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World Series of Poker Main Event -- Day 3 Recap

The Field Plays Down to 852 Players on a Fast Day of Play


Phil Hellmuth has Advanced to Day 4 but he has less than 100,000Day 3 at the 2011 World Series of Poker $10,000 no-limit hold’em main event finally saw all of the players in action on the same day at Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. There were 1,864 players who started the day and when play ended for the night just 852 remained in the hunt for the top prize of $8,711,956. The money bubble will burst when 693 players remain today and everyone who makes it into the money is guaranteed at least $19,359 in prize money.

The overnight chip leader is Patrick Poirer with 1,328,000. One other player joins him as a millionaire in the tournament is Daryl Jace with 1,282,500. Team PokerStars pro Germany member Sebastian Ruthenberg is also near the top with 889,000.

Notables who still remain with a lot of chips include Peter Jetten (657,000), Bryan Devonshire (600,000), Anton Ionel (563,000), J.P. Kelly (492,000), Ben Lamb (450,000), Mark Newhouse (480,000), David Vamplew (440,000), Chris Demaci (435,000), Jonathan Jaffe (424,000), Joe Tehan (420,000), and Taylor Paur (400,000). A few players who are still in the mix but will have their work cut out for them with a shorter stack are Phil Hellmuth, Jean-Robert Bellande, Dennis Phillips, Eli Elezra, Scott Clements, Steve Gross, Vanessa Rousso, Allen Cunningham, Freddy Deeb, Todd Brunson, Erick Lindgren, Shannon Shorr, and Daniel Negreanu.

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Notables Eliminated on Day 3:

Will Failla, Doug Lee, Matt Savage, Patrik Antonius, Galen Hall, Justin Bonomo, Jasin Alexander, Thomas Keller, Young Phan, David Baker, Christina Lindley, Josh Brikis, Huck Seed, Victor Ramdin, Sam Stein, Annette Obrestad, Lyle Berman, Lee Watkinson, Mike Caro, Noah Boeken, Raymond Rahme, Shaun Deeb, Minh Ly, Joe Cada, Carlos Mortensen, Tom McEvoy, Nam Le, Brad Garrett, Dan Kelly, John Racener, Neil Channing, Florian Langmann, Jen Harman, Greg Mueller, Matt Matros, Dan Shak, Olivier Busquet and Jason Mercier.

Day 4 Top Chip Counts:

Patrick Poirier: 1,328,000
Daryl Jace: 1,282,500
Chris Kwon: 944,500
David Barter: 917,000
Scott Smith: 896,500
Sebastian Ruthenberg: 889,000
Christopher Bonita: 859,000
Daniel Retallick: 850,000
Brian Park: 820,000
Aleksandr Mozhnyakov: 813,000

Hand of the Day:

Shaun DeebShaun Deeb Crippled, Eliminated

After a player opened the action, Shaun Deeb three-bet from the small blind. Max Heinzelmann four-bet from the big blind, and the original raiser folded. Deeb five-bet, and Heinzelmann shoved for about 220,000 total. Deeb snap called with pocket aces and was up against A-6 off suit. The flop brought a six and the river brought another one, crippling Deeb to just 20,000 and propelling the European to about 440,000. Deeb was eliminated shortly thereafter.