At the beginning of day three, there were 14 players left all vying for the first place prize and the coveted World Series of Poker gold bracelet. David Bach pulled off an impressive feat by finishing both Day 1 and Day 2 as the chip leader and he almost pulled off an incredible wire-to-wire act, but unfortunately Bryan Campanello went on an amazing run here on Day 3 and was able to put a stop to Bach.
Action started today with Tommy Chen hitting the rail, not long after, Sergey Altbregin, Joel Alpert, and Adam Szalay all dropped as well. Just after the first break of the day,both Randy Ohel and Frankie O'Dell were eliminated in the same hand by Sebastian Pauli. There was no sweat to see who would make the final table, as those two eliminations brought the field down to eight.
First to drop at the final table was Ismael Bojang, who was eliminated by Brent Keller, who drew an eight-six low. Next to fall was Rick Fuller, who was never able to get anything going at the final table and was also eliminated by Keller. Falling in sixth place was Keller himself, who got into a confrontation with Campanello and ended up on the losing end. Eventually, a short-stacked Keller found himself all in against Ivan Schertzer and he couldn't catch up after catching three paints in a row to be eliminated.
It was a wild ride to find out who would bust in fifth place, as several players traded the lowest chip spot several times. Eventually, it was Schertzer who fell to Campanello when Campanello drew a nine-seven low and he couldn't improve. Falling in fourth was Sebastian Pauli, who held the chip lead momentarily before losing it to Bach and Campanello. Eventually, Pauli fell to Jim Wheatley when Wheatley drew a seven-six low to send Pauli home. Wheatley was the next to fall in three handed play, when Campanello sent him packing with a nine-low.
Campanello came into heads-up play as a massive chip leader and he never took his foot off the gas pedal. Bach was able to gain some ground here and there, but when all was said it done, Campanello couldn't be stopped. On the final hand of heads-up play Campanello drew an eight-six low and that left Bach drawing dead. He was eliminated in second place, unable to complete his wire-to-wire act.
Campanello took home $178,052 for his victory along with a WSOP gold bracelet to add to his WSOP circuit ring.
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