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World Series Of Poker -- Kassela Leads Going Into Final Day

Field Goes Into Final Day Still Shy Of The Money


Frank KasselaAfter 18 levels of play and 152 eliminations, the field of event No. 15 ($10,000 seven-card stud eight-or-better world championship) has yet to reach the money. The day ended with 18 players remaining, two spots shy of the 16 places that get paid.

Eliminations occurred quickly throughout the course of the day as players like Scott Clements, Phil Ivey, Barry Shulman and defending champion Jeffrey Lisandro all fell. But eliminations slowed to a crawl in the last two levels of play as the money bubble approached.

The field was at 24 players when level 17 started and by the end of level 18 only six players hit the rail, including Brandon Adams, Mike Sexton and Phil Hellmuth.

The chip leader going into the final day is Frank Kassela, who bagged up 515,000 in chips at the end of the night. However, he will not have an easy time holding that chip lead as notables like Marco Johnson, John Juanda and Steve Zolotow are all in contention.

When the money bubble finally bursts on day three, the 16th-place finisher will take home $28,220. The winner of the event will take home $447,446 and the bracelet.

Here is a look at the full prize pool for the event:

1: $447,446
2: $276,485
3: $173,159
4: $125,379
5: $97,989
6: $78,142
7: $63,456
8: $52,366
9-10: $43,833
11-12: $37,297
13-14: $32,439
15-16: $28,220

Stay tuned to as we bring you all of the live updates from the final day of play tomorrow, which begins at 3:30 p.m.

Here are the chip counts at the end of play:

Frank Kassela 515,000
Sergey Altbregin 497,000
Kirill Rabtsov 388,000
Alessio Isaia 382,000
Marco Johnson 379,000
John Juanda 368,000
Christopher George 317,000
Allen Kessler 316,000
Steve Zolotow 301,000
Gary Benson 300,000
Blair Rodman 284,000
Vladimir Schmelev 275,000
Jennifer Harman 197,000
Chip Jett 178,000
Dario Minieri 139,000
Toto Leonidas 112,000
Alexander Dovzhenko 80,000
George Lind 76,000