WSOP Main Event Day 3: Notables Build Stacks and Asian Hopes Intact

Today began with 2,186 players pouring into the tournament area; less than a third of the 6,737 players who began this tournament. Valentin Vornicu led the way, but there were plenty of well known pros still in the chasing pack. By the end of the day, only 798 were left standing, and the money bubble had burst. Players who min cashed received $15,000, while the top prize has been set at $8 million.

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798 players are left standing


Some of the players who won’t be getting their hands on that money include: Phil Hellmuth, Kitty Kuo, Vanessa Selbst, Bertrand Grospellier, Tony Dunst, Michael Mizrachi and Scott Seiver, as they all busted today. With the money bubble now burst and the field hurtling towards the business end of proceedings, day 4 is an exciting prospect.


Antonio EsfandiariThe big news stories at the end of the third day are headlined by Antonio Esfandiari who bagged up a top ten chip stack with 1,381,000. Kenny Hallaert leads the way with 1,709,000. Others close behind include: Marc-Andre Ladouceur (1,302,000), Shaun Deeb (1,266,000), Eugene Katchalov (1,235,000), Steve O’Dwyer (1,172,000) and Melanie Weisner (1,083,000).

Further down the list we find more stars, including two-time champion Johnny Chan (588,000), and Daniel Colman (389,000). In truth, there are dozens of recognisable names still in the field and countless former bracelet winners.

Asian notables

In addition, there are still many Asian notables going strong: Aditya Sushant (1,039,000), Pakinai Lisawad (970,000), Konosuke Sakurada (732,000), Kakwan Lau (629,600) and Chris Chong (549,000).

Moving further down the order, we have Gan Siong (543,000), Sharavan Chhabria (445,000), Akshay Bharadwaj (387,000), Naixuan Shi (368,000) and Yueqi Zhu (361,000).

Other notables still standing include Raiden Kan (164,000), Aditya Agarwal (125,000) and Raghav Bansal (84,000).

Australia & New Zeland

The same can be said of Australian hopes, as they have Craig Blight (987,000), Brendon Rubie (798,000), James Obst (780,000) and Alexander Lynskey (209,000) to name just a few. New Zealand also have a big stack in the mix, with Jan Suchanek carrying 1,232,000 into day 4.

Top 10 Chip Counts

Place Player Stack
1 Kenny Hallaert 1,709,000
2 Jared Bleznick 1,607,000
3 Duy Ho 1,480,000
4 Kilian Kramer 1,400,000
5 Mark Zullo 1,390,000
6 Myung Mike Shin 1,385,000
7 Antonio Esfandiari 1,381,000
8 Nolan King 1,355,000
9 Jasthi Kumar 1,351,000
10 Farhad Jamasi 1,302,000

Remaining players after Day 3:  FULL LIST & CHIP COUNT

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Louis Hartwell

Graduated in Media Communication at the University of Lausanne, Louis Hartman is a co-founder of He began his career in Cambodia as freelance journalist. In same time he was making his living by playing poker every night at that time. Intense learner, he read dozens of poker strategy books to improve his skills during many years. With a strong interest about poker "behind the scene" in Asia and his communication skills, Louis launched Somuchpoker in 2014.

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