Welcome back to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino and the 2014 World Series of Poker for Day 3 of Event #6: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout!
948 players began this tournament on Friday, and being a shootout format, it meant that whoever could be the last player standing on their table would advance to Day 2 and make the money of $4,411. 120 players survived into Day 2 where another shootout round would begin, but unfortunately for the likes of Josh Pollock, Allen Kessler, Greg Merson, Steve Gross, Christian Harder, Isaac Baron, Kyle Julius, Mike Matusow, Humberto Brenes, Eugene Katchalov, Joseph Cheong, David "Bakes" Baker and Shannon Shorr, they would all fall just shy of reaching the final day of play.
With 12 players currently remaining, the tournament has been altered to two six-handed tables until we reach our official final table of nine where everyone will have their eyes on the top price of a WSOP gold bracelet and $259,211 in prizemoney. Two-time WSOP bracelet winner Josh Arieh headlines the final 12, and with five other WSOP final tables to his name - including the 2004 Main Event - he is the most experienced WSOP player remaining. Jared Jaffee has a couple of WSOP final tables to his name and a recent WPT title while long-time WSOP grinder Alex Bolotin has seven WSOP final tables to call on including a win in the 2009 $5,000 Ante Up for Africa Charity Event.
However due to the unique shootout format it is truly anyone's tournament to win as less than three big blinds separate Steven Loube (361,000) and Steven Geralis (346,000) in chip counts. Here is how the final 12 will line-up.
The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be on hand from 1:00 p.m. providing extensive live coverage of every elimination, double up and bad beat. So stay tuned right here to PokerNews.com as we look to crown the Event #6: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout Champion!