Similar to last year, no champion could be crowned within three tournament days in Event #62: $10,000 Razz Championship and two players remain to battle for the latest gold bracelet of the 2019 World Series of Poker. This time it will be Scott Seiver and Andrey Zhigalov who will return to the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino to battle for the top prize of $301,421 in a field of 116 entries.
Not even 20 minutes prior to bagging and tagging, Seiver was all in and at risk for fewer than two big bets and tripled up after getting there on the river before sending Chris Ferguson to the rail in third place. Seiver also scooped most of the pots in heads-up against Zhigalov to go from almost zero to chip leader, holding 3,950,000 against the 3,010,000 of his opponent from Russia.
The heads-up duel will recommence at 2 p.m. local time with limits of 100,000 / 200,000 and Seiver will seek his third bracelet, while Zhigalov aims for number two. Among the Day 3 casualties were Mike Gorodinsky, defending champion Calvin Anderson, David "Gunslinger" Bach, Daniel Negreanu, and 2019 WSOP Player of the Year frontrunner Dan Zack.
Day 3 Results and Remaining Payouts
|3||Chris Ferguson||United States||$131,194|
|4||Dan Zack||United States||$94,305|
|7||David Bach||United States||$39,788|
|8||George Alexander||United States||$31,185|
|9||Marco Johnson||United States||$25,008|
|10||Calvin Anderson||United States||$25,008|
|11||Mike Gorodinsky||United States||$20,528|
|12||Cary Katz||United States||$20,528|
Action of the Day
Cary Katz was the shortest stack coming back and became the first casualty of the day and he was soon followed to the rail by Mike Gorodinsky, who missed a seven draw against the made ten-eight of Dan Zack. Defending champion Calvin Anderson clashed twice with Andrey Zhigalov and could not escape from elimination anymore when Zhigalov turned a wheel.
Zack further climbed up the leader board after sending Marco Johnson to the rail with a seventy-six and George Alexander missed out on his maiden bracelet when Daniel Negreanu made a wheel. David Bach and Andre Akkari fell next while Negreanu took over the lead with five players remaining in his pursuit of a seventh bracelet.
However, it was not meant to be this time for Negreanu, as he could not beat Chris Ferguson in a three-way pot to end up in 5th place. Several players took turns at the top and it was Dan Zack that had to settle for 4th place when his eight-draw bricked and he ended up with a full house instead.
Down to the final three, Scott Seiver and Andrey Zhigalov dominated the action while Ferguson was the short stack. It took more than four hours to lose another player and that happened to be Ferguson some 15 minutes before the end of the final level of the night. Left short after Seiver had tripled up his last few chips, Ferguson was left drawing dead when Seiver spiked a ten-five and that set up the duel for an intense battle at the very end.
Zhigalov had a commanding lead heading into heads-up but couldn't close it out. Instead, he even had to surrender the chip leader before both agreed to bag and tag for the night. Stay tuned for the conclusion of this event as the PokerNews team will be back to provide all the action on the final day.