Six Remain on Day 3 of the PLO with Steve Billirakis in Control
Welcome back to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino and the 2014 World Series of Poker for Day 3 of Event #3: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha.
Two days ago a record-setting field of 1,128 (for a non hold'em event) took to the felt before the day would end with just 106 remaining as players just reached the money late on the first day. With players already guaranteed nearly a $2,000 payday, the aim for this talented group of players remaining would be to navigate their way up the pay jumps before making a run at the final table.
Ashton Griffin (101st), AP Phahurat (96th), Doug Polk (88th), Humberto Brenes (77th), Hoyt Corkins (41st), Maria Ho (40th), Phil Laak (39th), Jesse Yaginuma (33rd), Leif Force (28th), Gabriel Nassif (24th), Jason Somerville (18th), Greg Merson (14th) and John O'Shea (12th) were among those sent to the rail throughout the course of the day. Then Stephen Chidwick became the final table bubble boy in 10th place when his couldn't improve on an ace-high flop against Loren Klein's .
With the final table of nine set and Steve Billirakis holding a slight chip lead over Brandon Shack-Harris, play would continue for roughly another hour as Nick Guagenti (9th), Klein (8th) and Patrick Arena (7th) were all eliminated to leave just six players eyeing their first WSOP gold bracelet of the series.
Final Table Line-Up
With Billirakis holding a strong chip lead, he is definitely a favorite to take down his third WSOP gold bracelet. However with talented mixed-game player Shack-Harris on his heels and ANZ Player of the Year Iori Yogo still in the mix, it could be any of the final six's chance to capture this title.
Stay tuned right here to PokerNews as we will be providing continuous live reporting once play recommences at 1:00 p.m. (PDT) as we look to crown the Event #3: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Champion!