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Aruba Poker Classic Day 3

The Field Charges Down into the Money While Robert Mizrachi Still Leads the Way


Matt Brady Wins the 2008 Aruba Poker ClassicDay 3 at the 2009 Aruba Poker Classic saw 85 players return for their shot at the first-place prize worth $753,330, and by the end of a quick day of play, just 36 remained in the hunt. The money-bubble burst when 45 players remained, but action continued down to 36 players so that tables can be seated six-handed tomorrow. Robert Mizrachi remained in possession of his spot as king of the mountain, and he increased his chip lead to 743,500 by the end of play. Joining him in the top 10 is Card Player Player of the Year contender Eric Baldwin, who holds 330,000. Defending champion Matt Brady (pictured left) is still in the mix, as well; he holds 50,000 heading into day 4. Here is a look at the tournament statistics from day 3:

Day 3 Chip Leaders:

Robert Mizrachi: 743,500
Ty Reiman: 420,000
Brandon Hall: 335,000
Brent Roberts: 335,000
Eric Baldwin: 330,000
Matt Ross: 320,000
James Czarnecki: 305,000
John Venturini: 255,000
Travis Rice: 255,000
Max Greenwood: 236,000

Notable Chip Counts:

Brock Parker: 187,000
Matt Vengrin: 175,000
Matt Brady: 50,000
Zachary Clark: 38,000

Hand of the Day:

Phil Hellmuth Eliminated

With blinds at 1,200-2,400 with a 400 ante Phil Hellmuth raised to 8,000 preflop under the gun, and John Venturini reraised on the button to 15,000. Hellmuth reraised all in, and Venturini made the call. Their cards:

Hellmuth: AHeart Suit KHeart Suit
Venturini: ADiamond Suit ASpade Suit

Board: QHeart Suit 5Diamond Suit 4Club Suit 6Heart Suit QClub Suit

Hellmuth was eliminated on the hand, and Venturini saw his stack grow into a contender.

Day 3 Eliminations: Tim West, Shawn Rice, Gavin Smith, Phil Hellmuth, Johan Storakers, Casey Kastle, David Sands

Day 3 Cashes:

45: Vassil Kakaradov — $9,210
44: Jonathan Lessin — $9,210
43: Anthony Kastelic — $9,210
42: Marc Levy — $9,210
41: Joe Le — $9,210
40: Mike Collins — $9,210
39: Alex Wendell — $9,210
38: Oscar Esteban — $9,210
37: John Strzemp — $9,210