Day 3 completed
Day 3 completed
When the third day of Event #30: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha began there was a plan of playing down until a new champion was crowned and given a prestigious World Series of Poker bracelet. But the 540 player increase from last years tournament total resulted in a deeper and longer tournament that will require one extra day of play.
The third day started with 58 players and of those players, only six remain. Luis Zedan will be leading the way with his enormous chip lead, that was acquired through playing multiple massive pots. Zedan played with no fear throughout the whole day and never backed down when he thought he had a shot of winning the hand. He will be heading into the final day with a stack of 15,670,000 which is just under half the chips in play.
The day started off with a flurry of eliminations, with the final three table redraw happening before the players even took their second break of the day. Leading at that point was well-known German pro Anton Morgenstern with a substantial amount of chips and he would be just one of many to fall victim to the end of day chip leader Zedan, who took him out with a set of queens versus his straight draw.
Closest behind the chip leader is Thida Lin who was short for almost all of the last two days. Lin ground out her short stack for the better part of the today before finding a couple of key hands, the biggest one being when her aces overtook the aces of Sam Razavi when she improved to a flush on the river. She will start the final day with 6,190,000.
Another notable player to make the final five is Ryan Goindoo who will be starting the day with 2,985,000. Goindoo took 18th place in this exact tournament last year and has already surpassed his previous best, being guaranteed at least a fifth-place finish this year.
Final Five Chip Counts:
|1||Sam Razavi||United Kingdom||1,050,000|
|2||Luis Zedan||United States||15,670,000|
|3||Thida Lin||United States||6,190,000|
|4||Ryan Goindoo||Trinidad and Tobago||2,985,000|
|5||Ryan Robinson||United States||4,675,000|
The third day started with a stacked field of pros, all of which were hoping to acquire a new bracelet by nights end. Some of which failed to make the final day, but did find some money for their efforts and that list includes Christopher Conrad (7th - $31,130), Matthew Maggard (10th - $14,155), Orlando Romero (13th - $11,151), Anton Morgenstern (14th - $11,151), Kevin Gerhart (23rd - $7,182), Martijn Gerrits (24th - $7,182), and bracelet winner David Halpern (34th - $5,874).
The remaining players will be returning to Level 31 at noon with the blinds at 80,000/160,000. There will be a break after every 15-minutes of play and the tournament will now only end when the tournament has crowned a champion. All players are now guaranteed at least $55,845 for their efforts, with the eventual winner taking home $236,673 in cash, as well as a new WSOP gold bracelet.
The PokerNews live reporting team will be bringing all the updates throughout the final day of the event, so stay tuned as all the action unfolds.
Final recap and end of day chip counts will follow shortly.
Luiz Zedan raised to 375,000 from the hijack, Thida Lin called in the cutoff and Gregory Donatelli defended his big blind. The dealer fanned out on the flop and Donatelli checked to Zedan who pushed in 780,000.
Lin called the bet and Donatelli check-shoved for 1,610,000. Zedan potted for more than enough to cover Lin, she hit the tank for a couple of minutes and then folded.
Donatelli turned over for a set of jacks and Zedan tabled , giving him a set of bullets and the best hand.
The board ran out , changing nothing as Zedan pulled in the pot, eliminating Donatelli from the tournament in sixth place for $41,453.
Luis Zedan opened with a raise to 350,000 from the cutoff and Thida Lin three-bet to 1,000,000, Zedan called.
The board of was checked all the down and both players tabled their hands.
Zedan had straight draws that didn't hit and Lin won with her rockets.
Christopher Conrad opened with a raise to 200,000 and Luis Zedan three-bet to 750,000. Action folded back around to Conrad who called.
Conrad jammed the rest of his 550,000 in the middle after a flop and Zedan snap-called.
Zedan was way ahead after flopping a set of sixes and the nut flush draw but the on the turn gave Conrad a straight draw.
The on the river was the card Conrad was looking for as it gave him the straight but it came out in the wrong suit, giving Zedan the flush and Conrad was eliminated in seventh place taking home $31,130 for his efforts.
Thida Lin opened to 225,000 from under the gun and Stanislav Parkhomenko three-bet to 825,000. Lin moved all in and Parkhomenko called for his total stack 1,025,000.
The flop came down and Lin took the lead with her two pair. A on the turn improved her to a full house and Parkhomenko would now need an ace to stay alive.
The river was not that and Parkhomenko was eliminated to Lin's full house.