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Friday, July 11, 2008 | Francis Lee


1,307 players returned for the third day of the World Series of Poker 2008 main event with the field playing as one for the first time. The focus of the day was to reach the money which paid the last 666 players left standing. As with days 2a and 2b the eliminations started to flow almost immediately when play started, loosing over 100 players in the first 45 minutes.

Chris Moneymaker was one of the first notable names to leave as his :ah :jc was out drawn against :9s :10s as the board came down :kd :10c :2h :5h :6h Patrik Antonius quickly followed when his flopped top pair was beaten by Jim Dalessandro hitting a flush on the River. Jennifer Harman got her short stack in with :kh :3h which failed to connect against pocket Sevens. Barnet Boatman also headed for the rail when he ran into pocket Aces with just :ad :qd Just over 300 players from the starting field was eliminated before the first break.

After the players returned the eliminations continued to flow, as the field was thinned to 900 players after just under four hours of play. Phil Gordon went All In with :ah :10h and lost out against pocket Fours. Toto Leonidas pocket Jacks was out drawn against Diogo Borges’s pocket Nines making a full house on the Turn, and Matt Graham went out running into pocket Kings with pocket Queens.

Just 733 players retuned after the dinner break just 67 eliminations away from the money. Play slowed down at this point which saw the larger stacks pushing the small stacks around, forcing them to fold the blinds and ante’s. Alex Kravchenko just missed out of the money when loosing with :10d :8d against pocket Tens. Nenad Medic also just failed to cash as his big slick was beaten by :ah :qh when the River brought down the Queen.

After a lengthy hand for hand period the bubble finally burst just before the break, with the unlucky player being Steve Chung. He decided to make a stand with pocket Eights, only to find his opponent with pocket Kings. The only consolation was that Milwaukee’s Best Light gave the bubble boy a seat at next years WSOP main event. The atmosphere changed from being tense to party like as players ordered celebratory drinks toasting there achievement.

The final session followed which saw another wave of eliminations with the short stacks moving chips around, with the pressure of not cashing lifted. Pat Pezzin got his chips in with a flopped set of Three’s only to find his opponent with a flopped set of Sevens. Vanessa Rousso was first crippled loosing with pocket Sevens against :ac :6s and then lost out with :ah :jd against :qs :4s Men “the master” Nguyen found his pocket Tens beaten by :3s :5d when his opponent hit trip Three’s on the Turn.

As the day ended just 474 players remained with Jeremy Joseph leading the field with $1.4 million in chips. His closest rival was Jeremiah Smith who had just broke the $1 million chip barrier mark. Alexander Kostritsyn was also doing well making it into the top ten with $877,000. The notables let in the field was Phil Hellmuth, Johnny Chan, Gus Hansen, Allen Cunningham, Hoyt Corkins, and Mike Matusow to name a few. The top ten chip rankings was as follows.

WSOP 2008 Main Event Day 3 Chip Leaders

  • 1st Jeremy Joseph $1,458,000
  • 2nd Jeremiah Smith $1,079,500
  • 3rd Mark Kettering ham $950,000
  • 4th Kyle Carlston $932,500
  • 5th Dag Martin Mikkelsen $931,000
  • 6th Alan Jaffray $908,500
  • 7th Owen Crowe $900,000
  • 8th Alexander Kostritsyn $887,000
  • 9th James McManus $875,000
  • 10th Chris Barrile $873,500



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