The mighty 22,374 strong starting field of Event #5 The Colossus has been reduced to just 39 players after Day 3 of the event. While the survivors include a large number of unknown players, there remain a remarkable number of professionals in the hunt.
Mike “GoLeafsGo!” Leah has a playable stack of 2.225 million in 22nd place. The Canadian is looking for his second bracelet, and was one of the players tipped by PokerNews as likely to do well in the series this year.
Adam Lamphere who many will remember for his 41st place finish in last year’s Main Event is in 24th position not far behind Leah.
At the top of the leaderboard, Ray Henson has over seven million chips, and is keen to add his frist bracelet to the $1,021,317 he has won in WSOP and Circuit events.
In second place is Aditya Prasetyo, a professional player with eight previous cashes, including a final table finish in a $1,500 WSOP event in 2013. Behind him is David Farber whose best tournament result to date was in the 2006 Fifth Annual Five Diamond World Poker Classic, Las Vegas, where he won $74,320 for a third place finish.
The event is expected to play down to a finish today, but could extend into a fifth day of play if necessary.
Event #6: $1,000 Hyper Hold’em
Poker pro John Reading is celebrating his first WSOP bracelet after defeating Irishman Marc MacDonnell heads up to take victory in the $1,000 Hyperturbo event.
Chip leader at the start of the day, Harrison Beach managed to keep in the running almost till the end, finally exiting in third place. Reading will take home $252,068 for the win, but Beach came very close to a six figure score with his $98,623 in winnings.
Event #7: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball Championship
Phil Galfond is in fifth place with only seven players left in the first $10,000 buy-in event of this year’s WSOP, the Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball Championship. If he can hang on for a couple of more places, he will be able to do more than just pay off his honeymoon bills—first place pays $322,756.
However, there is some extremely tough competition in the final seven. Chip leader is Tuan Le, hungry for his second bracelet after his win in this event last year. He has a sizeable advantage, with double the chips of second place Calvin Anderson, so there is a real chance of a back-to-back win.
Le, Galfond and Anderson are all seeking their second WSOP bracelets. Sixth placed Rep (Ralph) Porter already has two bracelets, while the other three survivors are motivated by the dream of their first WSOP victory.
Event #8: $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold’em
A comparatively small field turned out for the Pot-Limit version of Hold’em in Event #8. 639 players began the tournament and 108 remain after the first day.
Plenty of big names are still in contention, with former Main Event Champions Jonathan Duhamel, Joe Cada and 2012 Main Event runner-up Jesse Sylvia all still with chips.
The chip leader for Day three is Michael Rocco who has nine previous WSOP cashes, including a 320th place finish in the Colossus.
Event #9: $1,500 Razz
The first Razz event of this WSOP drew a good sized field of 462 players, 168 of which will return for Day 2.
The survivors’ list is packed with big name players from those well down the list, such as Daniel Negreanu looking for a chance to win a sixth WSOP bracelet, to those in the top ten, including Andre Akkari, and David “ODB” Baker.
Actor James Woods has been filled with poker enthusiasm after his seventh place finish in Event #4, and after busting from Event #8, he immediately signed up for the Razz tournament. He is currently in 23rd place, with a very good shot at adding a seventh WSOP cash to his CV.