Joerg Engels raised to 30,000 from the hijack seat, Tommy Le called from the cutoff, and the others folded. The flop came . Engels checked, Le bet 36,000, and Engels called. Both then checked the turn.
The river was the . This time Engels led for 50,000, and Le folded. Engels has 450,000, while Le slips to 120,000.
Patrick Hanoteau raised to 30,000 from the cutoff, then Matthew Reed reraised to 108,000 from the button, leaving himself 136,000 behind. The blinds folded, Hanoteau reraised all in, and Reed called with his remaining chips.
The board came , and Hanoteau's kings up were best. Reed is out in 12th, while Hanoteau is now up to 1.2 million.
Trevor Pope made a raise to 26,000 from UTG, and it folded back to the blinds, both of whom called -- Patrick Hanoteau in the small, and Matthew Reed in the big.
The flop came . It checked to Pope who bet 42,000, Hanoteau called, and Reed stepped aside. Both remaining players checked the turn. The river then brought the . Hanoteau checked, and Pope hesitated before checking as well.
Hanoteau showed and Pope mucked. Hanoteau now has 930,000 -- taking over the lead for the moment -- while Pope has 192,000.
We're starting in the back of the Blue section in the Amazon Room this afternoon with a couple of six-handed tables. Once we lose two players, there will be a brief break while we move the remaining 10 players over to one of the feature tables at the opposite corner.
Patrick Hanoteau has arrived and taken his seat. Here's how our final 12 are seated for the first hands of Day 3:
Seat 1 -- Miguel Proulx (877,000)
Seat 2 -- Joerg Engels (405,000)
Seat 3 -- Tommy Le (213,000)
Seat 4 -- Dilyan Kovachev (339,000)
Seat 5 -- Stephane Tayar (102,000)
Seat 6 -- Joe Serock (185,000)
Seat 1 -- Trevor Pope (261,000)
Seat 2 -- Karl Gal (458,000)
Seat 3 -- Michael Greco (100,000)
Seat 4 -- L.J. Klein (470,000)
Seat 5 -- Patrick Hanoteau (824,000)
Seat 6 -- Matthew Reed (253,000)
First there were 596. Then 102. And now just 12. Two days of action-fueled poker has brought us to the third and final day of Event No. 28, the $2,500 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha event, by the end of which we'll see our next WSOP bracelet winner.
Miguel Proulx of Canada will enjoy a slight lead over France's Patrick Hanoteau when play recommences today. With stacks over 800,000, those two have created some distance between themselves and the remaining ten. However, as we saw yesterday -- when chip leaders became eliminations within just a hand or two -- much can change quickly in pot-limit Omaha, or, as Bob Ciaffone once dubbed it, "the action game."
No matter who survives the first three eliminations today to make the final nine, our final table appears destined to have an international feel, as six countries are represented by our final dozen players. In addition to Canada and France, we'll see players from Germany, England, Bulgaria, and the U.S. coming back today to fight for the Event No. 28 bracelet. Kind of a World Cup of PLO, one could say.
Join us at 3 p.m. local time when the action begins again.