Day 3 completed
Day 3 completed
It was a relatively brief Day 3 here at the $25,000 NLHE six-max event. 18 players returned to play down to a final table of six, and within the first level we lost an entire table of players. By the time were down to eight, we'd lost former big stacks Daniel Negreanu, Abe Mosseri, and Isaac Haxton, along with the man who came into the day with a dominating chip lead, Bryn Kenney.
The story of the day, however, was that of the rise of Dan Kelly. Best known as "djk123" online, the 21 year-old came into Day 3 with only 260,000 in chips, making him the shortest stack among the final 18 players. Kelly found an early double-up and just kept on swinging, three-betting and check-raising his way to the 5,895,000 he just bagged up. With just over 14.3 million spread around the table, Kelly controls more than 41% of the chips in play.
The oldest player remaining in this event by more than a decade and a half, Frank Kassela, also made a surge today and is making a serious run at his third bracelet. Kassela is second in chips with 2.6 million and now has a stranglehold on the WSOP Player of the Year race. Guaranteed at least sixth place, Kassela is now 45 points ahead of John Juanda, and a win in this event would make it extremely difficult for anyone to catch him for the title.
Join us again tomorrow at 2:30 pm as we play down to a winner. The action will also be streamed live on ESPN3.
For all of us at PokerNews, thanks for joining us. Good night and good luck from Las Vegas.
Action will recommence tomorrow at 2:30 pm. We'll be there from the first flop to the last river.
Seat 1: Frank Kassela - 2,610,000
Seat 2: Jason Somerville - 1,665,000
Seat 3: Dan Kelly - 5,895,000
Seat 4: Eugene Katchalov - 475,000
Seat 5: Shawn Buchanan - 2,110,000
Seat 6: Mikael Thuritz - 1,535,000
Shawn Buchanan opened for 130,000 from the cutoff, Sam Trickett moved all-in from the small blind and Buchanan called.
Buchanan flopped a set on the board and sent Trickett to the rail on the final table bubble.
Our six final table players are all bagging and tagging their chips right now. We'll have full, official chip counts in just a moment.
Mikael Thuritz opened for 110,000 from the hijack and Dan Kelly made the call from the big blind.
Both players checked the flop, along with the on the turn. The river fell the and Kelly bet 180,000. Thuritz folded and Kelly took it down. He's up to 5.4 million (that's 37% of the chips in play) while Thuritz slipped to 1.57 million.
Eugene Katchalov opened for 110,000 from the hijack and Frank Kassela called from the big blind. The flop came down and Kassela led out for 300,000. Katchalov folded and is down to 580,000 in chips while Kassela is up to 2,620,000.
Thuritz tried to take down his fourth pot in a row, reraising to 280,000 from the small blind after Dan Kelly opened for 105,000 from the hijack. Kelly moved all-in and Thuritz folded, giving back the nearly 300,000 chips he'd added to his stack.
After opening the first two pots and taking them down uncontested, Mikael Thuritz three-bet to 275,000 over Dan Kelly's opening raise and took down his third pot in a row. He's up to 2 million in chips.