Day 3 of Event #17: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed has come to an end just six hours into play with the final six players returning to play for the bracelet on the ESPN feature table at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino tomorrow at noon.
The player who will lead the way is Joey Weissman who bagged 3,683,000. Weissman is no stranger to WSOP final tables having won Event #46 for $694,609 back in 2012, but he will be up against three other fellow bracelet winners in the form of Ryan D'Angelo (2,350,000), Nick Schulman (861,000), and Yue Du (796,000). Completing the line up are big stacks Antonio Barbato (2,205,000) and Bulgaria's Ognyan Dimov (2,560,000).
Final Table Seat Draw
|Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||Nick Schulman||United States||861,000||29|
|2||Ryan D'Angelo||United States||2,350,000||78|
|6||Joey Weissman||United States||3,683,000||123|
Day 3 action
Twenty-seven players returned for the day and sat around five tables in the Amazon room with Gabriel Baumgartner the player with the most chips in front of him. But the German was unable to continue the momentum he built up during Day 2 and ended up being eliminated in 22nd place for $15,168.
The final two tables were set after Frenchman Pierre Calamusa, who had seen his chip stack yo-yo up and down throughout the day, exited in 13th place for $19,469 after he ran ace-queen into Dimov's pocket kings and was unable to improve on the board.
Hon Cheong Lee then took 12th place ($25,342) before a hand occurred that would change the whole dynamics of the tournament. Jason Brin defended his big blind against Barbato and check-called a 32,000 bet on a six-of-clubs, ace-of-clubs, nine-of-clubs flop before both players checked on the nine-of-hearts turn.
The river was the ten-of-spades, and Brin bet 150,000 out of his 470,000 chip stack. Barbato thought for a minute before he announced all in. Brin made the call. Both players had a full house, but it was Barbato who had it better with tens-full-of-nines versus nines-full-of-aces. Brin was the shorter of the two stacks and was eliminated in 11th place for $25,342.
Jamie Rosen (10th) and Alexandr Lipkin (9th) cashed for $33,447 before end-of-day one chip leader Bart Lybaert (8th place) and Luke Brereton (7th place) busted almost simultaneously to set the final table. Lybaert shoved seven-eight-of-hearts from the button into ace-jack-of-spades held by Weissman in the big blind and could not improve on the board, as just moments later on the other table Brereton lost with pocket eights against the pocket tens of Barbato. Both players took away $44,750 for their troubles.
The day ended with 50 minutes left in level 26, so the players will be returning to blinds at 15k/30k/5k ante. With multiple bracelet winners on display and the first-place prize of $378,743, tomorrow looks set to be a very interesting day on the ESPN feature table and for the PokerNews updates. So make sure to keep coming back here!