Bubble Approaches In WSOP Main Event

Day 3 saw the remaining 1,760 participants in the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event merged together for the first time, as they all played down towards a first prize in excess of $8.5 million.  719 players managed to survive the day, and they will return for Day 4 knowing that the all-important money bubble is only 53 places away.

Leading the way when chips were bagged for the evening was Dave D’Alesandro, who finished up with 1.1 million, one of four players who managed to top the million mark.  He holds a narrow lead over Sean Rice, Jacob Balsiger and Leo Wolpert.

Vanessa Selbst experienced another roller-coaster day, but it finished well as she ended up on 814,000 chips.  Sorel Mizzi (738,000), Jason Somerville (637,000), Marcel Luske (602,000), Shaun Deeb (598,000), Erik Cajelais (585,500) and JP Kelly (506,000) also had good days, closing above the half million mark in chips.  Other big names who will return for Day 4 include Antonio Esfandiari, Sam Holden, Mike McDonald, Maria Ho, John Juanda, Chris Moorman, Andrew Lichtenberger, David “ODB” Baker, Freddy Deeb, Terrence Chan, Joseph Cheong, Erick Lindgren, Liv Boeree, Shawn Buchanan, Daniel Negreanu and Jason Mercier.

There were mixed fortunes for former winners of the event; those hitting the rail comprised Dan Harrington, Robert Varkonyi, Jerry Yang, Peter Eastgate and last year’s winner Pius Heinz.  But there was better news for Johnny Chan and Huck Seed, both of whom will return for Day 4, and particularly for Chan who closed just below half a million chips.

Other big names to depart on Day 3 included Abe Mosseri, Chris Tryba, John Racener, Nick Schulman, Faraz Jaka, Eugene Katchalov, Bryn Kenney, Barry Greenstein, Ben Lamb and Brian Hastings.

The top 666 players will get some return on their investment, with the minimum payout being set at $19,227.  Play will continue through until Monday evening, when the final table of nine will be established.  These players will return at the end of October to play to a conclusion.


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