UKIPT London Day 3: Wim Neys sweeps all before him, leads final table
When we looked at the field at the end of Day 2 last night, we realised that our final table (due to be decided at the end of Day 3) could take pretty much any complexion. There were a host of established big names still around, plus a host of unheralded qualifiers. There were a load of familiar UKIPT faces and a bunch of talented mid-stakes players with the ability to have their breakout performance this week.
When we now look at that final table, having eroded the field sufficiently today to sit around it, we can see that there was room for representatives of all of those groups. Except the established stars.
Here's how they will line up as they go looking for that first prize of £156,800:
Seat 1 - Guy Goossens, Belgium, 1,250,000
Seat 2 - Patrick Simcoe, UK, 1,234,000
Seat 3 - Chris Dowling, Ireland, 2,262,000
Seat 4 - Wim Neys, Belgium, 3,270,000
Seat 6 - Cesar Garcia, Spain, 1,156,000
Seat 7 - Tom Ward, UK, 2,474,000
Seat 8 - Philippe Souki, UK, 2,402,000
Seat 9 - Sergio Aido, Spain, 1,748,000
As you can see, it's one of those tables balanced in fascinating fashion, with the UK and Ireland (the hosts of the tour) providing half the competitors and Spain and Belgium offering a couple each of their finest.
It is one of the latter who leads the charge: Wim Neys, better known as "weyo13" online. Railed for long portions of the day by Matti and Christophe De Meulder, Neys went on a tear through the field almost from the off. He started with only 300,000 but was first through the million when he knocked out Jason Duval, and he pretty much mopped up anyone who dared tangle.
Neys also accounted for Olivier Busquet, the most feared player still in the field overnight, but who endured a torrid Day 3 and busted in 21st. The likes of Jamie Burland (31st), Richard Trigg (20th) and Dara O'Kearney (18th) also fell by the wayside. And Juan Manuel Pastor, the last remaining Team PokerStars Pro, went out in ninth.
All the information on prizewinners to date is on the prizewinners page.
The final table begins at 12.30pm GMT tomorrow (Sunday), half an hour after the EPT Day 1A begins. It will be chaos in the Vic tomorrow. I suggest you pop down to check it all out.
You can scroll through all the fun from Day 3 in our big, long, live-coverage post. And the player profiles will be on the site in the morning too.
Then come back tomorrow as we play to a winner.
Photos from UKIPT London © Mickey May.