Event #70: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event World Championship
Event #70: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event World Championship
Day 3 Completed

Mermelstein Soars to the Top on Day 3 as the Money Bubble Bursts

zedmaster84 • Level 16: Blinds 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante
Aaron Mermelstein
Aaron Mermelstein

The money bubble has burst on Day 3 of the 2022 World Series of Poker $10,000 Main Event, and 1,299 contenders remain in the second-largest field in WSOP history. Out of 8,663 entrants, three hopefuls chopped the min-cash of $15,000 and ensured that a tiny fraction of the $80,782,475 prize money has already been awarded in the flagship event of the 2022 WSOP in its new home at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas.

After the frantic bubble tension had subsided and all players bagged their chips for the night, Aaron Mermelstein emerged atop the leaderboard with a stack of 2,059,000. He appears to be the only one above two million, while Nick Howard (1,850,000) and Gabi Livshitz (1,835,000) follow not far behind.

"It's dope. [to be chipleader] I have been going out and partying and having fun. I am fortunate to be in this position and I am sticking with what I know best and not changing anything," Mermelstein mentioned at the night's end. He claimed a large portion of his tower of chips in the final stages when his king-nine flopped trips in a three-bet pot, and he ousted an opponent with pocket kings.

2022 WSOP Main Event Day 3 Top 10 Chip Counts

RankPlayerCountryChip Count
1Aaron MermelsteinUnited States2,059,000
2Michael RoccoUnited States1,866,000
3Gabi LivshitzIsrael1,835,000
4Brandon LuloUnited States1,679,000
5Leo ZamarripaUnited States1,643,000
6Jake AbdallaUnited States1,615,000
7Thi Xoa NguyenFrance1,600,000
8Jordyn MillerUnited States1,580,000
9Mathieu HisFrance1,565,000
10Ian ArmstrongUnited Kingdom1,563,000

Another WSOP bracelet winner can be found among the big stacks at the completion of Day 3, and that happens to be Martin Zamani (1,483,000). Several other winners of live poker's most coveted hardware will bring healthy stacks into Day 4, such as Michael Moncek (1,244,000), and Ryan Torgersen (1,134,000).

Mitchell Halverson (1,044,000) also has a bracelet and will aim to finish even better than his 15th place finish in the 2021 WSOP Main Event. Back then, he tangled with Koray Aldemir and the defending champion is among several former WSOP Main Event winners to take a shot at another title in this prestigious tournament. He was right there in the Bally's Event Center when the bubble unfolded and cited "the excitement, especially for the players playing for the first time. A lot of people's goal is just to cash the Main Event."

While some things may have changed since his victory in Sin City, the German poker pro hasn't changed his game much besides taking part in more high-stakes mixed-game bracelet events during the ongoing series.

"Honestly, a lot of people ask me if I feel pressure. I feel less pressure. I'm relaxed. Yeah, I would have been sad if I bubbled, but I'm relaxed and just playing my game."

Among the former champs still in contention in addition to defending champion Koray Aldemir (537,000) are Damian Salas (405,000), John Cynn (343,000), Ryan Riess (243,000) and Greg Merson (168,000).

Koray Aldemir
Koray Aldemir

Many other notables were less fortunate and had to leave empty-handed. With the money bubble looming toward the end of Level 15, the hand-for-hand procedure kicked off four spots away from the money. Two rapid eliminations, including the one of Seyed Nabavi, brought the field down to the last 1,302 hopefuls. What unfolded after that was a round with five simultaneous called all-ins on different tables.

Three of those hoping to stay alive came up short of the goal as Robert Lipkin, Ognjen Sekularac and Tom McCormick all ran out of chips entirely. They chopped the $15,000 min-cash for $5,000 each and Lipkin was fortunate enough to win the blind flip for the WSOP $10,000 Main Event entry for next year. Kevin Campbell was the bubble boy in the 2021 WSOP Main Event and was among the Day 3 survivors with an above-average stack.

Many other big names were not as fortunate. Day 3 commenced with a field of 2,993 players and by the end of play, that number was cut down by more than half. Last year's runner-up George Holmes, for example, went on a roller coaster ride throughout the day and eventually bowed out with ace-eight suited versus ace-king, not far away from locking up a min-cash. The always entertaining Jimmy D'Ambrosio suffered the same fate in the same level as well, while Jesse Sylvia and Samantha Abernathy were coolered early on.

