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2012-13 WSOP Circuit River Rock Day 3: Sonny Sekhon Leads Historic Final Table

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It was a relatively short Day 3 at the 2012-13 World Series of Poker Circuit River Rock Main Event. The final 30 players returned Tuesday to compete for a spot at a momentous final table, the first for a WSOP Circuit stop in Canada. Sonny Sekhon was chip leader going into Day 3 and held on all the way to the final table to which he will bring a stack of 4.66 million Wednesday.

Day 3 began at a rapid pace with players dropping like flies as they clashed on the felt. Several eyes in the tournament area were on Day 1a chip leader Norman Overdijk as he battled along the grueling road to the final table. Unfortunately for Overdijk, he found himself in a remarkably sour situation when he moved all in holding {4-Diamonds}{4-Hearts} on a board that read {J-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{A-Hearts}{6-Hearts}. Overdijk was confident that his set was the best hand until Michael Collins rolled over {A-Spades}{A-Diamonds} for top set, forcing Overdijk to settle for a 25th place finish.

Among others who busted early in the day were Trevor Martin, Antony Vidmer, and Kevin Huang, who all locked up $7,848 in prize money. Douglas Wasyk and Robert Berglund took home $9,118, while Edmond Lu, Afshin Majidi, and Richard En earned $10,712. Jamie Youngman, David Lim, and David Pecaski fell into the pay bracket of $12,725, while Christopher Gunnarsson, Shreeniwas Kelkar and Mark Potovsky took home $15,279.

That left 15 players in the tournament and the action suddenly slowed to a crawl. Eventually, Lawrence Iampen broke the silence on the tournament floor by getting in most of his stack with {10-Clubs}{10-Hearts} against the {K-Clubs}{K-Diamonds} of Justin Ciolfitto. Iampens tens did not improve and he was eliminated soon after. Joining him on the rail were Steven Schartner and Brian Scott, who each collected $18,545 in winnings. The next two to go were Nick Halvorson and Andrew Tai, who took home $22,756.

The elimination of Tai secured the unofficial final table and also led to Sekhon pulling way ahead of the pack. With the board reading {8-Hearts}{k-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{9-Clubs}, Sekhon three-bet all in which forced Tai to make a decision for his tournament life. Eventually Tai opted to call of his last 1.95 million chips and Sekhon showed {Q-Hearts}{J-Clubs} for the nuts. Tai meekly tabled {J-Spades}{10-Spades} and could do nothing but shake his head. The {4-Spades} hit the river and Sekhon was able to move his stack to well over 4 million.

The final table bubble boy was Seth Maretz, who shipped his short stack all in with pocket fours and was called by Michael Collins' {J-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}. The board did not help Maretz and our official final table was set.

1Mal Hagan1,735,000
2Michael Collins1,595,000
3Calvin Anderson2,755,000
4Tyler St. Clair1,960,000
5Sonny Sekhon4,660,000
6John Crncic2,415,000
7Ryan Biermann3,085,000
8Glenn Sullivan1,010,000
9Justin Ciolfitto1,490,000

The final nine players will take seats at the final table Wednesday at 12:00 p.m. PST. They will play down until one player owns the prestigious WSOP Circuit ring and the $286,382 first place prize that accompanies it. Keep it locked in to the PokerNews Live Reporting page as we provide you with all of the updates while this exciting event comes to its conclusion!

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