Yesterday Day 3 of the WSOP Main Event took place, with over 1000 eliminations leaving just 720 players trying to play through the bubble to get into the last 666. The players that can achieve that feat will know that they will at least be going home with something for their efforts.
Day 3 was full of more aggression than had been seen so far in this Main Event, huge pots galore which ensured some powerful chip leaders emerging. Dave D’Alesandro is the new chip leader with 1.1 million chips; he will be the one to beat come Day 4 on Friday.
D’Alesandro will have to rely more on live tournaments like this one to make his money from now on; he was primarily an online poker player up until black Friday with just under a million in earnings.
The eliminations were fast and furious, in fact one of the first big names to go was the defending champion, Pius Heinz won this event last year and would have been hoping to get to the final table this time around too. However Gioang Nguyen made sure that wasn’t going to happen when he had the bullets against the 6-6 of Heinz.
Other notable evictees were Peter Eastgate, Jerry Yang and Robert Varkonyi, whilst Dan Harrington who was one of the tournament leaders early on in day 3 lost a massive coin flip with his A-K versus Evan Jarvis and his J-J.
You Just Can’t Keep A Good Chan Down!
Johnny Chan is one of only two former Main Event winners left in the Main Event and he will be thrilled with how he played on Day 3. Coming into the day with only 42,000 things were certainly not looking to clever, however he managed to end the day with 374,000, still a lot of work for Johnny to do though. The other former winner is Huck Seed, who has also had a difficult Main Event so far this year and he is in by the skin of his teeth with a stack of just 115,000.
Day 3 actually began with five of last year’s final table still in the event, though that has now been reduced to three. We already know about Heinz; however WSOP 2011 Player Of The year Ben Lamb similarly didn’t make it through to day 4. He had a tough ride all day coupled with some very difficult table draws and was eventually put out his misery by Chris Moorman.
While Lamb and Heinz were probably the biggest names to be shown the door, there plenty of others too included 2012 bracelet holders Nick Schulman, Ryan Eriqquezzo and Brian Hastings.
There are still some big poker names involved though who will be hoping that this is their year, Vanessa Selbst for example. She continued her run of expanding her chip stack on each day to go from 520,000 to 814,000. One of the biggest climbers has to be Sorel Mizzi who only had 90,000 at the start of the day yet managed to finish strongly with 738,000.