Despite the plethora of notables gone, the field of contenders for Day 4 still contains plenty of big names. They will all be back in action at noon local time in pursuit of the $10 million top prize in the most prestigious live poker event of the year during the 2022 WSOP at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas.

The blinds will be 4,000/8,000 with an 8,000 big blind ante and five two-hour levels scheduled. As usual, the PokerNews live reporting team will be scouring the floor to provide as many key hands as possible for this grand spectacle.

Tags: Aaron MermelsteinDamian SalasGabi LivshitzGeorge HolmesGreg MersonJesse SylviaJimmy D'AmbrosioJohn CynnKevin CampbellKoray AldemirMartin ZamaniMichael MoncekMitchell HalversonNick HowardOgnjen SekularacRobert LipkinRyan RiessRyan TorgersenSamantha AbernathySeyed NabaviTom McCormick

2022 WSOP Main Event Day 3 Chip Counts (full)

zedmaster84 • Level 16: Blinds 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante
Aaron Mermelstein us
Aaron Mermelstein
us 2,059,000 -241,000
Gabi Livshitz il
Gabi Livshitz
il 1,835,000 -65,000
Brandon Lulov us
Brandon Lulov
us 1,679,000 119,000
Leo Zamarripa us
Leo Zamarripa
us 1,643,000 663,000
Jake Abdalla us
Jake Abdalla
us 1,615,000 115,000
Thi Xoa Nguyen fr
Thi Xoa Nguyen
fr 1,600,000 620,000
Jordyn Miller us
Jordyn Miller
us 1,580,000 -10,000
Mathieu His fr
Mathieu His
fr 1,565,000 949,000
Ian Armstrong gb
Ian Armstrong
gb 1,563,000 -37,000
Wilbern Hoffman us
Wilbern Hoffman
us 1,546,000 1,447,500
Konstantinos Manousoudakis GR
Konstantinos Manousoudakis
GR 1,541,000 1,238,500
Shota Nakanishi jp
Shota Nakanishi
jp 1,504,000 302,000
Andres Jeckeln ar
Andres Jeckeln
ar 1,496,000 1,278,000
Martin Zamani us
Martin Zamani
us 1,483,000 -77,000
Roy Kim US
Roy Kim
US 1,454,000 274,000
Takahiro Sasabe JP
Takahiro Sasabe
JP 1,421,000 321,000
Stephen Deutsch us
Stephen Deutsch
us 1,410,000 1,089,000
David Diaz us
David Diaz
us 1,404,000 694,000
Karim Rebei dz
Karim Rebei
dz 1,402,000 242,000
Leon Sturm de
Leon Sturm
de 1,389,000 139,000
Ryutaro Sugita US
Ryutaro Sugita
US 1,379,000 299,000
Muhammad Abdel Rahim us
Muhammad Abdel Rahim
us 1,350,000 -100,000
Eric Sutton US
Eric Sutton
US 1,347,000 262,000
Victor Li ca
Victor Li
ca 1,311,000 8,000
James Hobbs us
James Hobbs
us 1,306,000 869,500

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Day 3 Completed

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

The last 1,299 players have bagged and tagged their chips for the night. They will be back at noon local time at the Bally's Casino and have locked up at least $15,000 for their efforts.

Assorted counts and a recap of today's action are to follow.

Lipkin, Sekularac and McCormick Eliminated on the Bubble

mattohalloran • Level 16: Blinds 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante
2022 WSOP Main Event Bubble Robert Lipkin
2022 WSOP Main Event Bubble Robert Lipkin

Action for this hand, played shortly before the hand-for-hand portion of the evening, was joined with 23,000 in the pot and a flop of {q-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{7-Clubs} on the table. Robert Lipkin, in the hijack, moved nearly all in, keeping himself a single 1,000 chip behind. His opponent, in the cutoff, put in a raise to force Lipkin all in. After some time in the tank, he made the laydown, likely a wise one, as his opponent flashed {a-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}.

