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Event #17: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em

Event Info

Buy-in $1,500
Prize Pool $2,841,750
Players 2,105

Level Info

Level 30
Blinds 50,000 / 100,000
Ante 10,000



Chad Chavez Only Needs a Chip and a Chair

Jonathan_Zaun • Level 22: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Chad Chavez is the Short Stack King
Chad Chavez is the Short Stack King

After sitting on his extremely short stack for much of Day 2's latter stages, climbing the payout ladder slowly but steadily while his fellow players went broke, Chad Chavez returned on Day 3 with only 90,000 chips, good for just 7.5 big blinds.

With another pay jump of over $6,000 looming if he can fade two more eliminations, Chavez just increased his odds with a double through Barry Greenstein.

First to act under the gun, Chavez shipped his last 68,000 with {A-Spades}{8-Hearts}, and the grizzled tournament veteran called him down with {K-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}. Although he was in the lead, Chavez would need to dodge paint cards to avoid an early exit.

Flop: {8-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{7-Spades}

The first three cards hit Chavez square in the face, and with trip eights he was poised to double through one of poker's all-time greats. The {3-Diamonds} on the turn sealed the deal, and the {A-Clubs} on the river seemed to fall only as an ode to Greenstein's famous tome of poker knowledge.

We will let you know if Chavez makes it to the 12th Place pay jump, as he continues to ride his short stack to taller stacks of cash.

Barry Greenstein us
Barry Greenstein
us 275,000 -92,000
Chad Chavez
Chad Chavez
158,000 68,000

Yi Wang Bangs a Double With Just Ace-High

Jonathan_Zaun • Level 22: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

Holding the button, Brian Ray opened for 32,000, and called Yi Wang's all-in shove of 172,000. Ray's {K-Hearts}{8-Spades} was hoping to hit against Wang's {A-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}, but neither player connected on the {q-Spades}{6-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{2-Spades} board, and Wang's ace-high hand secured a much needed double early in Day 3 competition.

Brian Ray us
Brian Ray
us 580,000 -138,000
Yi Wang cn
Yi Wang
cn 376,000 184,000

Joseph Michael Eliminated in 15th Place ($23,700)

Jonathan_Zaun • Level 22: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Joseph Michael - 15th Place
Joseph Michael - 15th Place

The action folded around to David "Bakes" Baker on the button, and he raised the action to 35,000. In the small blind, Joseph Michael decided to resteal and shipped his last 275,000 or so chips into the middle.

Unfortunately for Michael, Joseph Ward woke up with {A-Diamonds}{A-Clubs} in the big blind, and he called instantly to put Michael at risk. Baker got out of the way, and Michael was disgusted at the turn of events, revealing a decent hand in {K-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}, but one which was crushed nonetheless by Wards pocket rockets.

The board rolled out {4-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{10-Spades} and Michael didn't hit a piece, sending him home as our first elimination of the day. He will pocket over $23,000 for his run, however, so his summer is off to a good start.

Joe Ward
Joe Ward
965,000 296,000
Joseph Michael us
Joseph Michael
us Busted

Day 3 of Event #17, $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em, Set for Star Studded Final Table

David Baker Has Plenty to Smile About After Dominating Yet Another 2013 WSOP Event
David Baker Has Plenty to Smile About After Dominating Yet Another 2013 WSOP Event

After two full days of play here at the Rio, another $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event will conclude today, and the enormous field of 2,105 runners has been whittled to our last two tables. Day 1 felted nearly 1,800 players in a bloodbath of bustouts, and yesterday's Day 2 was the end of the line for experienced pros like James Dempsey (150th), Jake Cody (126th), Vanessa Selbst (60th), Matt Jarvis (37th), Jacob Balsiger, (31st), Joe Kuether (26th), and Amnon Filippi (18th).

Two days ago hundreds of amateurs lined up for their chance to compete with poker professionals, and while many of the lower buy-in events at the World Series of Poker are captured by recreational players, today's run to the final table will be dominated by some of the most recognizable names.

The chip leader entering play today is none other than David "Bakes" Baker (1,384,000), who is experiencing the run of his life here at the 2013 edition of the WSOP. The online legend has successfully translated his skills from the virtual felt to the live tournament floor, and with two final tables to his credit already this summer (Event # 9, $5K Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo & Event 13, $3K No Limit-Hold'em), he is looking to make a serious run at WSOP Player of the Year with yet another run at his third gold bracelet.

Joining Bakes will be Barry Greenstein (367,000), one of poker's sages and a truly respected figure in the poker world, along with 2009 Main Event Champion Joe Cada (540,000), who is looking to validate that tremendous accomplishment with a second bracelet win here today.

The only other million dollar men threatening Baker's chip leadership status are Athanasios Polychronopoulos (1,135,000) and Samuel Taylor (1,216,000), and with both starting today's action at the same table, there is a chance for fireworks before the final table is decided.

The table draw entering Day 3 competition can be found below, so keep it here with PokerNews throughout the day as we bring you continuous live coverage of today's thrilling run to crown the next WSOP champion.

4461Thomas Nicotera398,000
4462Samuel Taylor1,216,000
4463Manuel Mutke619,000
4464Paul Francoi Tedeschi850,000
4465Athanasios Polychronopoulos1,135,000
4466Brian Ray778,000
4467Yi Wang192,000
4469Everett Carlton663,000
4471Joe Cada540,000
4472Michael Kurth402,000
4475Barry Greenstein367,000
4476Chad Chavez90,000
4477David "Bakes" Baker1,384,000
4478Joseph Michael278,000
4479Joseph Ward669,000

Tags: Amnon FilippiAthanasios PolychronopoulosBarry GreensteinDavid "Bakes" BakerJoe Cada

Event #17: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
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