Event #68: $10,000 Main Event
Event #68: $10,000 Main Event
Día 3 completado

Bubble Bursts on Day 3; Just 661 Remain w/ Amar Anand Leading Once Again

Amar Anand
Amar Anand

The 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event began with 6,420 players – which created a prize pool of $60,348,000 – but on Friday just 1,796 returned for Day 3 action. Of those, just 1,000 would get paid, meaning 796 were destined to leave disappointed and empty handed. Amar Anand, who began the day as the chip leader, was not one of them; in fact, he once again managed to finish five levels of play as the chip leader, this time among the 661 surviving players with a hefty stack of 1,139,500.

Others who bagged big stacks included Joseph McKeehen (1,052,000), Brian Hastings (1,034,500), and the wunderkind Fedor Holz (994,000), who is playing in his first-ever WSOP Main Event.

"I guess a little better [than I imagined my first main event would be]," Holz told PokerNews after bagging and tagging. "I don't have too high of expectations, I know that it can end every day, but that was a pretty good day. I just had a pretty good run overall."

Holz continued: "I didn't get into any trouble spots. Every time I had something, people paid me off with worse hands. I just really enjoy playing poker right now. I've worked a lot on my game. When you have a lot of fun doing something and you dedicate a lot of time into it, you have success at some points. I'm really happy with how I'm performing right now."

Top 10 Chip Counts

1Amar Anand1,139,000
2Joseph McKeehen1,052,000
3Brian Hasting1,034,500
4Fedor Holz994,000
5Jason Roberts948,000
6Emmanuel Lopez942,000
7Jake Toole940,000
8Chad Power917,500
9Stephen Graner916,000
10Dmitry Chop901,500

Among those to fall short of the money on Day 3 were 2004 champ Greg Raymer; former November Niner Antoine Saout; German high roller Fabian Quoss; Big One for ONE DROP winner Daniel Colman; last year's fifth-place finisher Billy Pappas; 2014 WSOP Player of the Year runner-up Brandon Shack-Harris; online poker's most accomplished tournament player Chris Moorman; and TV star Brad Garrett.

The money bubble – always an exciting time during the Main Event – actually saw two players fall in Jonas Lauck and Roy Daoud.

With blinds of 1,500/3,000/500, Lauck's opponent fired 16,500 on the {k-Spades}{5-Hearts}{4-Clubs} flop, 37,000 on the {10-Spades} turn, and 70,000 on the {a-Spades} river. Lauck had gone into hero mode and called down with the {a-Hearts}{q-Spades}, but his opponent ran a straight with the {q-Clubs}{j-Spades}.

Daoud, meanwhile, had already paid the big blind and watched as his opponent in the small blind put him all in for 21,500 without looking at his cards. Daoud called it off with the {5-Hearts}{5-Clubs} and dominated his foe's {7-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}. The board ran out {k-Clubs}{9-Spades}{4-Clubs}{k-Spades}{9-Clubs}, counterfeiting Daoud's pair and leaving him with a losing five-high.

"It's the sickest way to go out," a disappointed Daoud said. "Small [blind] against big [blind], I see pocket fives, and I put it in. There's nothing I can do."

Daoud, a 31-year-old real estate worker who was playing in his first Main Event, may have been the recipient of a bad beat, but he was able to come out on the right end of a coin flip in the moments afterward. He and Lauck high-carded for a seat in next year's Main Event, and Daoud's jack bested Lauck's seven.

After the money bubble burst the eliminations came fast and furious, especially considering the flat payout of $15,000 from 1,000th through 649th place. Among those to visit the payout desk were Cliff Josephy (956th), Charlie Carrel (940th), Hoyt Corkins (911th), Allen Cunningham (825th), Ola "Odd_Oddsen" Amundsgard (809th), Faraz Jaka (785th), and Craig Varnell (784th), who was featured in a standalone PokerNews article earlier in the day.

Before the night was done a few other notables joined them on the rail including 2013 WSOP Europe champ and reigning EPT Grand Final winner Adrian Mateos (750th - $15,000), who was playing in his first-ever WSOP Main Event; 1998 WSOP champ Scotty Nguyen (713th - $15,000); and 2012 eighth-place finisher Rob Salaburu (666th - $15,000).

While more than a thousand fell on Day 3, a long list of notables punched their ticket to Day 4 including five former Main Event champs: Jim Bechtel (575,000), Joe Hachem (414,500), Phil Hellmuth (170,500), Ryan Riess (143,500), and Jonathan Duhamel (53,000). Bechtel also spoke with PokerNews on Day 3, which you can read by clicking here.

Others coming back for Day 4 include Mark "P0ker H0" Kroon (807,000), Matt Glantz (581,000), Men "The Master" Nguyen (503,500), Vivek Rajkumar (465,000), Daniel Negreanu (444,000), Andre Akkari (422,000), Blake Bohn (408,000), and Antonio Esfandiari (392,000).

Day 4 will kick off at Noon local time on Saturday with the plan of playing five more two-hour levels.

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PokerNews Podcast Episode #317: Haters, Swag, and Sweats


Donnie Peters kicks off the podcast with a rant about haters, then he and Remko Rinkema open up some random swag from the Gamblers General Store and Spinettis. The two also discuss the 25K Fantasy sweats in the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event, and wonder WHERE THE BLEEP THE PIZZA IS, MICKEY!

You can subscribe to the entire iBus Media Network on iTunes here, or you can access the RSS feed here. The PokerNews family of podcasts is now available on Stitcher.

*Lead photo courtesy of Kim Metso via Wikimedia Commons.

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Playing the WSOP Main Event? Don't Forget To Use the MyStack App for Updates!


Welcome to the final Day 3 of the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event!

There are 1,796 players remaining, and today will be the day the money is reached. With the top 1,000 spots reaching the money, the bubble should burst sometime after the dinner break.

Coming into the day, names such as Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, George Danzer, Ryan Riess, Joe Hachem, and Jonathan Duhamel still remain.

The cards will be in the air at noon local time and another five two-hour levels will be played.

PokerNews is not the live coverage provider for this year's 46th annual WSOP, but our famous MyStack app will be functional for players that have it installed on their mobile devices.

Brought to you by PokerNews, the app connects poker players in poker events. If you are playing in a poker tournament with the MyStack app available, you can now update your own chip count, post comments, and even share photos with other PokerNews members from around the world. You'll also be able to follow the MyStack feed if you want to check in on other's progress at the events, and even create a list of favorite players to follow.

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Event #68: $10,000 Main Event
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