Players are on their 2nd 20-minute break of the day.
2010 WSOP Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel opened for 300 from early position and it was folded around to the player in the big blind who called. He would check-fold to Duhamel's 250 bet on the flop.
Also at Duhamel's table is the player he famously took out shortly before the final table - Matt Affleck. A third well known pro, Adam Levy, makes the table one of the tougher ones in the room.
The number of entrants continues to climb - we are up to 6,117.
We noticed a particularly large stack at this early juncture in the tournament, with Tayfun Akbasli in ownership of more than 20,000 chips.
Akbasli told us that he was off to "decent start," and with nearly five times the starting stack in Level 4, we'd have to agree.
2001 WSOP Main Event Champion Carlos Mortensen opened to 300 and the players in the cutoff, small blind, and big blind all decided to give him some action. The flop came and it was checked to Mortensen who also tapped the table. The player in the cutoff bet 700. The player in the small blind folded and after a few moments of deliberation the player in the big blind moved all in for 2,250. Mortensen quickly folded and the player in the cutoff was just as quick to call as he had flopped bottom set with . He was up against the straight draw his opponent held with and was able to score the knock out when the board ran out .
Mortensen in the meantime is sitting close to what he started with and is looking to add to one of the best poker resumes out there with nearly $11.5 million in lifetime earnings including an oh so close deep run in last years Main Event that saw him finish in 10th place for $573,204.
The seats formerly occupied by pros Barry Greenstien and Allen Cunningham are now occupied by unidentified players, which means each has been eliminated early in the first starting flight.
The player in the hijack limped in and Theo Tran made it 450 to go from the cutoff. It was folded around and Tran's opponent made the call.
The flop came and immediately the player in the hijack stated that he was all in. Tran, a long time veteran of the WSOP with over $2.6 million in lifetime career earnings, quickly let go of his hand. He's still sitting with a stack of nearly three times what he started with. He's looking to add to an impressive WSOP resume that already includes 19 cashes, five final tables, and four top four finishes including two 2nd place finishes that netted him over $750,000.
With the board reading by fourth street, Jason Ryan saw his lone opponent in the big blind tap the table for a check.
Ryan obliged with a shove for 4,900, and the big blind player began to agonize over what he called a "really tough decision."
After asking the table for one more minute to sort things through, the tanker finally stood up and announced a call.
Ryan immediately tabled his for an overpair to the board, confident that the fishhooks were out in front after his opponent's lengthy deliberation. Sure enough, the tanker could only muster for a pair and a flush draw, and despite his urgent pleas for a "seven, queen or diamond," the dealer produced the on the river to send him to the rail.
Ryan now sits with just under four times the starting stack in the third level of play.
The crew is back for another episode of the PokerNews Podcast from the 45th annual World Series of Poker. Jason Somerville talks about his 18th-place finish in the $1,000 buy-in pot-limit Omaha event, and the crew discusses the Jason Mo vs. Vanessa Selbst heads-up match along with Darren Elias' affinity for North Faces and the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Team Run Good pro Amanda Baker is off to a good start. We caught her at the tail end of a hand where she had placed a small bet on the river with the board showing four to a straight. Her opponent called and she turned over for a set of tens. Her opponent mucked and she took down the pot.