Wednesday afternoon saw the return to the tables at the Empire Casino in London of the 31 survivors in the GBP2 500 buy-in Six Handed NLHE event at WSOP Europe, all that remained of the original 244 entries.
Canadian ace Andrew Pantling retained the chip lead for the second day running, but was to lose it in the early stages of the action, only to recover it in the closing stages of the day and take the lead into the final table of six which had emerged by the end of Wednesday.
When play resumes Thursday afternoon London time, Pantling will wield a chip stack – at 627,500 – twice as big as his nearest rival, Chris Bjorin.
Thursday's final table looks like this:
1 Andrew Pantling 627,500 (Canadian)
2 Chris Bjorin 368,500 (Sweden, based in London)
3 Phil Laak 317,000 (American)
4 David Peters 251,500 (American)
5 Ilan Rouah 200,000 (France)
6 Willie Tann 72,000 (Britain)