Event #62: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event
Event #62: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event
Day 3 completed

Official Chip Counts (full)

Matthew • Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
Maxx Coleman us 1,071,500
Joshua Prager us 993,000
Max Steinberg us 987,500
Jon Lane us 958,500 957,542
Dick van Luijk BE 940,000
Vladimir Geshkenbein ru 900,000
Nick Schwarmann us 893,000
Matthew Huey US 885,500
Chris Johnson us 862,000
Guilherme Garcia BR 853,500
Umang Dattani ca 848,000
Ara Melikian US 819,000 535,200
Kevin Williams GB 808,500
Somar Al-Darwich DE 796,500 10,000
Robert Koss us 761,500
Bryan Pellegrino it 752,000
Kyle Julius us 751,000
Rachid Ben Cherif nl 746,500 36,500
George Wong us 711,000
Bradley Myers us 708,000 536,600
Donald Swartz US 699,000
Stephane Blouin CA 692,500 621,400
Samuel Taylor us 686,500
Christopher Lindh US 683,000
David Paredes us 680,000

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Day 3 Done and Dusted: Coleman Leads; Brunson and Merson Going Strong; Ivey Eliminated

[user68268] • Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
Doyle Brunson
Doyle Brunson

Day 3 of the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event is all over. Today marked a very important day for the event, as the survivors from all starting fields finally united together in one field of play. Another five levels were completed, and the remaining field sits oh so close to the money. With the top 648 places making the money, the bubble will burst within the first couple of hours tomorrow, making it a day you will not want to miss. There are 666 players remaining to end the night.

The man standing on top of the mountain at the end of the day proved to be Maxx Coleman from Derby, Kansas. He bagged up 1,071,500 in chips. Coleman has several smaller cashes on his record, with his largest being for $11,130 coming from a Mid-States Poker Tour event in 2012. He has one WSOP cash, and it came this year when he placed 98th in Event #3: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em for $3,388.

While Coleman may have the chip lead moving forward, today was all about the continued success of two former champions of this event, one old and one new, and one who did it twice. The first was 10-time WSOP gold bracelet winner and two-time WSOP Main Event champion Doyle Brunson. The second was the defending champion Greg Merson. The story of these two players will be focused on immensely for Day 4, where Brunson will begin with 626,000 in chips, and Merson will start with 390,500 in chips.

While Brunson and Merson thrived throughout the day, another poker juggernaut, Phil Ivey, had his hopes dashed in Level 14. Ivey had what many would call a very rough day on the felt. First, he flopped two pair against Phil Mader on the {8-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{5-Clubs} flop with the {8-Spades}{6-Hearts}. The money went in on the flop, and Mader held {J-}{J-}. Unfortunately for Ivey, the turn was the {Q-Clubs} and the river the {J-Diamonds}, propelling Mader to the double up. That pot would've given Ivey around 475,000 in chips, but instead kicked him back to 185,000.

Then in his elimination hand, with the blinds at 1,500/3,000/500, Ivey ran a set of threes — {3-Hearts}{3-Clubs} — on the {A-Spades}{10-Hearts}{3-Spades} flop into Max Steinberg's set of tens — {10-Clubs}{10-Hearts}. Ivey failed to hit the miracle case three and his 2013 WSOP was over. On the way out, the usually stoic Ivey exited through the back of the ESPN stage with his hat in his hand, slapping it with authority as he made his way to the back hallways of the Rio.

In the realm of the other gender, both Annette Obrestad, champion of the 2007 WSOP Europe Main Event, and Melanie Weisner both had a very successful day on the felt. They climbed the ranks throughout the day en route to finishing on 564,000 for Obrestad and 536,000 for Weisner.

Other players advancing with hefty stacks include Guilherme Garcia, Donald Swartz, Kyle Julius, Somar Al-Darwich, Guillaume Rivet, Vladimir Geshkenbein, Jaime Kaplan, Jon Turner, Jamie Armstrong, Kevin Williams, Umang Dattani, Luke Schwartz, Joshua Prager, Chris Johnson and Matthew Huey.

Two more players are chasing a record-tying in-the-money finish, and those are Christian Harder and Ronnie Bardah. The record each is looking to tie is the one for most consecutive cashes in the WSOP Main Event. Currently, Chris Bjorin holds the record with four straight cashes from 2008-2011. Harder and Bardah have done it each of the past three years, and they less than a couple dozen players from hitting the money again. Harder will enter Day 4 with 345,500, and Bardah will come in with 321,500.