Lipkin was still holding onto that chip by the time the tournament reached the hand-for-hand portion. Shortly after, Lipkin found himself in the big blind, forced to move all in before a card had been dealt. A middle position player put in a raise to 18,000 but received no callers, giving a heads-up showdown with Lipkin's tournament life at stake. Once the tournament director had given the go-ahead, the two tabled their hands.

Robert Lipkin: {q-Spades}{8-Diamonds}
Opponent: {a-Clubs}{k-Spades}

Lipkin's elimination seemed inevitable until the {8-Hearts} appeared in the window on the {5-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} flop, improving him to a pair. The {10-Hearts} turn and {j-Hearts} river helped nobody, and Lipkin secured the pot, increasing his stack from 1,000 to 3,000. Unfortunately for Lipkin, he was the small blind on the next hand and was once again forced to go all in before any cards hit the felt.

After a limp from middle position, the hijack raised 38,000 and received no callers, meaning Lipkin was once again in a heads-up showdown for his tournament life.

Robert Lipkin: {5-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}
Hijack: {9-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}

Lipkin was in poor shape and failed to improve on the {q-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{k-Spades}{j-Clubs}{7-Spades} runout, eliminating him from the tournament. Elsewhere in the field, there were two other eliminations and two double ups as the bubble officially burst.

*****

The second player eliminated was Ognjen Sekularac.

Action started on the flop with a board of {8-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{q-Spades}. Ian Armstrong checked to Ognjen Sekularac, who bet 50,000 into the pot. Armstrong check-raised all in for about 420,000 effective. Sekularac made the call.

Ognjen Sekularac: {q-Hearts}{j-Hearts}
Ian Armstrong: {q-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}

With the whole tournament rooting for a flush draw to come in, the turn brought the {7-Diamonds} to leave Sekularac drawing to a full house to stay alive. The river was the {10-Diamonds} to seal the deal and give Sekularac a split of the bubble.

*****

The last player to depart was Tom McCormick, who was forced all-in from the big blind for 8,000 and 3,000 as big blind ante, while Vladimir Geshkenbein had limped in from the small blind.

Tom McCormick: {k-Hearts}{3-Spades}
Vladimir Geshkenbein: {7-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}

The board ran out {8-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{4-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{a-Hearts} and Geshkenbein earned the chips and a signed book copy of McCormick, who has been handing them out for each elimination in the last few years at the WSOP.

Lipkin, Sekularac and McCormick will split the $15,000 min-cash and play a blind flip for the 2023 WSOP $10,000 Main Event seat shortly.

Tom McCormick Eliminated on the Bubble
Tom McCormick Eliminated on the Bubble
Ian Armstrong gb
Ian Armstrong
gb 1,600,000 1,428,500
Vladimir Geshkenbein ru
Vladimir Geshkenbein
ru 1,200,000 225,000
Robert Lipkin us
Robert Lipkin
us Busted
Tom McCormick us
Tom McCormick
us Busted
Ognjen Sekularac rs
Ognjen Sekularac
rs Busted

Tags: Ian ArmstrongOgnjen SekularacRobert LipkinTom McCormickVladimir Geshkenbein

Abdalla's Building a Nice Bubble Stack

TerranceReid • Level 16: Blinds 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante
Jake Abdalla
Jake Abdalla

Jake Abdalla has "slid" into one of the top spots of the leaderboard, using his big stack to ramp up the aggression as we are two away from the money.

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Jake Abdalla us
Jake Abdalla
us 1,500,000 100,000

Tags: Jake Abdalla

Lamkin Gets the Double Up From Zamani

gaellej • Level 16: Blinds 4,000-8,000, 8,000 ante
Martin Zamani
Martin Zamani

Martin Zamani shoved blind from the under the gun position and it folded to Joseph Lamkin who called all in for 324,000 to create the following showdown:

Joseph Lamkin: {q-Clubs}{q-Spades}
Martin Zamani: {7-Hearts}{7-Clubs}

Zamani had the surprise of finding pocket sevens in his hands but the board gave {j-Spades}{3-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{j-Clubs}{q-Hearts} to improve Lamkin's hand into a full house and give him the needed double up.

Martin Zamani us
Martin Zamani
us 1,560,000 -170,000
Joseph Lamkin us
Joseph Lamkin
us 660,000 483,000

Tags: Joseph LamkinMartin Zamani