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Foxwoods Poker Classic -- Day 3

Only 17 Players Remain, Lee Markholt Leads the Field


Lee MarkholtComing into the third day of competition at the Foxwoods Poker Classic, a strong field of 59 remained with only 30 spots guaranteed to make the money. Reigning Foxwoods champion Jonathan Little was still in the mix, but was eliminated early on in the day when he ran a medium ace into a dominating hand. His heads-up opponent from last November, Jonathan Jaffe, also suffered a similar fate after making a move at the wrong time against Mohsin "chicagocards1" Charania.

Meanwhile, Lee Markholt (pictured left) was busy making his move. After coming into the day in dead last place, Markholt wasted no time putting himself back into contention. Markholt doubled up twice before the bubble, once with pocket aces and again with a set of eights to take himself out of the danger zone.

Charania was rolling early on, but his kings ran into aces and left him crippled on the bubble. After making a desperate shove with Q-10, Andy Stone made the call with A-8 and it held, putting the young online pro on the rail and out of the money.

Shortly after the bubble burst, Markholt took out Jerry Wong in a huge pot that catapulted him to the top of the leader board. Markholt raised and was called by both Dan Heimiller and Wong. The flop came out 10 5 4, and Markholt continued with a bet. Heimiller folded, and Wong raised for a lot of his chips. Markholt put him all in, and Wong made the call with A 9, hoping his draw could overcome Markholt's pocket kings. The turn and river ran out 8 and 10, and Markholt took the massive pot. Amazingly, Markholt finished the day in first place after coming into the day in last.

Amnon FilippiHere is a look at the top 10 along with some of the notables left in the field:

1. Lee Markholt -- 1,118,500
2. Amnon Filippi (pictured right) -- 828,500
3. Vadim Trincher -- 730,500
4. Anthony Gargano -- 629,500
5. Barry Greenstein -- 595,000
6. Joe Raposa -- 511,500
7. Alex Perelberg -- 510,000
8. Leonard Cortellino -- 500,500
9. William Botchis -- 434,000
10. Josh Bergman -- 408,500

Other notables:

12. Matthew Casterella -- 393,000
13. David Williams -- 258,500
14. Allen Kessler -- 184,500

The remaining 17 players will return on Monday at 12:00 pm EST to battle down to the final six players that make up the World Poker Tour televised table.

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