Event #67: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event World Championship
Event #67: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event World Championship
Day 3 Completed

Moneymaker Bags Big on Day 3 as the 2021 WSOP Main Event Bubble Bursts

zedmaster84 • Level 16: 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante
Chris Moneymaker
Chris Moneymaker

The 2021 World Series of Poker $10,000 Main Event has concluded Day 3 by bursting the money bubble, sending all 1,000 survivors home with a guaranteed min-cash of $15,000. No portion of the $62,011,250 prize pool has been awarded yet in the pinnacle live poker event of the year at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, as all survivors bagged and tagged their chips for the night.

Jessica Cai claimed the Day 3 chip lead with a stack of 1,796,000 with Natural8 ambassador Phachara Wongwichit (1,773,000) hot on her heels. Several other contestants bagged up more than 1.5 million in chips such as Joshua Paige Remitio (1,671,000), Ehsan Amiri (1,574,000), Stephen Song (1,557,000), Neel Choksi (1,552,000), and Andreas Kniep (1,509,000).

The early spotlight on Day 3 belonged to the 2003 WSOP Main Event champion Chris Moneymaker, who was among the first players to run up a seven-figure stack. Moneymaker spent the last levels of the night on the feature table and advanced with one of the biggest stacks in the room as he bagged up 1,432,000. Among the victims of his early hot run was also Robert Kuhn, who ran into pocket aces. Fellow Main Event champions Qui Nguyen (659,000) and Martin Jacobson (142,000) survived the day as well.

Jessica Cai
Day 3 chip leader Jessica Cai

Cai was spotted mid-way through the day with a big stack and she continued to rake in big pots to become a contender for the overnight lead. She knocked out several opponents, one of which ran with an overpair into her flopped full house, and she eventually claimed the top spot once the money bubble had burst. Dragana Lim chipped up throughout the day and bagged up a top ten stack as well after claiming 1,539,000 to her name. Other female contenders to advance with above average stacks were JJ Liu (765,000), Laura Desantis (686,000), Mimi Luu (682,000), and Kitty Kuo (528,000) while at least two dozen more will return for the money stages.

2021 WSOP Main Event Day 3 Top 10 Chip Counts

RankPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Jessica CaiUnited States1,796,000225
2Phachara WongwichitThailand1,773,000222
3Joshua Paige RemitioUnited States1,671,000209
4Ehsan AmiriAustralia1,574,000197
5Roman ValersteinUnited States1,560,000195
6Neel ChoksiUnited States1,552,000194
7Stephen SongUnited States1,551,000194
8Dragana LimUnited States1,539,000192
9Jordan JayneUnited States1,525,000191
10Andreas KniepGermany1,509,000189

Notables with big stacks outside of the top 10 include Chris Dowling, Gianluca Speranza, Day 2abd chip leader Rameez Shahid, Stephen Chidwick, Dillon Ott, Toby Lewis, Aristeidis Moschonas, Nick Petrangelo, Chance Kornuth and Tim Reilly.

Less fortunate were familiar names such as Anthony Zinno, Justin Bonomo, Ben Lamb, Ole Schemion, Greg Mueller, Faraz Jaka, Andy Black, Niall Farrell, the 2007 WSOP Main Event champion Jerry Yang, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Pat Lyons, Joseph Hebert, and Chris Hunichen to name all but a few.

During hand-for-hand play which commenced with 1,005 hopefuls remaining, eight hands were completed to whittle down the field to the 1,000 survivors. The bubble burst in painful fashion when Kevin Campbell saw his aces cracked by the ace-nine of Chris Alafogiannis, triggering cheers from all corners of the Amazon room. While Campbell missed out on the $15,000 payday, he was given a seat for the 2022 WSOP Main Event as consolation prize.

Kevin Campbell
Kevin Campbell

Day 4 Seat Draws

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All players that bagged and tagged their chips will return at noon local time and play one hour and 50 minutes of level 16 along with another four levels of two hours each. The blinds will resume at 4,000 / 8,000 with a big blind ante of 8,000 and the field will be reduced significantly en route to determine the new World Champion in the days to come. Stay tuned for more exclusive updates from the live poker event of the year as the PokerNews live reporting team will be on the floor from start to finish.

