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In Sun Geoum Leads The 1,182 Remaining Players Battling For The $8.8 Million Top Prize


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After three full days of play, the 2018 World Series of Poker $10,000 buy-in main event has narrowed the second-largest field in the tournament’s history (7,874 entries) down to just 1,182 remaining players. At around 12:30 AM local time the money bubble burst. With the elimination of Matthew Hopkins, the remaining top 1,182 finishers all locked up at least a $15,000 payday in this year’s world championship. Of course, they all still have their eyes on the championship bracelet and the top prize of $8,800,000.

Hopkins was eliminated when moved all-in over the top of Bryce McVay’s 15,000 raise from middle position. Hopkins jammed for 49,000 with the AClub Suit5Heart Suit and McVay called with the ADiamond SuitQSpade Suit. McVay was in a dominant position heading into the flop, and the board ran out 10Heart Suit8Diamond Suit6Diamond Suit2Heart SuitASpade Suit to put an end to hand-for-hand play. Although he was knocked out on the bubble, Hopkins did not leave empty-handed. The WSOP gave him a consolation prize: a seat into the 2019 main event.

Phil Ivey on day 3 of the2018 WSOP main eventWhen the dust settled In Sun Geoum was the chip leader with 1,696,000. Other top stacks include Frankie Flowers (1,624,000), Samuel Bernabeu (1,418,000), Michael Lavenburg (1,356,000) and Julius Malzanini (1,292,000).

A number of the biggest names in the game are still in with plenty of chips, including a pair of two-time bracelet winners in Eric Froelich (1,235,000) and Ben Yu (1,040,000), online tournament poker’s biggest winner Chris Moorman (969,000), three-time World Poker Tour main event winner Chino Rheem (904,000), ten-time bracelet winner Phil Ivey (827,000), Patrik Antonius (460,000) and many more.

2015 WSOP main event 29th place finisher Kelly Minkin was the last female player standing that year. She bagged up 795,000 at the end of day 3, and is looking to be the last player of any gender remaining in 2018. Card Player TV caught up with Minkin earlier in the day for a quick interview regarding her start to day 3 and more. Check out the video below:

Phil Hellmuth was eliminated on day 3Five former winners of the main event are still alive with a chance of becoming repeat champions. Johnny Chan (162,000) is the only player left with a shot at becoming a three-time champion in this event, having won back-to-back titles in 1987 and 1988. 2010 winner Jonathan Duhamel (450,000), 2009 champ Joe Cada (211,000), 2002 winner Robert Varkonyi (181,100) and 1998 champion Scotty Nguyen (74,300) are all still in contention as well.

Some of the many notable players that failed to survive day 3 include six-time bracelet winner Chris Ferguson, Jason Koon, David Bach, Anthony Zinno, Alex Foxen, Steffen Sontheimer, Erick Lindgren, Jason Mercier, comedian Ray Romano, 2012 champion of this event Greg Merson and all-time WSOP bracelet leader Phil Hellmuth.

The ‘Poker Brat’ got the last of his stack in preflop with ASpade SuitKClub Suit ahead of his Jans Arends’ ADiamond Suit9Diamond Suit. A nine spiked the river to send Hellmuth home midway through the day.

The final 1,182 players will return for day 4 at 11 a.m. PT on Sunday, July 8.

For a full list of chip counts heading into day 4 CLICK HERE.

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