EPT9 London Day 3: Mid-day update, tweet-dump and Jason Mercier speaks

Day three of EPT London has just passed its mid-point, even if much of the time today was spent playing through that tortuous bubble. But if it was excruciating for spectators and reporters, just imagine what it must have been like for someone like Jeff Sarwer. He's one of the most creative players on the tour, but for his EPT Live debut he never had more than about eight big blinds and a bubble to negotiate. It was fold, fold, fold, bubble burst, fold, all in, out.

His 95th place, like any of those who bust in the immediate bubble aftermath was worth £8,000. And he was joined by some big names on the rail fairly soon after the bubble burst. We lost David Williams, Leo Margets and David Vamplew in rapid succession, the latter knocking off one tick from the list of potential double champions.

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Jeff Sarwer and David Vamplew were free to continue their joking on the rail

The search for that elusive player gathered pace late last night when we looked at this morning's list and saw a whole cluster of potential two-timers. Liv Boeree, Mike McDonald, Nicolas Chouity, Salvatore Bonavena, Jason Mercier, Toby Lewis, Anton Wigg, Sandra Naujoks and Vicky Coren were also in the mix, alongside Vamplew, giving us reason to dare to dream.

Coren bust before the money. And we have also now bid adieu to Naujoks, Boeree and Vamplew. But almost all of the others have a fair stack of chips and I think we may have to sweat this one all the way to final table day.

The day is moving quickly. When the bubble lasts as long as that, plenty of players lose big portions of their stack just by folding every hand. When the tension is released, they find themselves in the shove/fold bracket and often find the former to be the easier option.

Marcin Horecki, Barny Boatman, Steve Jelinek and Nic Levi all departed. And even Sergio Aido discovered that he couldn't win everything. The UKIPT champion, and winner of a £1,000 side event (well, after a chop), lost with aces to king-five. Ouch.

There are two more levels left today, which should take us down to about 40 players. That is relatively few for a tournament that has moved consistently along at quite a clip. Remember, the structure for the EPT is to have a final table of eight on Saturday, 24 players coming back on Friday. And tomorrow we will simply have however many/few last through today.

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Some EPT tweets. Today's theme "Bust-Out":



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Howard Swains
@howardswains in European Poker Tour