The Bellagio welcomed back 67 players to the World Poker Tour World Championship yesterday and the end of five 90-minute levels just 24 of those players had chips needing bagging up and storing ready for Day 4. Among the survivors was Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody, who ended Day 3 with a stack of 365,000.
After finishing in the top six in chips at the end of the first two starting days Cody had high hopes for Day 3, but a few key hands did not go his way and they cost him dearly, According to the WPT Live Updates team, Cody lost two large pot in quick succession during Level 14.
The first saw Brandon Steven open to 15,000 from under the gun, a bet that Cody three-bet to 36,000. The action then passed around to Steven and he put in a four-bet to 61,000. Cody called and the dealer spread out the flop. Both players checked and the turn fell the . Steven led for 47,000 and Cody called. The completed the board and Steven greeted it with a 77,000 bet, sending Cody into the tank for two minutes. When Cody emerged he did so with a call, but mucked his hand when Steven showed for an ace-high flush.
Shortly after that hand Cody doubled up Sam Goldman despite getting his chips in good. Brandon Steven opened to 15,000 and like the previously mention hand Cody three-bet to 36,000. From the small blind, Goldman cold four-bet all in for 98,000 in total and when Steven folded, Cody called.
Cody’s ace-high stayed best on the flop and Goldman looked to be heading for the exits. That was until the appeared on the turn to improve Goldman to a pair of jacks. Goldman needed to avoid and ace or a king on the river in order to double up, which he did when the landed on the turn. This loss left Cody with 104,000 chips, or 17 big blinds.
Steven and Cody clashed again later in the day in a hand that saw Cody double to 211,000 chips. Steven opened to 17,000 from the hijack seat with and then called when Cody three-bet all in for 96,000 in the cutoff with . The final board read leaving Cody’s jacks as the best hand and the double up was complete.
One final hand involving Cody saw him move all in preflop for 119,000 chips towards the end of Level 15 with and find a caller in the shape of Jonathan Roy and his . Cody paired his jack on a board and doubled to 260,000.
Cody’s 365,000 stack places him 19/24 at the start of Day 4. In terms of big blinds, Cody’s stack is 36 big blinds deep so he still has plenty of room to manoeuvre. Although Cody will not be enthralled by his new table mates, he will be happy at the sizes of their stacks because he could badly damage those around him. Here’s a look at Cody’s starting table.
Day 4 starts at 12:00 local time and will continue until another five levels are completed. When just 15 players remain the money bubble will burst and hopefully our man will still have chips in front of him at that point. Check in tomorrow to discover if Cody makes it into the money places and beyond.
WPT World Championship End-of-Day 3 Top 10 Chip Counts