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World Poker Tour -- World Poker Finals Day 3

The Field Inches toward the Money on Day 3 at Foxwoods

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Chris HunichenWith only 69 players remaining when day 3 began at the 2010 World Poker Tour World Poker Finals $10,000 no-limit hold’em main event, it was a safe assumption that the money bubble (final 25 players get paid) would burst by the end of play tonight. Thanks to a slow pace of play that made the tournament feel like it was a few spots away from the money bubble all day there were still 28 players when the final bell tolled after five levels of poker.

The chip leader at the end of play tonight was Chris Hunichen, who held 714,000. Taking the second spot was Josh Arieh with 548,500, and Ben Klier rounds out the top three with 465,500. Other big names still in the hunt include Keven Stammen, Mohsin Charania, Jason Mercier, Gavin Smith, Hoyt Corkins, Bryan Piccioli, Ronald Lee, and Kyle Bowker.

This tournament can still factor into the Card Player Player of the Year, with two top contenders still in action here in Connecticut. Thomas Marchese (5,366 points) ended the night with 249,000, Sorel Mizzi (4,037 points) finished with 238,500, and Mike Beasley (3,320 points) finished with 120,000. Those players are second and third respectively in the current POY standings. Current POY leader Dwyte Pilgrim holds 5,576 points and although Mizzi would still be 99 points behind Pilgrim if he wins the event, Marchese can overtake Pilgrim with an eighth-place finish. Beasley can jump to third place in the standings with a win.

Here are the POY points up for grabs in this event:

1: 1,440 points
2: 1,200 points
3: 960 points
4: 720 points
5: 600 points
6: 480 points
7: 360 points
8: 240 points
9: 120 points
10-18: 72 points
19-27: 36 points

Action begins at noon EST tomorrow and the field will return to play past the money bubble and deep into the prize pool of the tournament. Check back for more live coverage at that time from this WPT main event. For now here are the tournament statistics from day 3:

Notable Day 3 Eliminations:

Jonathan Little, Jonathan Aguiar, Jason Somerville, Todd Terry, John Cernuto, former WPT World Poker Finals champion Mike Vela, Chad Brown, Chris McCormack, Brock Parker, Allen Kessler, Andy Frankenberger, Barry Greenstein, Erik Seidel, Christian Harder, Darryll Fish, David Peters, and Howard Lederer

Official Day 3 Chip Counts:

Chris Hunichen 714,000
Josh Arieh 548,500
Ben Klier 465,500
Keven Stammen 387,000
Mohsin Charania 349,000
Jeff Forrest 342,500
Jason Mercier 342,000
Gavin Smith 307,500
Bryon Springer 293,000
Mike Meskin 282,500
Bob Courtney 266,500
Thomas Marchese 249,000
Ardavan Yazdi 247,000
Hoyt Corkins 239,000
Sorel Mizzi 238,500
Christopher Bonita 236,500
Andrew Batkin 152,000
Besnik Ziba 144,000
Larry Ruffino 137,000
Bryan Piccioli 123,500
Mike Beasley 120,000
Gerard Kane 120,000
Ronnie Bardah 112,000
Alex Berger 94,000
Ronald Lee 82,000
Dave Inselberg 76,500
Kyle Bowker 70,000

Payout Structure:

1 $548,752
2 $325,608
3 $211,759
4 $170,773
5 $128,650
6 $104,741
7 $88,802
8 $72,863
9 $61,480
10-12 $46,678
13 – 15 $39,847
16 – 20 $33,016
21 – 25 $27,779