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Welcome to Day 3 of Mid-States Poker Tour Golden Gates Casino

Dan Colpoys has about a third of the chips in play.

After three Day 1 heats and a 12-hour Day 2, 10 players have emerged to contest the final table here at Mid-States Poker Tour Golden Gates Casino, but nine of them are looking way up at Dan Colpoys. Colpoys comes into Day 3 with 3,907,000 in chips, more than a third of the total in play.

The other contenders: Kris Wagner (1,668,000), Jonathan McCray (1,429,000), Danny Ray Gonzales (1,238,000), William Givens (1,066,000), Brad Zotti (770,000), Rosie Paules (401,000), Phanora Prom (314,000), Kou Vang (309,000), and Jonathan Haidsiak (256,000).

Despite toting the second-shortest stack into Day 3, Kou Vang may be the scariest player remaining. He's coming off of an eighth-place finish at MSPT Majestic Star (in which he got all in with {8-}{8-} and flopped a set against {a-}{5-} only to be run down by a backdoor straight) and a second-place finish at MSPT Baton Rouge in which he was all in ahead for the championship twice and lost both times. If Vang can make any headway early on and build a stack, the other players at the table will have a much tougher time of it.

Still, Colpoys remains the odds-on favorite due to his massive stack advantage over the other players. We'll see if he can hold onto his lead, or if someone else will take the championship and the $114,156. Stay tuned here on PokerNews to find out.

Tags: Brad ZottiDan ColpoysDanny Ray GonzalesJonathan HaidsiakJonathan McCrayKou VangKris WagnerRosie PaulesWilliam Givens