The money bubble popped at the 2022 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) on Monday as just 42 players remain from the original 763 entries. France’s Alexandre Reard is the chip leader heading into Tuesday’s Day 4 with 5.100 million chips, the only player over the 5 million mark.
After Reard, just two players have at least 4 million: Vladas Tamasauskas (4.645 million) and Boris Kolev (4.250 million). The rest of the top ten is fairly close together, with a spread of 3.720 million chips to 2.290 million from third to tenth place.
Reard has nearly $3.8 million in lifetime live tournament earnings going into the WSOPE Main Event, which amazingly only ranks him 463rd on the all-time list. Goes to show what the popularity of high roller events has done in the last several years. His best cash was for about $429,000 when he won a bracelet in the 8-handed $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em event at the 2021 World Series of Poker.
Also of note among the chip leaders is Shaun Deeb, he of the $100,000 Powerball pool, who goes into Tuesday in eighth place. He has already cashed six times at the WSOPE, with two third place finishes in high roller events for over half a million bucks.
As my friend Earl Burton recently reported, this year’s tournament is the largest World Series of Poker Europe Main Event of all time, easily beating last year’s record of 688 entries. Though it is a WSOP Main Event, it is structured differently than the “traditional” Main Event in Las Vegas, as this one allowed for a single re-entry. The one in Vegas is a freezeout tournament, which are actually becoming rarer each year.
The 763 entries created a prize pool of €7,248,500, of which €1,380,129 will go to the winner. The top 115 finishers make the money. With 42 players remaining, everyone going into Tuesday is guaranteed at least €29,562.
The plan for Day 4 is to play all the way down to the six-handed final table. The World Series of Poker is live streaming the action on its Twitch channel on a one-hour delay.
2022 World Series of Poker Europe – Day 3 Chip Leaders
Alexandre Reard – 5,100,000
Vladas Tamasauskas – 4,645,000
Boris Kolev – 4,250,000
Jonathan Pastore – 3,720,000
Bernd Gleissner – 3,660,000
Jonas Kronwitter – 3,320,000
Henok Tekle Mariam – 3,020,000
Shaun Deeb – 2,475,000
Omar Eljach – 2,330,000
Saar Wilf – 2,290,000