Brett Bader leads the final 22 players into Day 3 of the World Series of Poker Circuit Rio at Las Vegas Main Event. With 887 entries, the player pool generated a prize pool of $1,330,500, surpassing the $1,000,000 guarantee. In addition to the $259,463 first place prize money, the champion earns a berth in the WSOP Global Casino Championship, and of course, a Circuit gold ring.

Day 2 started with 155 players returning to play, after 10 hour-long levels, Brett Bader bagged up the chip lead of 2,300,000. Drazen Ilich (1,750,000) and Mark Kaganovsky (1,560,000) round out the top three. 

Arkadiy Tsinis (pictured) who is coming into Day 3 fourth place in chips with 955,000 is looking to score his fourth gold ring of the season, making that five total. Joe Kuether (555,000) is also looking for his fourth ring.  

The Day 2 field was littered with bracelet and ring winners, some who fell short of their quest for addition hardware are three-time bracelet winner Eli Elezra, two-time bracelet winner Loni Harwood, Jared Jaffee, and Ryan Laplante.

Other notables that failed to make it to the elusive Day 3 include Craig Varnell, Ravi Raghavan, Nick Pupillo, Sorel Mizzi, TK Miles, DJ Alexander, Mike Dentale, Dan DiZenzo, and Farid Jattin. 

Robert Hankins was looking for his record tying 10th ring but unfortunately will have to try again at another WSOPC event as he was eliminated in 31st place ($5,987).

The remaining 22 players will battle it out to a winner when play resumes Tuesday, February 27th at 2:00 PM with increased blinds of 15,000/30,000 with a 5,000 ante. 

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