Daniel Alaei heads the field at Doyle Brunson Classic

Daniel Alaei heads the field at Doyle Brunson Classic

Thursday, 17 December 2009

The field of 130 players was whittled down to just 36 at the end of Day 3 at the Doyle Brunson Five Diamond Classic overnight. Daniel Alaei leads the way, holding a chip stack of 1,664,000.

Joining the two-time WSOP bracelet winner over the million chip mark are the delightfully named Steven Landfish and 2005 WSOP PLO winner Josh Arieh.

Following closely behind is Scotty Nguyen on 981,5000. It was a mixed day for the 1998 Main Event winner though who incurred a penalty for swearing. Dan O’Brien was on the receiving end of Nguyen's initial outburst after defending a dealer who'd made a mistake. The 2008 $50,000 HORSE winner then played (and lost) a hand completely blind against O’Brien.

Still steaming, Nguyen then called a pre flop three bet with 7h4h then again called his opponent’s shove on a Kh7s3h board. The unknown player in the cutoff revealed pocket aces but a 7 on the river gave Nguyen a massive pot and prompted a further stream of invective, which resulted in a 10-minute penalty.

Americans dominate the remaining 36 players but Peter Gould is keeping the British end up, currently sitting in 15th place with a stack of just over half a million chips.

The action resumes at 8pm UK time.

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