Thursday, November 04, 2021 to Thursday, November 04, 2021
The 2021 World Series of Poker $10,000 Main Event has concluded Day 3 by bursting the money bubble, sending all 1,000 survivors home with a guaranteed min-cash of $15,000. No portion of the $62,011,250 prize pool has been awarded yet in the pinnacle live poker event of the year at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, as all survivors bagged and tagged their chips for the night.
Jessica Cai claimed the Day 3 chip lead with a stack of 1,796,000 with Natural8 ambassador Phachara Wongwichit (1,773,000) hot on her heels. Several other contestants bagged up more than 1.5 million in chips such as Joshua Paige Remitio (1,671,000), Ehsan Amiri (1,574,000), Stephen Song (1,557,000), Neel Choksi (1,552,000), and Andreas Kniep (1,509,000).
The early spotlight on Day 3 belonged to the 2003 WSOP Main Event champion Chris Moneymaker, who was among the first players to run up a seven-figure stack. Moneymaker spent the last levels of the night on the feature table and advanced with one of the biggest stacks in the room as he bagged up 1,432,000. Among the victims of his early hot run was also Robert Kuhn, who ran into pocket aces. Fellow Main Event champions Qui Nguyen (659,000) and Martin Jacobson (142,000) survived the day as well.
Cai was spotted mid-way through the day with a big stack and she continued to rake in big pots to become a contender for the overnight lead. She knocked out several opponents, one of which ran with an overpair into her flopped full house, and she eventually claimed the top spot once the money bubble had burst. Dragana Lim chipped up throughout the day and bagged up a top ten stack as well after claiming 1,539,000 to her name. Other female contenders to advance with above average stacks were JJ Liu (765,000), Laura Desantis (686,000), Mimi Luu (682,000), and Kitty Kuo (528,000) while at least two dozen more will return for the money stages.
Notables with big stacks outside of the top 10 include Chris Dowling, Gianluca Speranza, Day 2abd chip leader Rameez Shahid, Stephen Chidwick, Dillon Ott, Toby Lewis, Aristeidis Moschonas, Nick Petrangelo, Chance Kornuth and Tim Reilly.
Less fortunate were familiar names such as Anthony Zinno, Justin Bonomo, Ben Lamb, Ole Schemion, Greg Mueller, Faraz Jaka, Andy Black, Niall Farrell, the 2007 WSOP Main Event champion Jerry Yang, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Pat Lyons, Joseph Hebert, and Chris Hunichen to name all but a few.
During hand-for-hand play which commenced with 1,005 hopefuls remaining, eight hands were completed to whittle down the field to the 1,000 survivors. The bubble burst in painful fashion when Kevin Campbell saw his aces cracked by the ace-nine of Chris Alafogiannis, triggering cheers from all corners of the Amazon room. While Campbell missed out on the $15,000 payday, he was given a seat for the 2022 WSOP Main Event as consolation prize.
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All players that bagged and tagged their chips will return at noon local time and play one hour and 50 minutes of level 16 along with another four levels of two hours each. The blinds will resume at 4,000 / 8,000 with a big blind ante of 8,000 and the field will be reduced significantly en route to determine the new World Champion in the days to come. Stay tuned for more exclusive updates from the live poker event of the year as the PokerNews live reporting team will be on the floor from start to finish.
As the money bubble has burst, the remaining 1,000 players are now bagging and tagging their chips. Assorted counts and a recap of today's action are to follow.
Chris Alafogiannis raised to 16,000 and Kevin Campbell shoved his last 93,000 into the middle. Alafogiannis called.
After waiting for another all-in player to double up, the players turned their cards over.
The flop ran out and the nine sent a wave of electricity through the large crowd that had gathered around the table.
The turn was and another wave of energy went through the crowd as Alafogiannis picked up a flush draw.
The river was and a large roar ripped through the crowd for the three nines of Alafogiannis. Campbell's aces were cracked and he was eliminated on the stone bubble.
"It's all good. What are you gonna do?" Campbell said as WSOP Vice President Jack Effel offered his condolences and an opportunity to return for the 2022 Main Event.
Guys… holy shit… the money bubble just burst in the wsop main event in the grossest fashion at my table. On a side… https://t.co/W9lOhgKcgD— Paul Mattioda (@PaulShadyoda)
Guys… holy shit… the money bubble just burst in the wsop main event in the grossest fashion at my table. On a side… https://t.co/W9lOhgKcgD
Craig Schauer raised to 18,000 from the small blind and Matthew Hunt three-bet to 75,000 from the big blind. Schauer contemplated for a bit and then opted to make the call.
Schauer checked blind before the flop came down with the . Hunt bet 45,000 for Schauer to raise to 120,000 which Hunt called.
The turn was the and Schauer checked again. This time, Hunt shoved for Schauer to snap-call for the 272,000 he had behind.
Hunt accidentally revealed his cards but flipped them over again. They waited a while for all the action on the other tables to finish while Hunt was visibly regretting all the decisions he made leading up to this moment.
"Am I drawing dead?" Hunt asked Schauer.
"If I saw your cards right, yes." Schauer replied.
Dreading the moment of the reveal, it did come in the end.
