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.
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.
The 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.
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
|6||Myung Mike Shin||1,385,000|
Remaining players after Day 3: FULL LIST & CHIP COUNT