Published on October 1st, 2008 12:27 am EST

world series of poker europe - logo - wsope - chip stack362 people took part in the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event, and after three days of play, 24 remain. Justin "BoostedJ" Smith is the current chipleader with a stack over 650k. Daniel "KidPoker" Negreanu is currently in second place with 610k, while John Juanda is in third with roughly 580k in chips.

The remaining 24 players all have their sights set on the 869k pound first place prize (that works out to about 1.55 million US dollars) and the WSOPE bracelet. The remaining players in the tournament are all guaranteed a minimum of 29k pounds for making it this far. Those who make it to the final table will be guaranteed a minimum of 81k pounds, with the second place finisher taking home 534k pounds and the third place finisher taking home 335k pounds.

As mentioned, Justin "BoostedJ" Smith, Daniel Negreanu and John Juanda are all sitting atop the chip counts after Day 3. There are a number of other well-known players still left in the tournament, including:

Johnny Lodden
Brian "sbrugby" Townsend
Brandon Adams
Andy Bloch
Scott Fischman
Mike Matusow
Erik Seidel

There are a number of interesting storylines heading into the last two days of this event, including:

-can Daniel Negreanu win his second World Series of Poker bracelet of 2008? Don't forget that Negreanu has a $200,000 per bracelet bet with Phil Ivey on the go that extended to the World Series of Poker Europe. If he wins this event, then he will automatically receive an additional $200,000 from Phil Ivey. Also, a win by Negreanu would move him into second on the all-time money list, just behind Jamie Gold.

-can Justin "BoostedJ" Smith continue his strong play and close out a tournament that is loaded with professional players?

-can Johnny Lodden, who was previously one of the top cash game players in the world, take down this tournament and replenish his bankroll?

-can Mike Matusow take down his second WSOP Bracelet of 2008 and continue an extremely successful year?

-can Brian "sbrugby" Townsend put the controversy of the last few months behind him and take down his first major poker title? If Townsend wins, will Full Tilt Poker publicize his victory considering that they stripped him of his "red pro" status on Full Tilt Poker for six months?

-can Erik Seidel take down his ninth World Series of Poker bracelet?

-can Andy Bloch finally remove the stigma of being one of the best players in the world without a World Series of Poker bracelet?

-can Scott Fischman bounce back from a rough couple of years and take down his third World Series of Poker bracelet?

Given the amount of talent that is still left in the tournament, the final two days of action should provide fans with some great poker. Day 4 gets underway at 1 pm local time on Wednesday.


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