Day 3 Completed
Day 3 Completed
Steve O'Dwyer Leads the Unofficial Final Table at the End of Day 3
After another 10 levels of action in the $25,500 MILLIONS World, the final nine players have been solidified for the unofficial final table. It's a final table that features some of the best high rollers in the game but that's to be expected with the quality of the field.
A familiar face will be at the top of the leaderboard again as Steve O'Dwyer bagged the chip lead for the second day in a row. O'Dwyer racked up a stack of 81,275,000 coming on the back of massive pot with Leon Tsoukernik. It was blind vs blind and Tsoukernik ran a triple barrel bluff for all of his chips. O'Dwyer called him down with just a pair of eights which vaulted the Irish poker pro into the chip lead for the remainder of the day.
Notably, O'Dwyer will surpass the $25,000,000 career earnings mark with the money he is already guaranteed from this event. Should he go on to win this event, he could move past Phil Ivey for eighth place on the all-time money list. O'Dwyer recently won the partypoker $25,000 MILLIONS high roller in Nottingham for over $590,000 but this event will top the rest.
Not far behind O'Dwyer is Ben Tollerene with 74,750,000, coming off the heels of a big pot with Tsoukernik also. Tollerene turned a straight against Tsoukernik's two pair and scooped a pot of over 40 million chips to take the chip lead at the time. Tollerene also eliminated the last partypoker pro, Isaac Haxton, and put it in cruise control when just two tables were left.
The rest of the final table will be made up of some regular high rollers and some players new to the big stage. Joao Vieira, Andras Nemeth, Niall Farrell, Rainer Kempe, Roger Teska, Charles La Boissonniere, and Paul Tedeschi complete the remainder of the final table.
The action got underway with just 59 players returning from Day 3 and things got started with a bang within the first ten minutes. In a massive chip leading pot, three players were all in on the flop with Tsoukernik holding bottom set, Jason Koon having middle set, and Christopher Kruk with the nut flush draw. Kruk turned a flush but Tsoukernik made quads on the river to eliminate both of his opponents.
That set the stage for what would be a bumpy ride for the King's Casino owner throughout the rest of the day. He held the chip lead on multiple occasions, tripling up more than once, but also splashed some chips around to his opponents at the table. "I don't care about the money, I just want the title," Tsoukernik was caught saying at one point. Unfortunately for him, he bowed out in 14th place when his bluff was picked off.
The field quickly dwindled down to just 41 players in the matter of a couple levels but as the money bubble approached, the action grinded to a halt. When hand-for-hand play began, Cary Katz was on the short stack. Although he doubled up once, it wasn't meant to be as he ran his pocket fives into the pocket kings of Chance Kornuth. Katz was eliminated on the money bubble and the remaining 39 players were all guaranteed $60,000.
From there, the short stacks were eliminated at a rapid pace. Some players noteworthy of a min-cash include Timothy Adams, partypoker pro Joni Jouhkimainen, Benjamin Pollak, Ben Yu, and Joseph Cheong. Chipleaders from earlier in the tournament, Geraldo Cesar, Nick Petrangelo, Matt Berkey, and Chance Kornuth all hit the rail before the final two tables were assembled.
The final nine players will get the action rolling again at 12 p.m. EST tomorrow. The blinds will resume at level 29 at 350,000/700,000 with a big blind ante of 700,000. Continue to follow along with the PokerNews live reporting team for more coverage until a winner is crowned.
Eskandar Eliminated in the Last Hand of the Night
The tournament director announced the last four hands of the night and the outer table was already finished bagging up their chips. On the last hand at the feature table, the action folded to Patrick Eskandar in the small blind who raised to 1,525,000. Andras Nemeth three-bet to 4,500,000 in the big blind and Eskandar quickly moved all in for 20,050,000. Nemeth snap-called and the cards were on their backs.
Eskandar was at risk and would need some help with only one overcard to Nemeth's pocket pair. The board ran out and Eskandar was eliminated on the final hand of the night. The remaining nine players will redraw for seats at the beginning of Day 4 for the unofficial final table.
Aldemir Can't Hold Against Nemeth
The action folded to Koray Aldemir in the small blind who was on the short stack. He shoved all in for around 7,000,000 and Andras Nemeth asked for a count before making the call. Aldemir was in good shape with against the of Nemeth.
However, the flop came and Nemeth flopped two pair to take the lead. Another five on the turn spelled the end to Aldemir's tournament as he was already drawing dead before the river. Aldemir exited the tournament in 11th place and Nemeth picked up the chips.
Kempe Gets Away with a Bluff
Manig Loeser was just recently eliminated on the outer table leaving Rainer Kempe and Koray Aldemir as the only Germans remaining in the field. Rainer Kempe had something to say about that when he called a raise in the big blind of 2,200,000 from Charles La Boissonniere in the small blind.
The dealer spread the flop of and La Boissonniere led out for 1,400,000. Kempe raised to 4,200,000 and La Boissonniere called to see the pair the board on the turn. The French Canadian checked again and Kempe stuck in about half of his stack, a bet of 5,800,000. La Boissonniere used up one of his time extensions before letting his hand go. Kempe couldn't help but show the with a smile on his face.
Tsoukernik Bluffs His Chips Away
The players just returned from their last break of the night and there have already been two eliminations. The action folded to Leon Tsoukernik in the small blind who bumped it up to 1,500,000. Steve O'Dwyer three-bet to 5,000,000 in the big blind and Tsoukernik snap-called.
The flop came and Tsoukernik led out for 5,000,0000 which O'Dwyer called. The turn brought the and Tsoukernik fired another 5,000,000. O'Dwyer called again and the completed the board. Tsoukernik thought for a bit and then announced all in for 23,300,000. O'Dwyer went into the tank for well over three minutes before making the call. Tsoukernik turned over for a bluff while O'Dwyer called him down with .
Tsoukernik was ousted in 14th place and it was not long after that Michael Addamo was eliminated in 13th place. Addamo was the short stack on the outer table and was unable to spin up his stack. Charles La Boissonniere and Rainer Kempe have been the big movers on that table over the past level.
O'Dwyer Rivers a Straight
Not long after the final two tables were formed, Steve O'Dwyer raised to 900,000 from middle position. Ajay Chabra three-bet to 2,800,000 in the cutoff and O'Dwyer called. The flop came and O'Dwyer checked to Chabra who continued for another 2,800,000. O'Dwyer check-raised all in and Chabra called off his stack of 12,200,000.
O'Dwyer turned over for a straight draw and was up against the of Chabra. The turn brought the to give O'Dwyer some more outs and the on the river completed his straight. Chabra exited the feature table in 16th place, good enough for $120,000.
Not far behind him, was Anthony Spinella from the outer table. Spinella was eliminated in 15th place leaving just 14 players remaining heading into the last break of the night. Here is how the remaining players stack up moving forward.
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