Event 45: $50,000 Poker Players Championship
Event 45: $50,000 Poker Players Championship
Day 3 completed

Blom Spikes One-Outer To Steal End-of-Day Chip Lead

[user68268] • Level 15
Viktor Blom and Luke Schwartz
Viktor Blom and Luke Schwartz

Day 3 of Event 45: $50,000 Poker Players Championship has come to a close after the third batch of five levels was played out. At the end of the night, 26 competitors bagged and tagged their chips to return for Wednesday's Day 4.

Entering the day, 62 players remained with Andy Bloch leading the way. Bloch kept himself at the top of the pack for most of the day, but slid towards the end of the night before wrapping up with 667,000. Bloch earned his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet earlier this year in Event 7: $1,500 Seven Card Stud.

The day came with plenty of action, but it didn't involve any controversy like last night did (see Part 1 and Part 2). Still, the situation from last night was on a lot of players' minds and it was discussed often throughout the day.

Plenty of notables hit the rail during Day 3, including Matt Hawrilenko, Brian Hastings, Scott Clements, David Benyamine, Jason Mercier and defending champion Brian Rast. Rast was eliminated in a hand against Ben Yu. Joining them on the rail was Matt Glantz, Patrik Antonius and Huck Seed.

On top of the pack at the end of the night was Viktor Blom, but it took a miracle for him to get there. Blom robbed Joe Cassidy of a massive pot in the last few hands of the night by smacking a one-outer on a hand of Pot-Limit Omaha. The pot was worth well over a million and Blom finished on 1.262 million.

Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi will be returning to play on Wednesday as he's still in contention along with his brother Robert Mizrachi. If you remember back to 2010, the year Michael won the event, his brother Robert also made the final table. Those two could be in line for another joint final table here in 2012.

Play is scheduled to resume at 2:00 PM PT on Wednesday and it's going to be extra fun with the money bubble popping for sure. PokerNews will have all of the live coverage from the floor and we hope to have you joining us. Until then, enjoy the rest of our coverage from the 2012 WSOP.

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Day 4 Seating Assignments and Chip Counts

Happy_Freaked • Level 15

It is expected that the tables will be balanced right at the start of play because Table 445 has five players and each of the rest each has seven.

TableSeatNameChip Count
4451Robert Mizrachi252,000
4452Mike Wattel870,000
4453--empty----
4454--empty----
4455David Chiu160,000
4456John Hennigan992,000
4457Chris Klodnicki858,000
4458--empty----
    
4461Jeff Lisandro204,000
4462Bruno Fitoussi861,000
4463David Baker1,025,000
4464Bill Chen984,000
4465Stephen Chidwick874,000
4466Michael Glick71,000
4467Phil Ivey397,000
4468--empty----
    
4471Roland Israelashvili570,000
4472Viktor Blom1,262,000
4473Antony Lellouche447,000
4474Andy Bloch667,000
4475John Monnette586,000
4476Luke Schwartz500,000
4477Ben Yu653,000
4478--empty----
    
4491Joe Cassidy141,000
4492Brett Richey256,000
4493Daniel Alaei1,058,000
4494Lyle Berman660,000
4495David Oppenheim1,165,000
4496Michael Mizrachi632,000
4497Phil Hellmuth28,000
4498--empty----

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts

Happy_Freaked
Viktor Blom se 1,262,000 52,000
David Oppenheim us 1,165,000 35,000
Daniel Alaei us 1,058,000 108,000
David ODB Baker us 1,025,000 37,000
John Hennigan us 992,000 322,000
Bill Chen us 984,000 199,000
Stephen Chidwick gb 874,000 -38,000
Mike Wattel us 870,000 -12,000
Bruno Fitoussi fr 861,000 -159,000
Chris Klodnicki us 858,000 23,000
Andy Bloch us 667,000 79,000
Lyle Berman us 660,000 30,000
Ben Yu us 653,000 -53,000
Michael Mizrachi us 632,000 -2,000
John Monnette us 586,000 -124,000
Roland Israelashvili us 570,000 246,000
Luke Schwartz gb 500,000 -160,000
Antony Lellouche fr 447,000 27,000
Phil Ivey us 397,000 -48,000
Brett Richey us 256,000 13,000
Robert Mizrachi 252,000 27,000
Jeff Lisandro au 204,000 -146,000
David Chiu us 160,000 35,000
Joe Cassidy us 141,000 91,000
Michael Glick us 71,000 -129,000

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Blom Smashes One-Outer Against Cassidy

[user68268]
Viktor Blom
Viktor Blom

As if we thought we'd get through the night without anyting crazy happening...

"Oh my god! Oh my god!" said Joe Cassidy over and over after springing from his chair, with his hands clenched tight to his head as if he was holding his baseball cap on for dear life in a windstorm.

Viktor Blom also shot out of his chair, but was on the complete opposite side of the spectrum. He was all smiles and giddy. He walked over to the table next to his, reached across between Phil Hellmuth and David Oppenheim to Luke Schwartz on the other side of the table, gave him a big high five.

When Blom smacked Schwartz's hand, he said, "One-outer, baby!" Schwartz smiled and congratulated him.

Cassidy was still pacing back and forth with his hands on his head and here's what happened.

Pot-Limit Omaha

Cassidy and Blom were in action on the {10-Spades}{9-Hearts}{5-Clubs} flop and Cassidy was first to act. He checked and his Swedish counterpart fired a bet of 38,000. Cassidy raised and made it 138,000 to go. Blom called.

The {A-Diamonds} hit the turn and Cassidy potted it for 485,000. Blom called and was all in. Blom held the {A-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{2-Hearts} for a set of nines. Cassidy held the {A-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{10-Diamonds} for a set of tens.

The river nailed the {9-Clubs} and gave Blom a miracle one-outer. He srpung from his chair in shock and excitement. Cassidy sprung from his chair in the opposite manner, but just as shocked.

With that pot, Blom moved up over one million in chips while Cassidy was crushed down to just about 50,000 in chips.

Viktor Blom se 1,210,000 670,000
Joe Cassidy us 50,000 -689,000

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Hellmuth Doubles

[user139916]

Pot-Limit Omaha

Phil Hellmuth limped in from the hijack for 8,000, leaving 8,000 behind. Action folded to Luke Schwartz in the big blind and he raised, leading to Hellmuth calling all in.

Hellmuth: {A-Spades}{Q-Spades}{6-Clubs}{2-Hearts}
Schwartz: {A-Hearts}{J-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}

The board rolled out {7-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{2-Spades}{K-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}, giving Hellmuth sevens and deuces to get the much needed double.

Phil Hellmuth us 36,000 9,000

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Ben Yu Unbusto!

Happy_Freaked

Pot-Limit Omaha

For a second it seemed like Ben Yu didn't make the fourth day of play, but then everything changed. Here's a look at his two Tweets about the hand he just played against Michael Mizrachi.

The flop read {10-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{3-Spades} and Michael Mizrachi bet 60,000 after which Ben Yu raised pot. Mizrachi re-potted and Yu called all in for 309,000 total. This created the following showdown.

Michael Mizrachi{3-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}
Ben Yu{Q-Spades}{10-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{J-Spades}

The turn was the {4-Diamonds} and the river the {7-Hearts} giving Yu a straight and the double up. Yu is far from busto and above average as we head into the fourth day of play.

Ben Yu us 706,000 462,000
Michael Mizrachi us 634,000 -356,000

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