Day 3 of Event #46: $50,000 Poker Players' Championship, one of the most prestigious events of the 2014 World Series of Poker, is officially in the books! The day began with 55 players returning to the felt and at the end of the night just 22 bagged up. Abe Mosseri holds the chip lead heading into Day 4 with 1.727 million in chips.
Mosseri's rise toward the top of the chip counts began during a confrontation with Mike Leah roughly halfway through the day. During that hand, Calvin Anderson opened with a raise and Mosseri flatted from the cutoff. Leah three-bet shipped all in from the button and Anderson let go of his cards. Mosseri snap-called and tabled pocket queens. Mosseri's ladies were miles ahead of Leah's and they ultimately held to score the knockout. Later in the day, Mosseri eliminated both John Monnette and and Chris Klodnicki in a hand of triple draw where he opened with a four-card draw and finished with an eighty-six.
While Mosseri bagged up the largest stack of the day, other players had stellar days as well. Behind Mosseri in the counts is none other than Brandon Shack-Harris with 1.185 million. Shack-Harris is looking to add to his already stellar summer where he won his first bracelet Event #3: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha. Shack-Harris also came runner-up in Event #18: $10,000 Seven-Card Razz Championship and scored a third-place finish in Event #43: $1,500 Limit Hold'em Other players who finished over one million in chips include Matt Glantz (1,083,000), Robert Mizrachi (1,020,000), and Frank Kassela (1,004,000). Start-of-day chip leader Jason Mercier had a roller coaster of a day but survived onto Day 4 with a stack of 375,000.
Other players coming back for Day 4 include Scott Seiver (886,000), 2010 WSOP Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel (747,000), Jesse Martin (726,000), Melissa Burr (622,000), Todd Brunson (585,000), John Hennigan (263,000), and David Oppenheim (216,000).
Unfortunately for about 60% of today's returning field, the hope of making the money in Event #46 was dashed. Scott Clements, 2009 $50K H.O.R.S.E. champion David Bach, Marco Johnson, Stephen Chidwick, and Josh Arieh were all eliminated from play fairly early in the day. Shaun Deeb had a particularly brutal round of no-limit hold'em, losing five consecutive hands and busting shortly thereafter. Other players eliminated before the bag and tag include Phil Ivey, Eli Elezra, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Brian Hastings, John Juanda, Calvin Anderson, Andy Bloch, and ten-time WSOP bracelet winner Doyle Brunson.
Play resumes on Wednesday at 2 p.m. local time where the final 22 players will once again return to the Amazon Room for Day 4 of this illustrious tournament. As always, PokerNews will be on hand to provide all of the latest coverage from the tournament floor.
Meanwhile, Remko Rinkema spoke with one of the final 22, Melissa Burr, about her roller coaster Day 3. Take a look: