him in 5th position overall when grouped with the players from Day 1A.
Close behind Antonius in chips today are American poker blogger Shaun "Not Freddy" Deeb, with 71,825, and Tino Lechich, of Melbourne, Australia, with 71,725.
Adam Junglen, another poker blogger, ended the day with 69,275 in chips, the 4th most of the Day 2B bunch. The 19-year-old Ohioan and noted online player just finished 6th at the EPT Barcelona Open. Rounding out the top 5 from today with 67,025 in chips is Kenny Tran, of Arcadia, CA. Tran will be looking to follow up an impressive summer that saw him go deep in this year's Main Event and final table in the $50k H.O.R.S.E. championship.
Also worth mentioning, Scotsman Gerry Kane, a male nurse, or in other words, a man doing a woman's job, is stacked at 66,675, and he just may be our pick to win the Main Event for the sole reason that we came across some ridiculous YouTube videos he made to pump himself up, we assume, for London's big event. Watch them below and after the jump and see if you can spot RawVegas.tv's very own Andrea Tiede in the first one.
Other players still in the mix at the end of today include Jon "Pearljammer" Turner (60,975), Daniel Negreanu (60,900), Jamie Gold (53,400), Theo Jorgensen (50,825), Johnny Chan (47,250), Tony G (44,750), Justin "ZeeJustin" Bonomo (39,000), Isabelle Mercier (32,400) and a bunch of other players you can read about here.
Play starts up Wednesday at 2pm London time at The Empire with only the players from Day 1A, including 11-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth. The Day 1B group will return to the tables on Thursday with both groups merging on Friday.
OFFICIAL NUMBERS ANNOUNCED:
The official numbers from the WSOPE are in and only 362 players entered, about 400 short of what they had hoped for and about that much less than what the EPT Grand Final drew in Monte Carlo. Only the top 36 players will be playing for a share of the £3,620,000 prize pool, and BetFair had to toss in £56,000 of its own money to ensure the top prize was an even £1,000,000.