Day 4 will come back once again at 12 p.m. Las Vegas time, just like the previous bunch of days. Another five levels are on the slate, but more importantly, it's the bubble day and you don't want to miss it. Be sure to stay tuned right here to PokerNews for all the live coverage from the 2013 WSOP Main Event.

Tags: Annette ObrestadChris BjorinChris JohnsonChristian HarderDonald SwartzDoyle BrunsonGreg MersonGuillaume RivetJaime KaplanJamie ArmstrongJon TurnerKyle JuliusLuke SchwartzMatthew HueyMax SteinbergMelanie WeisnerPhil IveyPhil MaderRonnie BardahUmang DattaniVladimir GeshkenbeinWSOP Main Event

End-of-Day 3 Chip Counts

[user80015] • Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
Maxx Coleman us 1,071,500 848,500
Joshua Prager us 993,000 533,000
Max Steinberg us 987,500 82,500
Dick van Luijk BE 940,000 -30,500
Vladimir Geshkenbein ru 900,000 45,000
Matthew Huey US 885,500 105,500
Chris Johnson us 862,000 472,000
Guilherme Garcia BR 853,500 644,800
Umang Dattani ca 848,000 73,000
Kevin Williams GB 808,500 129,500
Somar Al-Darwich DE 786,500 -8,500
Robert Koss us 761,500 649,800
Kyle Julius us 751,000 -4,000
Donald Swartz US 699,000 -246,000
Samuel Taylor us 686,500 478,500
Christopher Lindh US 683,000 78,000
David Paredes us 680,000 72,000
Amir Lehavot il 679,000 445,000
Alexander Kuzmin ru 675,500 563,200
Nikolai Sears us 661,000 487,300
Alan Keating US 651,000 205,000
Shane Pacheco us 647,000 562,000
Walter Treccarichi it 637,000 65,000
Tuan Le us 630,000 210,000
Doyle Brunson us 626,000 -39,000

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Bagging and Tagging

[user68268] • Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

All tables have wrapped up play for the night, and the players are bagging and tagging their chips. A complete recap of the night will be posted shortly, along with the eventual official chip counts once received.

Thomas Runs Good At End

Shamus • Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

Russell Thomas — a.k.a. "RunGoodRussell" — earned a boost to his stack and one last knockout in the very last hand of the night when he took {A-Spades}{J-Spades} up against a short-stacked opponent's {10-Spades}{9-Spades}, and the board ran out {7-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}{K-Spades}{7-Clubs}{2-Spades} to give Thomas the better flush and the pot.

Russell Thomas us 562,000 234,000

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All Together Now

Shamus • Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

"You'll be glad to know ladies and gentleman... the next World Series of Poker Main Event Champion is in this room!"

So announced Tournament Director Jack Effel moments ago as the last tables in the Brasilia room finally broke and all of the remaining 684 players now find themselves in the spacious Amazon room, each sharing the hope to continue further toward the money, final table, and Main Event bracelet.

Effel added an assurance that the cash bubble would not be bursting tonight, a hot topic at the moment.

Myers Dents Al-Darwich's Stack

Shamus • Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

We just saw a big hand between Somar Al-Darwich and Brad Myers that reached the river with the board showing {4-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{10-Spades} and a pot of more than 200,000 already built between the pair.

Following a big river push by Myers, Al-Darwich went deep into the tank, coming up after several minutes to ask Myers about his hand. Finally Al-Darwich let his hand go, and Myers showed the {6-Spades} before scooping the chips.

Somar Al-Darwich DE 795,000 -159,000
Brad Myers 590,000 590,000

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Porter Five-Bets it

• Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

After the player in Seat 1 four-bet to 76,000, Rep Porter reraised all in from the button.

The player seemed frustrated, repeatedly slapping his chips together as he consider his options.

"If you think I was making a move on you, you're crazy," the player said.

After a few minutes, he folded, and his hand was revealed to be {a-}{k-} as he mucked it.

Rep Porter us 480,000 60,000

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Bardah Check-Raises Flop

[user68268] • Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

Ronnie Bardah called a raise out of the small blind after an early-position player opened to 10,000. The flop came down {J-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{7-Spades}, and Bardah checked. The preflop raiser fired 18,000, but Bardah fought back with a check-raise to 44,000. After several long minutes in the tank, the player folded, and Bardah won the pot.

Ronnie Bardah us 342,000 12,000

Tags: Ronnie Bardah