WSOP 2011 – Main Event Day 3 complete with 852 surviving

WSOP 2011 – Main Event Day 3 complete with 852 surviving

Friday, 15 July 2011

An action-packed day at The Rio saw over a thousand players hit the rail on the first combined field day of the WSOP Main Event. Of the 1,864 that entered the room on Day 3, just 852 would leave with chip stacks to come back to tomorrow.

Among these lucky 852 are Peter Jetten, Bryan Devonshire, JP Kelly and Kevin Saul who all have above-average stacks. November Niners and former champions didn’t fare too well with Tom McEvoy, Huck Seed and the rest of last year’s November Nine busting out. Only third-place 2010 finisher Joseph Cheong remains in contention, while Phil Hellmuth survived with 77,000 to reach Day 4 and represent former winners of this event.

We saw some huge pots today, the best of which was scooped by Darryl Jace early on in play. He raised under the gun and got 3-bet then cold 4-bet. Not backing down, he put in a 5-bet and got one of his opponents to get out of the way before being looked up by K-K. He could muster just 2-2 but the first card on the flop? Big fat deuce. This gave Jace the chip lead for a long stretch, a title now held by Patrick Poirier, though Jace is the only other person with more than a million in chips.

Shaun Deeb wins the Unluckiest Player of Day 3 award. He snap-called a 6-bet shove from Max Heinzelmann preflop, turning up A-A to the German’s A-6. A six on the flop and another on the river crippled Deeb in a gigantic pot. He busted a few hands later only to return to his hotel room and find out his laptop had been stolen.

Notables still in contention include Sebastian Ruthenberg, Sami 'LarsLuzak' Kelopuro, Guillaume Darcourt, Ben Lamb, Erick Lindgren, Daniel Negreanu, Freddy Deeb and Allen Cunningham.

Rupert Elder heads the UK challenge with Laurance Houghton, David Vamplew, Scott Shelley all handily placed.

The bubble will burst later today with those making the money guaranteed a min cash of $19,359.

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