Day 3 completed
Day 3 completed
It took an exhausting five-hour heads-up match for the final four to be set, but with the elimination of Marvin Rettenmaier in fifth place, only four players remain in the quest for a WSOP bracelet in Event 6, the $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Mixed-Max.
Day 3 began with 31 players looking to navigate their respective ways through the bracket. For Warwick Mirzikinian, his path to the the final four was a bit easier than the rest. As the #1 seed to begin the day, Mirzikinian earned a first-round bye and after defeating Ryan O'Donnell and Rettenmaier, his final four ticket was punched. He will face Aubin Cazals, the #5 seed to start the day. Eric Froehlich, Toby Lewis, and Adam Geyer are in his rear-view mirror as he prepares for a date with Mirzikinian.
2010 November Niner Joseph Cheong (the #7 seed) is in search of his first bracelet and after defeating Nabih Zaczac, Brock Parker, and Fabrizio Baldassari, Cheong is in position to capture it. He'll square off against Hugo Lemaire (the #14 seed). The path for Lemaire included wins against Robert Tepper, Aaron Jones, and Randy Haddox.
Here are the matchups with their chip counts for Sunday's Day 4:
There will be plenty of room for them to play as the blinds and antes will be at 2,500/5,000/500. Thanks for following our coverage of Day 3 and be sure to join us at 1pm local time Sunday to see who the next WSOP bracelet winner will be!
Warwick Mirzikinian limped blind on the button and Martin Rettenmaier raised to 31,000 from the big blind. Mirzikinian took a peek at his cards and prompty three-bet to 65,000, putting the action back on Rettenmaier.
About one minute passed before Rettenmaier re-raised all in for 255,500 total. Mirzikinian mulled it over briefly before opting to call with . Rettenmaier trailed slightly with , but the flop gave him a huge lead. The turn kept him there, but the smashed down on the river to give Mirzikinian a winning set, ending Rettenmaier's tournament with a fifth-place finish.
Warwick Mirzikinian has employed an interesting strategy during the current level as many times on his button, he has called dark before the cards have even been dealt. It appears to be working to his advantage as he has managed to steadily increase his lead.
In one such hand Rettenmaier checked his option, landing an flop. Rettenmaier led out 11,000, but was quickly called by Mirzikinian. The hit the turn and Rettenmaier fired again, this time for 28,000. Another call from Mirzikinian delivered the river. Rettenmaier checked and proceeded to fold when Mirzikinian bet 75,000.
A limped pot between the two delivered a flop. Both checked to see the turn where Rettenmaier checked for a second time. Mirzikinian bet 15,000, Rettenmaier popped it to 41,000, and Mirzikinian called. The hit the river and Rettenmaier checked, resulting in a bet of 40,000 from Mirzikinian.
Rettenmaier called, but mucked when Mirzikinian tabled for a flush.
The players are on a 20-minute break. A few more pots went Rettenmaier's way to give him the chip lead.
Marvin Rettenmaier opened to 17,000 on the button and Warwick Mirzikinian re-raised to 38,000 in the big blind. Rettermaier came right back over the top to what looked to be 65,500, but that didn't slow down Mirzikinian. He took about 30 seconds before five-betting to 170,000.
Rettenmaier took about 90 seconds before six-betting all in for 369,500. A quick call from Mirzikinian put the cards on their backs.
The board rolled out a safe for Rettenmaier, giving him nearly an even stack with Mirzikinian.
Marvin Rettenmaier decided to make it 17,000 to see a flop, and Warwick Mirzikinian obliged and made the call. A flop came out and we found Mirzikinian check-calling a 21,500 bet from Rettenmaier. The turn brought two checks, and a river allowed for a 25,000 bet from Mirzikinian. Rettenmaier called and flipped over which was more than good enough to beat Mirzikinian's .