On Thursday, the 2013 World Series of Poker $10,000 Main Event continued as the remaining 1,753 players from a 6,352-player field returned to battle it our for five more two-hour levels. By the end of the night, just 666 remained, which is just 18 players away from the 648 that will get paid.
The man best positioned to make a deep run into the money is Maxx Coleman, who finished as the Day 3 chip leader with 1,071,500. Others who bagged up big stacks on Day 3 were Josh Prager (993,000), Max Steinberg (987,500), Dick van Luijk (940,000), Vladimir Geshkenbein (900,000), Matthew Huey (885,500) and Chris Johnson (862,000).
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Coleman, who hails from Derby, Kansas, was the only player to finish over a million in chips, though several players were over that mark at different points on Day 3. Coleman has several smaller cashes on his record, with his largest being for $11,130 coming from a Mid-States Poker Tour event in 2012. He has one WSOP cash, and it came this year when he placed 98th in Event #3: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em for $3,388.
Another big stack is Steinberg, who won his first bracelet in 2012. Steinberg's rise came in Level 14 (1,500/3,000/500) in what was the largest pot of the tournament up to that point.
It began when Phil Ivey raised to 7,500 under the gun and was called by Olaoluwa Okelola in the hijack. Steinberg then called from the cutoff and Anthony Gregg did the same from the big blind. The flop came down and Gregg checked to Ivey who bet 16,000. Okelola raised to 41,000, Steinberg called and Gregg folded. Ivey took a few moments before reraising all in for roughly 416,000. Okelola folded, but Steinberg called immediately and tabled . Ivey was left with one out in the deck as he showed . Neither the turn nor river saved Ivey, and he exited through the back of the ESPN stage with his hat in his hand, slapping it as he made his way to the back hallways of the Rio. With that, chipped up to nearly a million in chips. Not too shabby considering he started the day with a mere 39,000.
Others who joined Ivey on the rail throughout the day were "Miami" John Cernuto, who fell on the first hand of the day; brother to the "Grinder," Robert Mizrachi; Hollywood actor Kevin Pollak; Survivor contestant Jean-Robert Bellande; Australian Cricket star Shane Warne; high-stakes player David Benyamine; the World Poker Tour's Tony Dunst; the amiable Scott Seiver; Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree; two-time bracelet winner Freddy Deeb; "Sick Call" Kenny Tran; $111,111 One Drop High Roller champ Tony Gregg; Season IX WPT Player of the Year Andy Frankenberger; Black Friday defendant Chad Elie, who recently did an exclusive interview with PokerNews; and 13-time WSOP bracelet winner and 1989 Main Event champ Phil Hellmuth.
Hellmuth's demise came in Level 13 (1,200/2,400/400) when Victor Cianelli opened to 5,200 and the "Poker Brat" called in position to see a flop. Cianelli bet 10,200, Hellmuth raised to 20,400 and Cianelli shoved with the bigger stack. Hellmuth called off for 56,500 total with but was behind Cianelli's . Neither turn nor river helped to Hellmuth and his 2013 WSOP came to an end in uneventful fashion.
Likewise, the man Hellmuth beat in heads-up play back in 1989, Johnny Chan fell on Day 3, as did 1983 Main Event champ Tom McEvoy. Though some past champs fell, a few managed to make it through the day in defending champ Greg Merson (390,500), 2001 champ Carlos Mortensen (172,500) and two-time Main Event winner Doyle Brunson (626,000).
Brunson, who said earlier this summer that he was going to "give in to Father Time and pass on tournament play at WSOP", played a big hand in Level 15 (2,000/4,000/500). It happened when a player in the cutoff raised to 9,500 and Brunson called on the button. The big blind also came along, and the flop rolled out . Action checked to the cutoff, who bet 13,000, and Brunson put in a raise to 42,000. The big blind then fired back with a check-shove for more than 130,000. The cutoff folded immediately, but Brunson wasted no time in making the call with the , which had the of his opponent crushed. Neither the turn nor river changed a thing and Brunson vaulted up the chip counts.
Others notables who made it through to Day 4 include 2012 EPT PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event runner-up Kyle Julius (751,000); 2007 WSOP Europe Main Event champ Annette Obrestad (564,000); Octo-Niners Russell Thomas (562,000), Steve Gee (292,000) and Rob Salaburu (218,000); EPT Prague champ Ramzi Jelassi (498,000); Team PokerStars Pros Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier (444,000), Marcel Luske (386,000), Jake Cody (350,000), Isaac Haxton (311,000) and Humberto Brenes (132,500); two-time bracelet winner Greg “FBT” Mueller (432,000); WPT Season X champ Marvin Rettenmaier (394,000); two-time $50,000 Poker Players’ Champion Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi (379,500); Day 1 and 2 chip leader Mark “P0ker H0” Kroon (343,000); bracelet winner Ronnie Bardah (321,500), who is looking tie the record by Chris Bjorin of four Main Event cash in a row.
The remaining 666 player will return for Day 4 action on Friday at 12 p.m. local time. The money bubble is expected to burst fairly early on, and as always the PokerNews Live Reporting Team on hand to bring you all the action and eliminations. Check back then for all the latest and greatest from the 2013 WSOP Main Event.