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2010 World Series of Poker Day 44: James Carroll Holds Chip Lead and Chan Continues to Climb

James Carroll

Day 3 was the first day that the entire World Series of Poker Main Event field took the felt together, and after another four levels of play, the day is complete and led by PokerStars Qualifier James Carroll who has 803,000. He is joined in the top 10 by Andrew Brown, Team PokerStars Pro Johnny Lodden, and ten-time WSOP bracelet winner Johnny Chan.

Chan is by far the biggest story of the Main Event, so far, as he's won the WSOP Main Event twice already — back to back in 1987 and 1988. Chan darned near won it in again in 1989, finishing runner-up to Phil Hellmuth. And now, more than 20 years later, he's back making another Main Event run, having enjoyed the chip lead for much of Day 3.

The brothers Mizrachi are also making things interesting, as all four brothers are still in the tournament. Robert is leading the way for the family with 342,800. He busted Pat Ricci with the ESPN cameras filming the action on a {5-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}{6-Spades} flop. The two got all the chips in the middle, Mizrachi holding {a-Clubs}{j-Spades}, which was good against Ricci's {k-Clubs}{j-Hearts}. The turn and river brought Ricci no help, and Robert is sitting in great shape moving on to Day 4. Danny sitting at 128,600 and both Michael and Eric both just under the 100k mark.

While Johnny Lodden is leading the way for Team PokerStars Pro, JP Kelly is not too far behind with 364,000 in chips himself. Kelly became dangerous when he found himself in a hand with the board reading {9-Hearts}{6-Spades}{a-Hearts}{q-Spades}, and Kelly's opponent moving him all-in. Kelly instantly called tabling pocket queens, which were good against his opponent's {a-Spades}{q-Clubs}. Lodden and Kelly are joined Team PokerStars Pros Angel Guillen, Vanessa Selbst, Humberto Brenes, Jason Mercier, Greg Debora, William Thorson, Salvatore Bonavena, Barry Greenstein and Pieter De Korver.

Also still in contention for the WSOP Main Event title are Alexander Kostritsyn, Eric Baldwin, Cole South, Theo Jorgensen, Scott Clements, Peter Jetten, Jim Collopy, Carter Phillips, Shannon Shorr, and Lauren Kling.

Those less fortunate who found themselves on the rail were Scott Seiver, Phil Laak, Jennifer Harman, Chris Moneymaker, David Williams, and Erik Seidel. They were followed by Kara Scott, Bill Chen, Daniel Negreanu, Vanessa Rousso, Joe Cada, Billy Kopp, Eugene Katchalov, John Hennigan, and Archie Karas.

Can Johnny Chan continue his historic run? Can the Mizrachi brothers stay united and all make the money? We anticipate the money bubble bursting on Day 4, so stay tuned to our WSOP live reporting pages starting at 12 p.m. to keep tabs on all the action.

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