Antoine Saout leads the final 16 players of the £3,000 buy-in partypoker WPT UK Main Event after eliminating Fraser MacIntyre in the very last hand on Day 3. The Frenchman snatched the chip lead from Tamer Kamel, who looked for all the world like he would waltz into Day 4 as the star attraction.
With blinds at 2,000/4,000 Kamel eliminated Antonio Buonanno, Sukatu Patel, and Ben Winsor, in a 5-minute rush, creating a stack of 1.7 million chips (425 BB). The only player who got remotely close to Kamel was Ben Warrington, who breached the million-chip mark early on. That was until MacIntyre went a little crazy with top pair whilst Saout was holding a set, and suddenly it was Saout creating the headlines and not Kamel.
Saout ends the day with 2,317,000, and the only other two players with seven figure chip counts are Tamer Kamel (1,782,000), and Ben Warrington (1,294,000). These three and thirteen others will return at 1 p.m. (GMT) on Saturday, where they will play down to the final table.
Day 3 started with 51 players and only 45 of them got paid. The unfortunate bubble boy was Ian Simpson, who was eliminated by American David Peters in the spot that nobody wants to call home. Peters would exit in a disappointing 30th place after his set of tens were caught by the rivered straight of Saout. Other notables who failed to make it through to the last 16 included WPT Champions Club members Chris Moorman (42nd), and Jake Cody (26th).
Make sure you join us at 1 p.m. (GMT) on Saturday where we will play down to that magical final table of six. Don’t miss any of the action at WPT.com because it promises to be a cracker.