Day 3 of Event #13: Big Blind Antes $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em saw 30 players return to the Amazon room at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino with the aim of making the final six and a spot in Day 4.
Benjamin Moon (2,760,000) will lead the final six when the players return at 1pm on Friday, 8 June, with Colin Robinson (2,660,000) hot on his heels. Nhathanh Nguyen (1,403,000), Romain Lewis (1,295,000), Steven Snyder (1,065,000) and Bohdan Slyvinskyi (590,000) make up the line-up of players that will compete for the $315,346 first-place prize and coveted WSOP gold bracelet.
Day 3 Action
The action got off to a fast start with Damien Le Goff, Daniel Strelitz, and Ademir Cuch all departing within the first 15 minutes of play. This meant the tables were redrawn almost from the off with WSOP bracelet winner Ankush Mandavia the first player to suffer the consequences of the redraw before former big stacks Tony Ruberto and the UK's Joel Ettedgi also departed.
Two-time bracelet winner Shaun Deeb faced the prospect of multi-tabling both this event as well as taking part in the final three of Event #14: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw. He ultimately secured third-place for $36,330 in the Lowball Draw, before adding another $11,533 to his bankroll for a 16th place finish in this event.
After Romain Villar (13th place for $14,468), Gerald 'Skullman' David (12th place for $18,360) and Day 1 chip leader Stephen Song (11th for $18,360) had departed, the unofficial final table was set and the players moved to the ESPN Arena area.
Jan Christoph von Halle, however, did not have long to play there after he lost a huge flip against Dutch Boyd. Von Halle's pocket jacks were up against Boyd's ace-queen suited and were not able to hold when a queen hit the turn. The German was left short and ultimately exited in 10th place for $18,360 after he lost another flip with pocket fives against the ace-jack of Benjamin Moon.
Despite the double against Von Halle, Boyd could only manage to take 9th place for $23,605 after he found himself on the wrong end of Colin Robinson's full house.
Raymond Ho then lost a huge blind-on-blind all in with pocket fives against Steven Snyder's pocket sevens to leave him with just two big blinds. Ho was able to spin his stack back up to the ten big blind mark, but again it was a classic flip scenario that saw another player eliminated when his pocket eights lost to the ace-king of Robinson, taking $30,742 for 8th place.
With just one more elimination needed before the stacks were bagged and tagged, it was Eric Polirer who eventually busted out. The US player was the table short stack and moved all in, only to see Snyder reshove. Polirer held six-seven of hearts and would need a lot of help to beat Snyder's pocket tens. The flop came all spades and Polirer was drawing dead by the turn to finish in 7th place for his best live recorded cash of $40,549.
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