Day 3 of the WSOP Main Event is in the bag and it’s shaping up to be a classic. When it came time to bag and tag just 666 players were left – just 18 players away from the cash. That means play is likely to crawl at the start of Day Four as the short stacks try to eke their way into the money.
Of course, that leaves the big stacks free to bully and build their own towers. Maxx Coleman has the privilege of heading up the runners and is the only players to boast over a million chips with 1,071,500. PKR pro Vladimir Geshkenbein is another player worth keeping an eye on. Currently in fifth with 900,000 chips, Beyne, as he’s known on PKR, has the aggression and the game to stick near the top (or blow up and bust within two hands!).
You don’t have to look too far down the chip counts to see some big names lurking. Doyle Brunson – who had initially said he wasn’t playing the WSOP, but was tempted back by the offer to call ‘Shuffle Up and Deal’ – is looking for one last deep run to cement his legacy. Brunson is currently on a healthy 626,000. UK pro Luke Schwartz is also near the top, along with Annette Obrestad and ElkY. Defending champ Greg Merson is also in the hunt with a stack of 390,500.
Unfortunately the two Phils, Hellmuth and Ivey, were both eliminated, the latter in a set-over-set cooler for a huge pot. The lucky recipient of Ivey’s chips was Max Steinberg who is currently third.
The action starts again in a few hours when the bubble will burst and we’ll get a clearer idea of who is going to be in pole position for the first prize of $8,359,531.
2013 WSOP Main Event top 10:
1st Maxx Coleman 1,071,500
2nd Joshua Prager 993,000
3rd Max Steinberg 987,500
4th Dick van Luijk 940,000
5th Vladimir Geshkenbein 900,000
6th Nick Schwarmann 893,000
7th Matthew Huey 885,500
8th Chris Johnson 862,000
9th Umang Dattani 848,000
10th Kevin Williams 808,500