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WSOP -- Day 3 of the Main Event

Bertrand Grospellier Charges to the Top on Day 3


Day 3 at the World Series of Poker $10,000 no-limit hold’em main event is when the players that survived the chaos of the first days get down to business. The players finally form one cohesive group and huge pots start to develop that can quickly change fortunes in the biggest poker tournament of the year. This year was no different, as many of the top players in the game set themselves up for a deep run in the event, while others busted out and they will now have to wait another year to make a score in the big one. Of the 2,044 players that started the day, just 810 remained when the final bell tolled for the night. The money bubble looms large for tomorrow, with the top 648 players walking away with prize money.

Chief among the big stacks at the end of day 3 is Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier. He finished the day with 1,380,500, and the talented Team PokerStars Pro will be very dangerous with that many chips at his disposal. Other big-name professionals that have some ammo on their side include Ludovic Lacay (925,000), Alexander Kostritsyn (600,000), Kenny Tran (532,000), Jordan Morgan (785,000), and Phil Hellmuth (550,000). Here is a look at the top 10 chip counts from the end of day 3:

1. Betrand Grospellier — 1,380,500
2. Ludovic Lacay — 925,000
3. Christian Heich — 870,000
4. Kasper Cordes — 796,000
5. Jordan Morgan — 785,000
6. Adam Bilzerian — 767,000
7. Saar Wilf — 765,000
8. Gabe Walls — 715,000
9. James Akenhead — 698,000
10. Brennan Hanson — 685,000

The fallen on day 3 included Roland de Wolfe, Bryan Micon, Bill Gazes, Eric Lynch, Steve Brecher, Ville Wahlbeck, Jen Harman, Matt Hawrilenko, Sam Farha, Bill Edler, Adam Schoenfeld, Jean-Robert Bellande, Greg Raymer, Carlos Mortensen, Marco Traniello, Cliff Josephy, Jimmy Fricke, Liz Lieu, Jason Alexander, Lee Watkinson, Lee Markholt, Nam Le, Robert Mizrachi, Kirk Morrison, Dutch Boyd, Josh Arieh, John Juanda, Amit Makhija, Luca Pagano, and Shawn Buchanan.

Day 4 will begin at noon PDT tomorrow, be sure to check back in and catch all of the action. Here are the highlights from Day 3, as featured on’s live updates:

Elky In The Mood For Knockouts Early

Bertrand Grospellier raised from middle position and Mario Soares moved in for his final 16,000. Grospellier made the call and tabled 10Spade Suit 10Diamond Suit. Soares showed 6Heart Suit 6Spade Suit and Grospellier was in good shape to take the hand.

The flop came down 7Club Suit 5Club Suit 4Club Suit and Soares flopped an open ended straight draw. The turn was the QSpade Suit, giving Soares no help and the 5Heart Suit on the river scored a knockout for Grospellier. He was at 225,000.

Phil HellmuthThe Man Can Dodge Bullets Baby

Phil Hellmuth called 1,600 under the gun and the action folded around to the big blind. He put in a raise and Hellmuth called. The flop was JSpade Suit 3Diamond Suit 2Diamond Suit and both players checked. The turn was the 10Spade Suit and they both checked again. The river brought the 5Spade Suit and the big blind led out with 11,500. Hellmuth made the call and the big blind tabled JHeart Suit JDiamond Suit for a set of jacks. Hellmuth showed QDiamond Suit 10Diamond Suit and proceeded to pat himself on the back for losing the minimum.

“I flopped a flush draw, turned a 10 and still almost got away from it for nothing,” Hellmuth said. He was at 280,000.

Bertrand GrospellierElky Doubles To 500,000

Picking up the action on the flop of AClub Suit 5Diamond Suit 4Spade Suit, Bertrand Grospellier led out for 15,500 from the cutoff and the player on the button raised to 40,500. Grospellier then repopped it to 83,000. The button called and the turn was the KDiamond Suit. Grospellier led out for 55,500 and the button moved all in, having Grospellier covered. Grospellier made the quick call for his last 137,900 in chips.

“I’ve got nothing,” the button said as he tabled JClub Suit 9Diamond Suit. Grospellier showed 4Diamond Suit 4Heart Suit for a set and the button was drawing stone cold dead. The river was the meaningless 7Spade Suit and Grospellier doubled to 500,000.

Betrand Grospellier Wins the Largest Hand of the Tournament so Far

A board of 9Heart Suit 7Spade Suit 2Club Suit KClub Suit AHeart Suit and 40,000 sat on the table when Jerry Wong bet 33,000. Bertrand Grospellier raised to 133,000 and then Wong moved all in for 250,000 more. Grospellier made the call and then flipped over 9Diamond Suit 9Club Suit. Wong showed down KDiamond Suit QSpade Suit and he was eliminated from the tournament. Grospellier won the huge pot and he now holds 1.1 million as the chip leader.

Betrand Grospellier Dominating

Elky has been dominating his table since his massive surge to the chip lead. Grospellier raised preflop and was called by an opponent in the big blind. The flop came 8Club Suit 3Heart Suit 3Diamond Suit and the big blind checked to Elky who elected to check behind. The 2Diamond Suit hit the turn and the big blind checked. Elky bet 6,500 and his opponent made the call. The 4Club Suit fell on the river and the big blind checked. Elky checked behind and the big blind exposed the A-10, but it was no good against the A-J of Elky. Elky has been raising almost every hand and is running through his table. He is at 1,200,000.

Vitaly Lunkin

Vitaly Lunkin Wins Triple Up Miracle

A player in middle position raised to 8,000 and Vitaly Lunkin went all in for 38,900 on his immediate left. A player in late position contemplated briefly before making the call. Action was back to the initial raiser who quickly moved all in for about 100,000 more. The player in late position who smooth called Lunkin’s all-in instantly called and tabled the AClub Suit ASpade Suit.

The player in middle position who was the initial raiser exposed the KClub Suit KHeart Suit while Lunkin exposed a dominated KClub Suit 7Club Suit. The flop came 10Diamond Suit 8Club Suit 4Diamond Suit and the aces were still way out in front. The 6Spade Suit hit the turn, giving Lunkin as double gutshot straight draw. It got there on the river as the 9Club Suit fell, doubling up Lunkin to about 120,000.



almost 13 years ago

As I look over the notable names on the chip leader list I see only a dozen or so "big" names, including "the Phils". Peter Eastgate and Dennis Phillips would make a great final table rematch! However, like last year, much of the feild is foreign, internet sponsered players. I mentioned to someone last year that a european would win the main event, just because of the shear numbers that were there...and I believe it might happen again...Elky is having a great year. Clear message to me is get the internet back to the US! DUH...get it together Feds..let the internet companies spend some $$ here too!


almost 13 years ago

Go elky go! Go elky go!


almost 13 years ago

why would anyone care to see dennis phillips at the final table? the guy will probably never be heard from again, he's terrible


almost 13 years ago

When they list Jason Alexander as one of the fallen, are they referring to the one I'm thinking of? Why would he be listed with pros?