Phil Ivey was not able to double up a second day in a row, and has fallen back from the leaders of the WSOP Main Event field. Sitting on over a half a million chips—nearly twice the average stack—Ivey is sill among the top 10% of the field heading into Day 4.
Andrew Liporace finished Day 3 as the overall chip leader as the entire filed played on the same day for the fist time in the event. Liporace—with only $68k in live recorded tournament earnings—is one of only two players to end the day with over a million chips.
A single big blind behind him is New Yorker Mehrdad Yousefzadeh whose largest live cash came in the 2005 Main Event when he finished 181st.
The winner of Event #25: $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo, John Kabbaj ended the day with 780k chips, the highest placed bracelet winner from this year’s series.
Ivey Poker Pro Dan Smith is having a fantastic month. Today he chipped up from 62,300 to 817k putting him in the top fifteen of the 746 players still alive in the tournament.
Smith has cashed four times in the series this year, including making two final tables. He also chopped the $100k Super High Roller at the Bellagio at the end of June for over $2 million.
Ryan Riess, Johnny Chan, Chris Moneymaker and Robert Varkonyi were the four former champions who went to the rail on Day 3. Huck Seed is now the only former champion left with the chance of a second Main Event victory.
Daniel Negreanu also busted out, ending his personal hopes of a bracelet this summer.
Financially, Daniel cannot complain about his performance even if the bracelet glory was elusive—he posted his numbers for all to see.
Internet phenoms with big stacks
Well known internet players, Isaac Baron, Brian Townsend, Ola Amundsgard and Ryan Hall all made it through to Day 4 with more than 500k chips in front of them.
When play ended fifty three minutes early, players were disappointed the money bubble hadn’t been reached. The decision to end play was made to coordinate the action moment with ESPN coverage.
Only 53 players go home empty handed from the play on Day 4, the rest will be celebrating.