Liebert and Tran were among the chip leaders throughout the event, which attracted 609 entrants. The field was smaller than last year's group of 783, as some are boycotting WPT events because of the requirement that players sign a release form permitting uncontrolled use of their images in other media. The new legislation making it more difficult for US players to qualify for these big buy-in events online seems to have had an impact on the numbers as well.
The action throughout the event was intense, as almost 438 players busted out on Day 1 alone. Day 1 also saw the demise of many well-known players, among them Layne Flack, Men Nguyen, Victor Ramdin, who won the Foxwoods Classic main event this past spring, Michael Mizrachi, John D'Agostino, Mike Matusow, T.J. Cloutier, Casey Kastle, Gavin Smith, Doyle and Todd Brunson, Cyndi Violette, John Juanda, JC Tran, Scotty Nguyen, Bill Chen, Joe Cassidy, Lee Markholt, Melissa Hayden, Matt Matros, Carlos Mortenson and Captain Tom Franklin.
Those departing on Day 2 included Jeff Madsen, Miami John Cernuto, Alex Jacob, Cliff Josephy, Nam Le, Chad Brown, Padraig Parkinson, Michael Binger and Jean-Robert Bellande. Also busted on Day 2, but having reached the money, were Chris Tsiprailidis, Allen Kessler, Hoyt Corkins and Carlo Sciannameo, each taking home $14,309, and Mark Gregorich, who took home $20,033.
Among prominent players cashing on Day 3 were Clonie Gowan and Daniel Negreanu, each pocketing $25, 757, with Negreanu vowing never to return because he disliked the fast-escalating blind structure.
Meanwhile, Liebert and Tran hung on, increasing their chip positions for a run at the big prize. First place pays $1,717,491.
Chip positions going into the final table are as follows:
- EG Harvin: 4,680,000
- Mimi Tran: 2,519,000
- Kathy Liebert: 2,500,000
- Nenad Medic: 1,281,000
- Michael Perry: 682,000
- Michael Omelchuk: 533,000