Welcome back to the Rio! We are hoping to award another bracelet tonight, as 22 players return for Day 3 of Event 56: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em. It's deja vu all over again from yesterday, as Donald Vogel is your chip leader coming into today with just under 1.3 million. Vogel was also the leader heading into Day 2 of this event.
He's got two players nipping at his heels who are also in the million chip club. Gianluca Mattia will be looking to take the bracelet home to his native country Italy, but safe to say that most eyes will be on 2008 WSOP Main Event Champion Peter Eastgate, who comes into today third in chips.
Eastgate has not registered a cash at the WSOP since 2009. As many know, Eastgate shocked the poker world when he announced that he was retiring from poker in 2010. However, he has made his return to the felt, and he will be looking to add a second bracelet to his already growing poker legacy.
There are a couple other players to keep your eye on as well. Alexander Queen, or "Argentina Boy" as he is known online, comes into today with 585,000 in chips. He already has a final table this year, finishing 8th in Event 13: $1,500 Limit Hold'em. He will be looking to top that today.
Also still in the hunt are 2011 November Niner Sam Holden(425,000), and WPT Champion Will "The Thrill" Failla, who comes into today as the short stack with just 85,000.
Play will get underway at 1 PM local time, and the goal is to play down to a winner! If we don't have a winner after 10 levels, the staff and remaining players will decide whether to continue play tonight, or come back for a Day 4 tomorrow. Stay tuned to Pokernews for every flop, turn, and river, as we bring you all of today's action!