Day 3 completed
Day 3 completed
Day 3 of the $50,000 Poker Player's Championship is in the books, and our chip leader is Josh Arieh with 1,819,000 chips.
At the start of the day there were 74 runners, and after five more levels of play only 29 remain. We lost a handful of notables today including Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Greg Mueller, Erick Lindgren, Chad Brown, Eugene Katchalov, Justin Smith and Abe Mosseri.
Arieh isn't the only player over a million chips. Brian Rast (1,633,000), George Lind (1,304,000), Vladimir Shchemelev (1,181,000), Phil Hellmuth (1,174,000), and Scott Seiver (1,137,000) are all over seven figures.
Ben "Benba" Lamb entered the day with the chip lead, but tumbled down to 300,000 chips. He battled back however, ending the day with 582,000 of chips.
Our only former champion in the field busted in one of the last five hands of the night. During a hand of pot-limit Omaha, David Bach called all in on the river against Gus Hansen with the board reading . Hansen showed for quad kings, and Bach was eliminated.
Hansen was the first player to eclipse a million chips, and was our chip leader for the majority of the day. He slipped during the last level, but is still commanding a healthy stack of 774,000 chips.
Play will resume tomorrow at 3 p.m. PDT, where we will play down to a final table.
For all of us at the Rio, goodnight and see you tomorrow!
The players are currently bagging their chips. We will have official counts and a recap shortly.
When we reached the table, the board was already completed . David Bach fired 75,000, Gus Hansen raised to 225,000, and Bach called all in.
Hansen tabled for quad kings, Bach mucked, and Hansen won the pot.
Bach's elimination means that we are guaranteed to have a first-time winner of this illustrious event.
We've reached that point in the proceedings when the tourney clock is stopped, a card is drawn, and a number of hands to be played is prescribed. The card drawn tonight was a five, and so that's how many more hands will be dealt at each table.
Ben Lamb opened for 17,000 from middle position, and it folded around to Rami Boukai who called from the small blind. The flop came . Boukai checked, Lamb bet 26,000, and Boukai called.
The turn brought the and another check from Boukai. Lamb asked how much Boukai had behind -- about 200,000 came the response -- and then bet the pot. Boukai quickly let his hand go.
Boukai has around 220,000 as we near the end of play tonight. Meanwhile Lamb -- who began the day as chip leader -- is sitting on a below-average stack of about 450,000.