Bubble approaches in WSOP Main Event – D'Alesandro leads
Friday, 13 July 2012
The money bubble is fast approaching the Main Event of the 2012 World Series of Poker. At the end of day 3 just 720 players were left with 666 making the money. Leading the way is Dave D'Alesandro who will return with a stack of 1,100,000.
Sean Rice (1,076,000), Jacob Balsiger (1,065,000) and Leo Wolpert (1,003,000) were the only other players to join the seven-figure stack club with Ben Greenberg (963,000) and AJ Jejelowo (928,000) not far behind. UK tournament regular Daniel Rudd heads the British challenge and will start Day 4 seventh in the chip counts on 834,000.
The field may have been substantially thinned but there are still plenty of big names lurking. Vanessa Selbst doubled up shortly before the close, rivering a flush to beat her opponent's set to win a huge pot. The $2.5k six-max ten-game bracelet winner finished with 814,000 and is well placed for a really deep run.
Other big names who made it through Day 3 included Vivek Rajkumar (678,000) John Phan (655,500), Jason Somerville (637,000), Shaun Deeb (598,000), and Eric Baldiwn (368,000). Antonio Esfandiari will be back too as will Mike McDonald and Daniel Negreanu.
There are plenty of UK players still chasing the $8.5m as well with $3k Shootout winner Craig McCorkell (638,500) , EPT Berlin finalist Marc Wright (635,500), JP Kelly (506,000), Niall Farrell (495,000) and Karim Jomeen (485,000) in the top 100.
Further back but with above average stacks are November Niner Sam Holden, Aussie Millions runner up James Keys, Chris Moorman, John Shipley and former Irish Open champ James Mitchell.
The action resumes at 8pm tonight UK time (noon local) with fifty-odd players walking away with nothing.