Tags: Andreas KniepChance KornuthChris AlafogiannisChris HunichenChris MoneymakerDillon OttEhsan AmiriJerry YangJessica CaiJustin BonomoKevin CampbellMartin JacobsonNick PetrangeloRameez ShahidRobert KuhnStephen SongToby Lewis

End of Day 3 Chip Counts (full)

zedmaster84 • Level 16: 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante
Jessica Cai us
Jessica Cai
us 1,796,000 36,000
Phachara Wongwichit th
Phachara Wongwichit
th 1,773,000 483,000
Joshua Remitio us
Joshua Remitio
us 1,671,000 71,000
Ehsan Amiri au
Ehsan Amiri
au 1,574,000
Roman Valerstein us
Roman Valerstein
us 1,560,000 1,085,100
Neel Choksi US
Neel Choksi
US 1,552,000 1,164,300
Stephen Song us
Stephen Song
us 1,551,000 201,000
Dragana Lim us
Dragana Lim
us 1,539,000 279,000
Jordan Jayne us
Jordan Jayne
us 1,525,000 400,000
Andreas Kniep de
Andreas Kniep
de 1,509,000 69,000
Chris Dowling ie
Chris Dowling
ie 1,485,000 385,000
Chris Moneymaker us
Chris Moneymaker
us 1,432,000 232,000
Daniel Lowery us
Daniel Lowery
us 1,415,000 215,000
Andrew Watson us
Andrew Watson
us 1,401,000 961,000
Martin Pineiro ar
Martin Pineiro
ar 1,395,000 745,000
Fernando Rodriguez pr
Fernando Rodriguez
pr 1,390,000 1,144,900
Chris Vezzetti US
Chris Vezzetti
US 1,390,000 1,283,700
Keith Lehr us
Keith Lehr
us 1,379,000 189,000
Johan Martinet fr
Johan Martinet
fr 1,365,000 675,000
Gianluca Speranza it
Gianluca Speranza
it 1,347,000 639,000
Charbel Kanterjian ca
Charbel Kanterjian
ca 1,341,000 1,181,900
Jeremy Joseph us
Jeremy Joseph
us 1,317,000 986,800
Rameez Shahid ca
Rameez Shahid
ca 1,299,000 -26,000
Matthew Jewett us
Matthew Jewett
us 1,286,000 -64,000
Jack Oliver gb
Jack Oliver
gb 1,271,000 854,000

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Day 3 Completed

zedmaster84 • Level 16: 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante

As the money bubble has burst, the remaining 1,000 players are now bagging and tagging their chips. Assorted counts and a recap of today's action are to follow.

Campbell Suffers Heartbreak on the Bubble

MattHansen • Level 16: 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante
Chris Alafogiannis and Kevin Campbell
Chris Alafogiannis and Kevin Campbell

Chris Alafogiannis raised to 16,000 and Kevin Campbell shoved his last 93,000 into the middle. Alafogiannis called.

After waiting for another all-in player to double up, the players turned their cards over.

Kevin Campbell: {a-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}
Chris Alafogiannis: {a-Clubs}{9-Clubs}

The flop ran out {9-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{8-Diamonds} and the nine sent a wave of electricity through the large crowd that had gathered around the table.

The turn was {7-Clubs} and another wave of energy went through the crowd as Alafogiannis picked up a flush draw.

The river was {9-Spades} and a large roar ripped through the crowd for the three nines of Alafogiannis. Campbell's aces were cracked and he was eliminated on the stone bubble.

"It's all good. What are you gonna do?" Campbell said as WSOP Vice President Jack Effel offered his condolences and an opportunity to return for the 2022 Main Event.

Chris Alafogiannis CA
Chris Alafogiannis
CA 844,000 774,400
Kevin Campbell us
Kevin Campbell
us Busted

Tags: Chris AlafogiannisKevin Campbell

Schauer Doubles on the Bubble

poolshir • Level 16: 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante

Craig Schauer raised to 18,000 from the small blind and Matthew Hunt three-bet to 75,000 from the big blind. Schauer contemplated for a bit and then opted to make the call.

Schauer checked blind before the flop came down with the {8-Spades}{4-Hearts}{a-Spades}. Hunt bet 45,000 for Schauer to raise to 120,000 which Hunt called.

The turn was the {k-Spades} and Schauer checked again. This time, Hunt shoved for Schauer to snap-call for the 272,000 he had behind.

