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WSOP Day 3 Wrap: A Day in Two Parts

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Friday can be broken cleanly into two parts: getting to the cash and playing until the end. Part I was an exciting adventure, as 286 players needed to bust out to reach the money. Some of the big names that we looked at yesterday didn't make it to the bubble, including Layne Flack, Juan Carlos Mortensen, Josh Arieh, Chris Ferguson, and David Grey. As the bubble approached, the Tournament Director orchestrated play: each table would play one round, with all players eliminated being escorted to two tables converted into the Losers' Lounge. If they hit the money, then the cash would be split among those eliminated. The first round left them three short of the money, so another round was played. Everyone was certain that this time they would reach the money, and eleven players went out and received $10,616 each. The roar wasn't deafening, as many people were on cell phones talking to friends and loved ones, but the excitement was palpable. On the next round, it was a shove fest as players let go of their inhibitions. They had to stop play at one point as so many people had busted out, overwhelming the payout stations.

An incredible evaporation of chips occurred during this time and didn't abate for quite awhile. Daniel Negreanu had his mother and wife near the rail, sitting quietly and watching the action. The action was all with Negreanu, losing chips at a rapid rate. He caught two pair with 10-8 on the river, unfortunately giving his opponent's J-10 two pair as well. By 9:00PM, he only had black chips in front of him. Black chips might be good in a cash game, but in the Main Event it was a catastrophe. He bounced between $70,000 and 20,000 through the rest of the night, and then made a late run to finish around $100,000.

Joseph Hachem had a tough day as well. He started with $114,000 and had built his stack up to $178,000 at one point. Through the night, Vaughn Sandman started getting to him, making moves at all the right times. Hachem started bleeding chips, then Sandman finally pushed Hachem over the edge, after Hachem re-raised another player $22,500, Sandman moved all-in from the button, leading to a speech from Hachem. He tossed A-K onto the table, and then Sandman showed A-Q as he stacked chips. Hachem was furious, and it took a break to calm down. He was down to $78,000 as the end approached, but finished strong to $178,000.

Other top pros lurking in the middle of the pack include Hoyt Corkins, Ted Forrest, and Annie Duke. Cyndy Violette, Mark Vos, and Surindar Sunar are short-stacked heading into Day 4.

A couple of players continued their strong play on Day 3. Dmitri Nobles continued his unorthodox play, raising at will and running over his table much of the day. He was chip leader until late, lost the chip lead briefly, and then won a monster pot at the end of the night when his queens were paid off by A-10. Jason Strasser looked solid all day, staying patient and not doing anything too silly. He looked to be in the Top 20 by the end of the day. Pros David Chiu, Allen Cunningham, and Humberto Brenes head into Day 4 in great shape and some newcomers moved into the Top 20 in chips. Debra Lolor from Sunnyvale, California was sick most of the last three days. "I've been throwing up during breaks and then drinking half and half while I take Aleve." Not exactly a good prescription for an upset stomach, but it worked well for accumulating chips. She made a great run late and moved up to $550k as the night ended.

Less than 500 players remain for Day 4, and the field has moved to join the chip leaders. PokerWorks will have a complete analysis of the start of Day 4, so check back throughout the day. Check back frequently for more insight and up to date reports. You can always see the latest action at Quest of a Closet Poker Player.

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