By Simon Young
If anyone thought the pace of bust outs would slow on Day 4, they are very wrong. After the first two-hour level today we lost 111 more players, although each went to the rail with a wad of dollars in their pocket.
One of those was PartyPoker qualifier Martin El-Kher, who started today on 155,000, but never got going. I saw him lose a large chunk when he called a short-stack’s all in holding K-J. He was up against Q-9 but the board ran out 3-3-9-4-2 to double up the shortie. That left Martin, from Copenhagen in Denmark, on fewer than 25,000 chips with the blinds on 2,500-5,000 and 500 ante. He made a brief rally, doubling when all in with A-K, but then his luck ran out. He leaves with $28,950.
Busted: Martin El-Kher
Incidentally, also on Martin’s table today was snooker legend Steve Davis. He was holding on to his last 100,000 chips when he got all in with aces against Hoyt Corkins’ kings. There was something inevitable about the king on the turn, and Davis is out, potting around $28,000 for his efforts.
PartyPoker’s James McManus, who started off the day in ninth place, is holding steady. He began at the same table as Johnny Chan, but they broke after an hour and James is now tucked away in the far corner of the room. Not a bad thing, as it’s easier to concentrate the further away you are from Mike Matusow’s table.
Stephen Kenna is up and down and back up again, now on more than 400,000. He’s been in and out of a few pots, and picked up one of 40,000 when his aces knocked out Jeff Bryan, who had picked a bad time to go all in with Q-8.
Tyron Krost is on 170,000, having lost 30,000 when he mucked on the river when shown 4-5 for his opponent’s two pair.
Our final PartyPoker player, Jiri Hlavaty, is still in with a shout, although he has slipped a bit to 175,000. With the room average now up to 377,000, he wants to start building soon.
Elsewhere around the room, Phil Hellmuth is holding court on the feature TV table – treating his adoring fans to one of his classic tantrums when an opponent turned a straight to crack his top pair.
Other pros on the move – Allen Cunningham is up to 1.2 million, something no other player wanted to see. And Gus Hanson is up to 785,000 thanks in part to an early double up with aces.