Good afternoon and welcome back to the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino for our third and final day of Event 44: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em! Today we will crown an eventual champion, however, with 16 players still vying for the title - there is still a ways to go!
Best positioned to take down the title is Thomas Conway, who bagged up 888,000 last night after taking down some large pots and scoring some knockouts toward the end of the night. Right behind Conway in chips is Nelson Robinson, who will come into Day 3 with 871,000.
Our last woman standing - Anke Berner, is looking to be yet another woman to make a World Series of Poker final table this year. Just yesterday - Jackie Glazier scored a second-place finish in Event 41: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em. Bener actually entered Day 2 with just 7,600 in chips and figured she would be quickly eliminated. However, she is still here and has a chance to become the first woman to win an open WSOP event since Vanessa Selbst - who won a Pot-Limit Omaha event back in 2008.
Here is the seating draw and player chip counts heading into Day 3:
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There you have it - can Conway use his chip advantage to propel himself to the final table and claim victory? Will Berner accomplish what the other ladies could not and claim a bracelet this year? Or will another one of our 16 players - such as 2009 bracelet-winner Kevin Stammen - take home the gold?
Stay tuned and be sure to follow the action right here at PokerNews as the drama unfolds and we crown an eventual champion!