Day 3 of the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event started with 2,044 of the original 6,494. The field was the third largest in WSOP Main Event history.
At the dinner break James Akenhead led with 625,000 followed by a fluctuating group that included Owen Crowe, Ludovic Lacay, Kyle Wilson and Gabe Walls.
Only 1,134 players remain and for the first time in the Main Event all players are in the Amazon Room.
It was another good day for Jeff Lisandro. WSOP Media Dirctor Nolan Dalla made the announcement to a packed Amazon Room that Lisandro has been named the 2009 WSOP Player of the Year.
Seven former Main Event champions are still in the field with Peter Eastgate defending his title after being short stacked on Day 2. Eastgate has managed to climb back to 201,00 in chips. Bobby Baldwin, Phil Hellmuth, Dan Harrington, Chris Ferguson and Joe Hachem are also making a run at title number two.
Though not Main Event champions themselves, there are two players in the field looking to make a Main Event win a family affair. Tony Hachem, brother Joe Hachem and Pamela Brunson, daughter of Doyle Brunson are also battling for the most coveted bracelet of the year.
There are few celebrities still doting the field as well. Jason Alexander, Scott Ian and Lou Diamond Phillips were able to make it through Days 1 and 2.
As players made their way to the rail and tables were consolidated a couple of tough tables emerged. Hellmuth joined a table with Josh Arieh, Chris Bjorin and Alexander Kostritsyn. Phil Ivey, Bertrand Grospellier, John Monnette and Thor Hansen made up another table.
Day 3 eliminations include Jean-Robert Bellande, Greg Raymer, Carlos Mortensen, Roland De Wolfe, Eric "Rizen" Lynch and Bryan Micon.