2022 888poker XL Winter Series
Event #18: $10,000 Dealer's Choice 6-Handed

Adam Friedman Leads Final Three Players in the $10K Dealer's Choice

123md • Level 30: 100,000-200,000, 0 ante
Adam Friedman

Day 3 of Event #18: $10,000 Dealer's Choice 6-Handed began with 13 players remaining from the starting field of 111 players. After ten levels of action, just three players remain in contention for the $293,275 first-place prize and the World Series of Poker bracelet.

Adam Friedman leads the way with 3,075,000, Alexey Makarov is second in chips with 1,325,000 and Stuart Rutter is the shortest stack with 1,145,000.

Heading into Day 4, the final table will resume on the second hand of Big O with Stuart Rutter choosing the next game.

SeatPlayerCountryChipsBig BlindsBig Bets
2Alexey MakarovRussia1,325,000225.5
3Stuart RutterUnited Kingdom1,145,000195
6Adam FriedmanUnited States3,075,0005112.5

Note: The limits when play resumes on Day 4 will be 120,000/240,000.

Friedman's rise to the top of the chip counts didn't come easy. Before the final table was reached, he found himself as the short stack at his table multiple times. Fortunately for him, he doubled up through Nikolai Yakovenko three times in three different games (Badeucey, No-Limit Hold'em, and Big O). Shortly after the third of those double ups, he quartered Yakovenko in another all-in situation. From there, Friedman made the final table with a comfortable stack but became short once again. However, he rode a heater to the top of the counts and will begin Day 4 in pole position on his fourth WSOP bracelet attempt.

Chris Klodnicki (4th - $90,713), David "ODB" Baker (5th - $65,308) and Marco Johnson (6th- $45,579) were the ones who made the final table and failed to survive the day as Friedman busted them all. The aforementioned Yakovenko was eliminated in seventh place for $35,082, and he was also eliminated by Friedman. Start-of-day chip leader Anthony Zinno busted in eighth place for the same amount.

Other eliminations today include Ryan Miller (9th - $26,184), Jesse Martin (10th - $26,184), Dylan Linde (11th - $19,784), Joey Couden (12th - $19,784) and Aditya Prasetyo (13th - $15,136).

Play resumes on Sunday at 2 p.m. and will continue until a winner emerges. PokerNews will be on hand to provide live updates on the action as the quest to crown the next WSOP bracelet winner concludes.

Tags: Adam FriedmanAlexey MakarovStuart Rutter