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Day 3 of the WPT Festa al Lago Main Event

Steve O'Dwyer Leads Final 41 Players

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Brandon StevenAfter only three days of play, the field of 335 players at the World Poker Tour Festa al Lago main event has already grinded itself down to the final 41.

A total of 99 players began the day with the hopes of making the money, but only 50 would accomplish the task. Notables who missed out on a payday included David Williams, David Singer, Hoyt Corkins, Daniel Negreanu, Cornel Cimpan, Ted Lawson, Vanessa Selbst, Men Nguyen and Lee Markholt.

While the players hit the rail at a steady pace, it was near November Nine member Brandon Steven who was creeping up the chip counts. When the field reached the money bubble, Steven got his stack in holding pocket aces against Owen Crowe and his big slick. The aces held and Crowe was left crippled. Three hands later, Crowe was eliminated by Gavin Smith to end hand-for-hand play.

Steve O'DwyerThere was still another level to complete before play ended and many used the time to put themselves into good position for day 4. Among the notables at the top of the leader board when play concluded were Jeff Madsen, Andreas Hoivold, Randal Flowers Jason Koon and Lyle Berman. Steve O’Dwyer, who final tabled a WPT event at Bellagio last December, ended the night in first place.

Two Card Player Player of the Year contenders are also still in contention. Both Jared Jaffe and Tom Marchese are hoping to add to their point totals with just over two months remaining in the race.

Here’s a look at the players who busted in the money.

50. Eric Wasserson — $12,896
49. Patrick Eskandar — $12,896
48. Gavin Smith — $12,896
47. Hoang Ho — $12,896
46. Joe Tehan — $12,896
45. Shawn Pilot — $12,896
44. Steve Zolotow — $12,896
43. Joe Brandenburg — $12,896
42. Joe Elpayaa — $12,896

Here’s a look at the chip counts and seating assignments heading into day 4.

Rank First Name Last Name Chip Count Table Seat
1 STEPHEN ODWYER 844,500 60 6
2 JEFFREY MADSEN 814,000 61 4
3 RANDAL FLOWERS 795,500 60 7
4 ANDREAS HOIVOLD 632,500 59 8
5 JASON KOON 586,000 61 5
6 LYLE BERMAN 458,500 61 1
7 RYAN GOINDOO 450,000 61 3
8 MICHAEL BENVENUTI 444,500 60 5
9 JARED JAFEE 426,500 59 1
10 BRANDON STEVEN 425,000 56 4
11 MCLEAN KARR 388,500 61 2
12 MATTHEW STOUT 382,500 62 8
13 BRANDON NOVENA 375,000 57 5
14 ANDY FRANKENBERGER 360,500 62 1
15 DANIEL ALAEI 355,000 62 4
16 ANNETTE OBRESTAD 343,500 58 8
17 TREVOR POPE 331,500 59 6
18 ERIK CAJELAIS 320,500 58 1
19 JOHN MONNETTE 313,500 59 4
20 BARRY GREENSTEIN 291,500 60 2
21 ROBERT SUER 286,000 59 2
22 NANCY TODD-TYNER 277,500 59 9
23 JOHN KRPAN 275,000 61 8
24 RONALD LEE 267,000 57 3
25 MATTHEW AFFLECK 262,500 61 7
26 ALLEN KESSLER 259,000 60 9
27 MARK NEWHOUSE 221,000 59 5
28 THOMAS MARCHESE 215,000 60 3
29 JAMES ST. HILAIRE 214,000 62 5
30 JEREMY RAFALOWICZ 209,500 62 6
31 AMIT MAKHIJA 204,000 58 9
32 ALLEN KESSLER 198,000 58 9
33 NOAH SCHWARTZ 181,000 59 7
34 CHAD BATISTA 180,000 62 2
35 KAIED BARKHO 166,000 61 9
36 SKIP WILSON 141,500 61 6
37 LAUREN KLING 141,000 60 1
38 JIMMY TRAN 123,500 62 4
39 RYAN YOUNG 95,500 58 2
40 DAVID PETERS 93,500 59 3
41 TONY BRACY 68,000 60 4