Hunt accidentally revealed his cards but flipped them over again. They waited a while for all the action on the other tables to finish while Hunt was visibly regretting all the decisions he made leading up to this moment.

"Am I drawing dead?" Hunt asked Schauer.

"If I saw your cards right, yes." Schauer replied.

Dreading the moment of the reveal, it did come in the end.

Craig Schauer: {8-Hearts}{8-Clubs}
Matthew Hunt: {q-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}

Hunt had flopped bottom pair while Schauer had hit a set for Hunt to be left drawing dead indeed to burst the bubble on this table.

The river completed the board with the {7-Diamonds} to seal the deal and for Schauer to double on the bubble.

Craig Schauer us
Craig Schauer
us 941,000 780,900
Matthew Hunt gb
Matthew Hunt
gb 200,000 -144,000

Tags: Craig SchauerMatthew Hunt

Fernandez Takes Advantage of a Juicy Turn Card

ajlamers • Level 16: 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante
Sergio Fernangez
Sergio Fernangez

Pavel Plesuv opened to 20,000 in early position and was called by Sergio Fernandez in the hijack along with the cutoff. The flop came {a-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} and Plesuv checked to Fernandez who bet 22,000. The cutoff raised to 62,000 which got Plesuv to fold but Fernandez called.

The turn brought the {8-Clubs}, putting three clubs on the board. Fernandez led out with a bet of 65,000 which put his opponent into the tank for a bit. After a little over a minute, his opponent decided to fold and Fernandez chipped up even more.

Sergio Fernandez es
Sergio Fernandez
es 795,000 385,000

Tags: Sergio Fernandez

Gahl Survives Stone Bubble

BrandonBloom • Level 16: 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante

On a board of {k-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} and about 100,000 in the pot, Randy Ohel had jammed on the button to put Sebastian Gahl at risk of being the bubble boy if he were to call off his 140,000 remaining stack.

Gahl tanked and a crowd formed before he even made a decision. Eventually, he called for his tournament life. Once the cameras and Jack Effel arrived at the spectacle, the hands were revealed.

Sebastian Gahl: {k-Clubs}{5-Clubs}
Randy Ohel: {q-Hearts}{q-Spades}

Gahl was ahead with top pair and a flush draw, but still had outs to fade. The dealer burned and turned, and put down the {q-Clubs}, which cause many in the crowd to erupt, possibly thinking the bubble had burst as Ohel made a set. Instead, Gahl made a flush to stay alive and upon that realization, the room once again erupted into a sea of boos and another hand was to be played on the bubble.

Sebastian Gahl DE
Sebastian Gahl
DE 380,000 92,500
Randy Ohel us
Randy Ohel
us 325,000 -125,000

Guillaumot Doubles Through Song

zedmaster84 • Level 16: 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante

On the river of a board {k-Clubs}{j-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{3-Hearts}, Robin Guillaumot was at risk out of the big blind for the last 156,000. By then, there were some 130,000 in the middle and Stephen Song had called the shove. While all other hands were completed, Song already joked "he will double". Once the camera crew and dozens of players gathered around the table, the cards were revealed.

Song had the {a-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} for the nut flush but Guillaumot doubled with {3-Diamonds}{3-Spades} for quads.

Stephen Song us
Stephen Song
us 1,350,000 -300,000
Robin Guillaumot fr
Robin Guillaumot
fr 470,000 137,000

Tags: Stephen SongRobin Guillaumot

Flaherty Eliminated Just Off Money

connorrichards • Level 16: 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante
Andrew Flaherty
Andrew Flaherty

Andrew Flaherty was all-in for 8,000 from under the gun and Ryan Gittleson called from the big blind for just 2,000 more.

Andrew Flaherty: {5-Hearts}{4-Spades}
Ryan Gittleson: {q-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}

Flaherty needed help and the flop of {3-Hearts}{k-Hearts}{10-} didn't help him much, but the {2-Hearts} on the turn gave him straight and flush outs. Unfortunately for him, the river bricked out with the {3-Diamonds} and Flaherty was eliminated one spot away from the money.

Ryan Gittleson US
Ryan Gittleson
US 860,000 615,500
Andrew Flaherty us
Andrew Flaherty
us Busted

Tags: Andrew FlahertyRyan Gittleson