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World Poker Tour Championship -- Day 3

Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Phil Hellmuth and Carlos Mortensen Still in Contention for Title

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Carlos MortensenThere are still four days remaining in the 2010 $25,000 World Poker Tour Championship at Bellagio, but amazingly, only 35 players remain. The field whittled itself down at a rapid pace over five levels of play from the 98 who began the day.

There are two former winners in contention. Carlos Mortensen, (pictured right) who won in 2007, is looking for his third major victory of 2010 and is coming off of last month’s win at the WPT Hollywood Poker Open in Indiana. Mortensen had a solid day at tables and finished near the middle of the pack with 586,000, just over the current average.

The second former winner is 2009 champion Yevgeniy Timoshenko, who continues to push forward in his title defense. Timoshenko had two million dollar scores in 2009 and is hoping to pick up his first of 2010 with a top two finish in this tournament.

Shawn BuchananThe chip leader at the end of day 3 was none other than Shawn Buchanan, (pictured left) who ended day 1 with the chip lead and finished day 2 in second place. Buchanan was coasting through the day before tangling in a series of pots with Brandon Cantu. Eventually, Buchanan flopped a straight and got Cantu to commit the rest of his stack with pocket aces. The straight held and Buchanan surged up the leader board. He finished with 1,841,500, over three times the current average.

Other notables remaining in the tournament include Phil Hellmuth, Billy Baxter, David Williams, David Benyamine, Scotty Nguyen, Josh Arieh, David “Devilfish” Ulliott and 2009 Card Player Player of the Year, Eric Baldwin.

The action will resume at noon on Wednesday and it won’t be long before the players confront the money bubble at 18 players.

Here’s a look at the remaining 35 players and their chip counts.

Rank First Name Last Name Hometown Chip Count Table No. Seat No.
1 SHAWN BUCHANAN ABBOTSFORD, CAN 1,841,500 59 4
2 HEATHER SUE MERCER NEW YORK, NY 1,364,500 61 2
3 ROBERT COOPER PLANTATION, FL 937,000 61 3
4 MATTHEW STOUT LAS VEGAS, NV 919,500 62 2
5 BILLY BAXTER LAS VEGAS, NV 887,500 62 8
6 FARAZ JAKA SAN JOSE, CA 852,000 60 4
7 TODD TERRY HOBOKEN, NJ 817,500 60 2
8 PHIL HELLMUTH PALO ALTO, CA 807,000 62 7
9 DAVID WILLIAMS LAS VEGAS, NV 757,000 61 5
10 DAVID BENYAMINE LAS VEGAS, NV 731,000 59 1
11 JASON LESTER MIAMI, FL 723,000 61 6
12 OLIVIER BUSQUET NEW YORK, NY 671,000 60 8
13 NIKOLAY EVDAKOV MOSCOW, RUSSIA 668,500 62 5
14 CARLOS MORTENSEN HENDERSON, NV 586,000 59 6
15 SCOTTY NGUYEN LAS VEGAS, NV 569,500 62 9
16 BRIAN LEMKE NORRISTOWN, PA 562,000 61 7
17 J.J. LIU LAS VEGAS, NV 495,000 62 4
18 CLIFF JOSEPHY SYOSSET, NY 489,500 62 3
19 RANDAL FLOWERS FORT WORTH, TX 486,500 59 8
20 GUY CICCONI LAS VEGAS, NV 454,000 60 6
21 ROBERT RUGIERO DEARBORN HEIGHTS, MI 453,000 62 6
22 ERIC BALDWIN HENDERSON, NV 387,000 59 5
23 YURY SHAPIRO CHICAGO, IL 357,000 61 8
24 YEVGENIY TIMOSHENKO LAS VEGAS, NV 350,000 62 1
25 MAROUN JAZZAR BEIRUT, LEBANON 318,500 59 3
26 DAVID ULLIOTT HULL, UK 310,000 61 1
27 JOHN OSHEA DUBLIN, IRELAND 308,500 60 5
28 JAMES CALDERARO VENICE, FL 279,000 60 9
29 KYLE BOWKER WALTON, NY 217,500 60 3
30 ANTOINE ARNAULT PARIS, FRANCE 213,500 60 1
31 DANIEL SMITH LAS VEGAS, NV 194,000 61 4
32 CHRISTOPHER MOORE CHICAGO, IL 137,000 61 9
33 JAMES GUINTHER BETHLEHEM, NH 129,000 59 7
34 JOSH ARIEH ATLANTA, GA 115,500 60 7
35 TONY COUSINEAU DAYTON BEACH, FL 105,500 59 2