Day 3 of Event #78: $10,000 Razz Championship saw 13 hopefuls dwindle to just two before play was suspended for the day. Due to a hard-stop rule after seven levels of play — Benny Glaser and Everett Carlton will conclude their heads-up battle tomorrow at 3 p.m. local time.
The duo have locked up $169,773 already with their eyes on the $274,693 top prize and the coveted gold bracelet. Glaser will enter as the chip leader after bagging 3,990,000. Carlton will have some catching up to do but had a strong comeback from fumes at the end of the day to bring a respectable 2,570,000 to work with.
Final Table Results and Payouts
|5||John Monnette||United States||$68,025|
|6||Yehuda Buchalter||United States||$51,739|
|7||Erik Seidel||United States||$39,987|
|8||Phil Hellmuth||United States||$31,411|
|9||Brad Ruben||United States||$25,086|
Action of the Day
The shortest stacks entering Day 3 fell quickly, with Matt Vengrin, Carlos Villamarin, and Shirley Rosario all busting within the first hour of play. Roland Israelashvili also busted during the first level after losing with a six against Carlton.
Phil Hellmuth was looking to further cement his legacy by winning a seventeenth bracelet. He found himself short, but managed to double up multiple times in his bid to run up his stack. The Poker Brat ultimately fell, however, after losing a big pot to Glaser and then committing the rest of his chips in a multiway pot and losing out to Yehuda Buchalter.
The pace of play steadied when it got seven-handed, but Yuri Dzivielevski was able to claim the next couple of knockouts in Erik Seidel and Buchalter as escalating antes and limits ensured swift action.
From that point on it was all Glaser, who continued to build his stack seemingly without a hitch. Carlton was able to claim the tournament lives of Erik Sagstrom and Dzivielevski, but still only managed gain a fraction of the chips Glaser held entering heads-up play.
Things looked bleak for Carlton as Glaser increased his chip lead through a series of pots that went Glaser's way. Carlton even got as low as a nine-to-one chip deficit thanks in part to Glaser calling a bluff by Carlton shortly after head-up play began. Carlton was able to claw his way back, however, and won a big pot close to the end of the final level to force a Day 4.
Play will resume tomorrow at 3 p.m. local time at the feature table in the Amazon Room and continue until a winner is decided. The clock will begin at Level 25 (100,000/200,000 limits with a 20,000 ante) with blinds increasing every 90 minutes.
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