Day 3 of the 2014 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific AU$10,000 Main Event has come to a conclusion with just 18 players remaining.
Beginning the day with 70 players, everyone was hopeful of first reaching the money-paying top 36 before making a run at building a stack as play headed towards the final table. Jonathan Duhamel, Jeff Gross, Kyle Cheong, Jonathan Karamalikis, Harry Demetriou, Dennis Huntly, Eddy Sabat, Heinz Kamutzki, Dylan Hortin, Kahle Burns, Brian Rast, and Byron Kaverman all found themselves on the rail short of the money, though, and the money bubble was soon realized.
Unfortunately, it would be Kasra Bakhshaee who would earn the moniker of "bubble boy" after three-betting all in with the and being called by Ang Italiano's . The board ran out to see Italiano make a straight and send Bakhshaee home empty handed.
With players in the money, eliminations mounted quickly as Yu Kurita (36th), Sam Higgs (32nd), Xuan Liu (31st), Jamie Pickering (30th), Sam Cohen (26th), Aaron Lim (24th), Mikel Habb (23rd), Shane Warne (22nd), and Tobias Reinkemeier (20th) all took home a piece of the prize pool before play concluded for the night.
Victor Teng bagged the chip lead with an impressive 1,854,000 in chips after steamrolling the field throughout the day. Local player Jason Giuliano was down to just a few big blinds once in the money, but he made a huge run and sits in second with 1,203,000, while Day 2 chip leader Kyle Montgomery is the only other player sitting with seven figures as he finished with 1,196,000.
WSOP bracelet winners Frank Kassela (783,000), Gary Benson (458,000), and Alexander Antonios (127,000) still remain in the hunt, while three ladies are still alive with JJ Liu (431,000), Jackie Glazier (300,000), and the aforementioned Italiano (256,000) still in contention.
However, the major story is Brandon Shack-Harris as he continues to keep the WSOP Player of the Year race alive after finishing sixth place on the chip counts page with 648,000. If he can keep the momentum going and finish first or second in this event, he will again take the lead back from George Danzer and capture the honors.
Play is set to begin on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. local time with the PokerNews Live Reporting team providing all the live updates as the field plays down to the final table of six.