Once upon a time, the old-timers will tell you if you stick around to listen, making a dinner break meant something. In 2010 80% of the field makes the dinner break. If the dinner bell doesn't toll for you, it means you're one of the unlucky few out of the tournament before the end of Level 3.
Joining the ranks of the early departed in Level 3 were : 2009 November Niner Steve Begleiter; the aggressive and unpredictable Faraz Jaka; former WSOP Player of the Year Jeff Madsen; and Chad Brown, who ran his pocket kings right into pocket aces. It was only the twenty third time today that we saw someone run kings into aces.
There wasn't much change at the top of the counts in Level 3. Barny Boatman looks like our end-of-level chip leader with 143,000. David Williams, who dropped almost 60,000 chips at one point, is right behind with 141,000. Former champion Johnny Chan rounds out the Top 3 with 130,000.
There are plenty in the field who are struggling right now. Mike Sowers, Lee Markholt and Tom "durrrr" Dwan haven't been able to find the right gear yet to start accumulating chips. Dwan was particularly unlucky to run a small flush into a bigger flush just before dinner break.
Perhaps the 90-minute dinner break will give them all a chance to re-group, re-focus, and come back ready to rock when Level 4 starts at 8:20 p.m. local time.