Day 3 Completed
He's won the WSOP Main Event twice already. Back-to-back, in fact, in 1987 and 1988. And 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 Orient Express, charging from the past into the WSOP headlines today. Johnny Friggin' Chan.
A number of different storylines wound their way through the Day 3 chapter of our ongoing chronicle of the 2010 WSOP Main Event. The 2,557 players who'd made it to today were swiftly narrowed to less than half that figure -- about 1,240 as the last hands were dealt -- with numerous notables hitting the rail while others began to build those gaudy, passers-by-stopping, eye-popping, jaw-dropping stacks of chips.
Among the first to go today 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.
Meanwhile, we saw Alexander Kostritsyn, Kevin Gates, Ricardo Fasanaro, Paul Kristofferson, Chris Tipper, Jeffrey Ross, Nicholas Rainey, Andrew Brown, and James Carroll all taking turns swapping the chip lead back and forth as stacks surged past the 500,000-chip mark.
There was one other interesting subplot from today that all will be watching when play resumes tomorrow. That of the four Mizrachi brothers -- Robert, Eric, Danny, and Michael -- all of whom made it through today. How far will they go?
It looks as though James Carroll will be returning to the biggest stack tomorrow, having snuck past the 800,000-chip mark late in the day, with Imari Love, Gerasimos Deres, Max Casal, Josh Brikis, and Johnny Lodden all not too far behind.
However, much of the talk will be about Chan -- also there near the leaders -- and whether or not he can sustain his performance of the first three days. Adding to the excitement will be the bursting of the cash bubble, which most anticipate will happen later in the day on Day 4.
Thanks for following our coverage of Day 3, and be sure to come back tomorrow at noon local time for the next chapter of the 2010 Main Event saga!
On one of the last hands of the evening, four players created a pot of about 28,000 and saw a flop of . Tony Korfman moved all in from the small blind for 57,200 and the big blind folded. The player in Seat 5 called as the cutoff got out of the way.
Korfman put his tournament life on the line with a flush draw and it paid off as the appeared on the turn. The river was a useless and Korfman doubled to around 145,000.
A huge pot at Robert Mizrachi's table brought the ESPN cameras and several media members scurrying over to Red 350. Lauren Kling was tangling with the eldest Mizrachi brother. With 100,000 chips already in the pot, Kling checked and then called his 33,500-chip bet with the board showing on the turn. When the river fell Kling, who had first action, moved all in for about 200,000 total. Mizrachi tanked for several minutes before finally shaking his head in disgust and mucking his cards.
Mizrachi now has about 347,000. Kling is up to about 395,000.
Over in the orange section, the biggest stack appears to be Imari Love. He has more chips than the Lay's factory with just under 650,000.
The clock has been paused at the ten-minute mark, and we'll play five more hands at each of the ~140 remaining tables before we bag and tag for the night.
Marc Bariller was down to about 62,000 when he shoved his before the flop. Unfortunately, he ran them right into Jean-Robert Bellande's .
There would be no ten on board for Bariller, but he found a way regardless. The flop was a big swing and a miss, but the turn gave him a myriad of straight and flush outs with one card to come.
'Bink' as they say in the parlance of our times. That's what the kids call a Royal Flush, and that saves Bariller from an eleventh-hour elimination. He's doubled his way up over 125,000, and that puts Bellande down around the same mark; we count him at 116,000 after that ugly board.
Dan Harrington has taken a small hit - although the number of TV personnel around the table rather suggested the pot was somewhat larger. Anyway, we arrived at the table to see Harrington and his short-stacked opponent turn their cards over.
Mr. Short Stack:
"He's got me covered suit-wise," noted Harrington.
Turn: - "Oh-ho! Close," said Harrington, "Just one notch below the ten..."
"Very good," Harrington told his opponent as he doubled up. Harrington himself is at 146,000, a little below average.