WSOP Main Event Day 8: Chip lead changes with 19 to go

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As play started today the running theme was the domination of the Europeans. Scanning the three tables the landscape was dotted with some of the best from the other side of the Atlantic, names like Johnny Lodden, Mads Wissing, William Thorson and Redmond Lee.

Then something bad happened. First Lodden was brushed aside, then Mads Wissing. Before long Thorson was on the rail followed there by the last Englishman Redmond Lee. Had the tide suddenly turned?

Well no, and it's all down to Filippi Candio. The Italian has put a serious dent in Joseph Cheong's day. Cheong may have started the day as the chip leader but now sits nursing a bad head.

Candio, who was fifth in chips himself before the start of the hand, had raised pre-flop which Cheong then re-raised before the Italian decided to call. The flop came 6♣6♥5♣. Cheong then made it 1.5 million to play, waiting as Candio tanked for while. Decision made Candio announced raise, making it 4.4 million, and throwing the tension back at Cheong. He pushed, making it a call for his World Series life for Candio who still had a more than 12 million left behind. He called. A pot worth 25 million was about to make someone very happy.

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Filippi Candio can't believe it

Candio showed his 7♠5♠ for two pairs and a back door draw, but Cheong flipped over A♣A♠. Those watching inched closer as the table disappeared behind staff and cameras. Candio himself disappeared, out of his seat and seeking refuge from somewhere off stage. For his part Cheong just waited in his seat for something he had no power over. The turn card 8♠ did him no harm but the 4♣ on the river made Candio his straight.

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Filippi Candio hugs a friend on the rail after making his straight

Candio erupted, leaping up and down and into the arms of a friend on the rail. He'd just won himself the chip lead ten players from the final table. Cheong didn't move from his seat, he just counted out the chips. The ten million he has left is still ample, but right now must seem like a pittance.

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PERSPECTIVE ALTERING TOURNAMENT HOUSEKEEPING OF THE HOUR

We are now entering level 32 where blinds are 100,000-200,000. The ante now will be 30,000, which is the same size as a starting stack. Yep, every single hand, the players are tossing as much into the pot as all of the 7,319 hardy souls paid $10,000 for a little more than a week ago.

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HAPPY SWEDE QUOTE OF THE HOUR

William Thorson: "Last time it took me two years to get over it. This time it took about two minutes."

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BUTCHERING OF A GEORGE BEST QUOTE INTO A T-SHIRT SLOGAN OF THE HOUR

"I spent most of my money on boats, babes and beers. The rest I wasted."

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ALTERNATIVE ENTERTAINMENT OPTION OF THE HOUR

The slots tournament now under way on the Rio casino floor.

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ELIMINATION OF THE HOUR

Redmond Lee, came into today as one of the shorter stacks in the field. Midway through the last hour, Lee, a PokerStars sponsored player from the UK. Lee's push with pocket fours was ill-timed against a pair of tens. Lee busted in 21st place.

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Redmond Lee

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TWEET OF THE HOUR

Jason Mercier: Amazing that out of the 20 players left in the main event... I knew 9 of them personally before the tournament

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DOUBLE UP OF THE HOUR

You can't ask for much a much better spot of you're Matt Affleck. All in with aces versus Matt Jarvis' A♥K♣, Affleck flopped top set, and left Jarvis with only runn-erunner outs to the flush. The clubs didn't come and Affleck scored a key double.

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ILLICIT REQUEST OF THE HOUR

"Who has Adderall? Anyone on the rail? Adderall? I need two!" --Railbird who is apparently sleepy

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CONSOLATION OF THE HOUR

"That's alright. Ain't nothing but a chicken wing." --Duy Le supporter on the rail