Hunt had flopped bottom pair while Schauer had hit a set for Hunt to be left drawing dead indeed to burst the bubble on this table.
The river completed the board with the to seal the deal and for Schauer to double on the bubble.
Pavel Plesuv opened to 20,000 in early position and was called by Sergio Fernandez in the hijack along with the cutoff. The flop came and Plesuv checked to Fernandez who bet 22,000. The cutoff raised to 62,000 which got Plesuv to fold but Fernandez called.
The turn brought the , putting three clubs on the board. Fernandez led out with a bet of 65,000 which put his opponent into the tank for a bit. After a little over a minute, his opponent decided to fold and Fernandez chipped up even more.
On a board of and about 100,000 in the pot, Randy Ohel had jammed on the button to put Sebastian Gahl at risk of being the bubble boy if he were to call off his 140,000 remaining stack.
Gahl tanked and a crowd formed before he even made a decision. Eventually, he called for his tournament life. Once the cameras and Jack Effel arrived at the spectacle, the hands were revealed.
Gahl was ahead with top pair and a flush draw, but still had outs to fade. The dealer burned and turned, and put down the , which cause many in the crowd to erupt, possibly thinking the bubble had burst as Ohel made a set. Instead, Gahl made a flush to stay alive and upon that realization, the room once again erupted into a sea of boos and another hand was to be played on the bubble.
On the river of a board , Robin Guillaumot was at risk out of the big blind for the last 156,000. By then, there were some 130,000 in the middle and Stephen Song had called the shove. While all other hands were completed, Song already joked "he will double". Once the camera crew and dozens of players gathered around the table, the cards were revealed.
Song had the for the nut flush but Guillaumot doubled with for quads.
Andrew Flaherty was all-in for 8,000 from under the gun and Ryan Gittleson called from the big blind for just 2,000 more.
Flaherty needed help and the flop of didn't help him much, but the on the turn gave him straight and flush outs. Unfortunately for him, the river bricked out with the and Flaherty was eliminated one spot away from the money.
The player from the cutoff raised and Jared Jaffee three-bet jammed his last 106,000 in from the button. Rob Cowen four-bet shoved for more from the big blind for the initial raiser to get out of the way.
Once it was their turn to reveal their hole cards, Cowen flipped them over quickly but Jaffee waited until Jack Effel told him to do so.
The flop came to not help Jaffee.
The turn was the for Jaffee to add some extra outs as he could counterfeit the two pair of Cowen but the river completed the board with the instead to send Jaffee away without a Main Event cash as there are now 1,001 players left in the field.
According to players at the table, Andrew Yakubovich was in the small blind and check-called a bet by Mojahed Abuhadba in the big blind on the flop.
The turn saw a bet by Yakubovich, a raise by Abuhadba, and a call.
The completed the board and after Yakubovich checked, Abuhadba jammed, and Yakubovich called.
After waiting for Jack Effel and the television cameras to arrive, the players revealed their hands.
Yakubovich made trips on the river and that sent Abuhadba to the rail just before the money.
With 100,000 in the pot and on the board, Philip Chun was all-in for his last 195,000 against Ehsan Amiri.
Once the remaining hands around the room were complete, WSOP Vice President Jack Effel made his way over to the corner of the Orange section in the Amazon room to call out the action.
The river was a brick for Chun and the crowd cheered as the elimination brought the money bubble one step closer to bursting.
A completed board of was spread across the table and Steve Foutty had the all-in button in front of him. Foutty was all in for 218,000 with around 100,000 in the middle. His opponent called and the cards were kept face down until all other hands were finished.
Once it was time to turn the cards over, Foutty showed for a pair of aces while his opponent held for a pair of nines. Foutty was able to score the double up and survive the money bubble.
On the river of a board , Christoph Vogelsang checked out of the small blind. Arkadi Onikoul in the cutoff bet 78,000 and that sent Vogelsang into the tank. More than three minutes passed and he then tossed in a single chip for the call.
Onikoul tabled the for the straight and Vogelsang mucked.
Tim Burt was all in and at risk against Robert Mitchell as a crowd of cameras and players swarmed his table.
Jack Effel himself announced the hand to the room as the board came , to the disappointment of the room. A chorus of boos echoed in the gold section at the news of the double. Five more players need to bust to make the money.
"I've cashed the main four out of six times," said Burt. "I'm playing to win."
Picking up the action on the turn with the board reading , JJ Liu led out with a bet of 32,000. Her opponent pushed out a stack of chips which turned out to be a raise to 115,000.
Liu went into the tank for a minute, counting out her chips, and eventually slid out a raise to over 600,000. Her opponent had around 255,000 chips behind and had to let his hand go.
Selahaddin Bedir raised and earned two callers. The big blind then moved all-in with the superior stack and Bedir called.
The board delivered a set for Bedir and he doubled for 410,000. In the table chat, Bedir admitted not to care about the min-cash of $15,000 but he now holds an above-average stack to go much further than just the first payout step.
With 1,005 players remaining in the tournament, the announcement has been made for all dealers to stop at the end of this hand and await instructions.
The tournament will be played hand-for-hand until the money bubble bursts.
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