Friday, July 2, 2010 7:49 PM Local Time
It was a relatively brief Day 3 here at the $25,000 NLHE six-max event. 18 players returned to play down to a final table of six, and within the first level we lost an entire table of players. By the time were down to eight, we'd lost former big stacks Daniel Negreanu, Abe Mosseri, and Isaac Haxton, along with the man who came into the day with a dominating chip lead, Bryn Kenney.
The story of the day, however, was that of the rise of Dan Kelly. Best known as "djk123" online, the 21 year-old came into Day 3 with only 260,000 in chips, making him the shortest stack among the final 18 players. Kelly found an early double-up and just kept on swinging, three-betting and check-raising his way to the 5,895,000 he just bagged up. With just over 14.3 million spread around the table, Kelly controls more than 41% of the chips in play.
The oldest player remaining in this event by more than a decade and a half, Frank Kassela, also made a surge today and is making a serious run at his third bracelet. Kassela is second in chips with 2.6 million and now has a stranglehold on the WSOP Player of the Year race. Guaranteed at least sixth place, Kassela is now 45 points ahead of John Juanda, and a win in this event would make it extremely difficult for anyone to catch him for the title.
Join us again tomorrow at 2:30 pm as we play down to a winner. The action will also be streamed live on ESPN3.
For all of us at PokerNews, thanks for joining us. Good night and good luck from Las Vegas.
Friday, July 2, 2010 7:36 PM Local Time
Action will recommence tomorrow at 2:30 pm. We'll be there from the first flop to the last river.
Seat 1: Frank Kassela - 2,610,000
Seat 2: Jason Somerville - 1,665,000
Seat 3: Dan Kelly - 5,895,000
Seat 4: Eugene Katchalov - 475,000
Seat 5: Shawn Buchanan - 2,110,000
Seat 6: Mikael Thuritz - 1,535,000
Friday, July 2, 2010 7:32 PM Local Time
Shawn Buchanan opened for 130,000 from the cutoff, Sam Trickett moved all-in from the small blind and Buchanan called.
Buchanan flopped a set on the board and sent Trickett to the rail on the final table bubble.
Our six final table players are all bagging and tagging their chips right now. We'll have full, official chip counts in just a moment.
Friday, July 2, 2010 7:25 PM Local Time
Mikael Thuritz opened for 110,000 from the hijack and Dan Kelly made the call from the big blind.
Both players checked the flop, along with the on the turn. The river fell the and Kelly bet 180,000. Thuritz folded and Kelly took it down. He's up to 5.4 million (that's 37% of the chips in play) while Thuritz slipped to 1.57 million.
Friday, July 2, 2010 7:16 PM Local Time
Eugene Katchalov opened for 110,000 from the hijack and Frank Kassela called from the big blind. The flop came down and Kassela led out for 300,000. Katchalov folded and is down to 580,000 in chips while Kassela is up to 2,620,000.
Friday, July 2, 2010 7:14 PM Local Time
Thuritz tried to take down his fourth pot in a row, reraising to 280,000 from the small blind after Dan Kelly opened for 105,000 from the hijack. Kelly moved all-in and Thuritz folded, giving back the nearly 300,000 chips he'd added to his stack.
Friday, July 2, 2010 7:13 PM Local Time
After opening the first two pots and taking them down uncontested, Mikael Thuritz three-bet to 275,000 over Dan Kelly's opening raise and took down his third pot in a row. He's up to 2 million in chips.
Friday, July 2, 2010 7:07 PM Local Time
Our seven remaining players are back in their seats and cards are in the air.
Friday, July 2, 2010 6:51 PM Local Time
In lieu of a dinner hour, our players have chosen instead to take a 20-minute break.
Friday, July 2, 2010 6:50 PM Local Time
Dan Kelly - 5,230,000
Frank Kassela - 2,465,000
Jason Somerville - 1,690,000
Mikael Thuritz - 1,680,000
Shawn Buchanan - 1,655,000
Sam Trickett - 815,000
Eugene Katchalov - 795,000
Friday, July 2, 2010 6:49 PM Local Time
Shawn Buchanan started the action by raising to 95,000 from middle position. Sam Trickett called from the cutoff and Jason Somerville moved all in for 665,000 more from the small blind. Buchanan quickly folded and Trickett tanked momentarily before calling.
The flop gave Trickett four extra outs to a straight and the two traded kicker outs for broadway.
The on the turn changed nothing and neither did the on the river however, doubling Somerville to 1,690,000 chips.
Tricket is now very low with 815,000.
Friday, July 2, 2010 6:44 PM Local Time
Dan Kelly opened for 90,000 and both Shawn Buchanan and Frank Kassela called.
The flop came down . Kassela checked, Kelly bet 145,000 and both opponents folded.
Kelly = 4.85 million
Buchanan = 1.8 million
Kassela = 2.4 million
Friday, July 2, 2010 6:41 PM Local Time
Dan Kelly led off the action with a raise to 90,000. Eugene Katchalov called and Mikael Thuritz moved all-in for 825,000. Kelly folded and Katchalov called.
Thuritz flopped a set on the board and doubled to 1.74 million. Katchalov is on the short stack with 650,000.
Friday, July 2, 2010 6:28 PM Local Time
Sam Trickett raised to 100,000 from under-the-gun and Shawn Buchanan called from the small blind.
The flop came down and Buchanan checked to Trickett, who bet 130,000. Buchanan called and they went to the turn which fell the . Buchanan checked and Trickett checked behind. The river was the and Buchanan made a hefty 700,000 bet. Trickett folded and Buchanan raked in the pot.
Buchanan is up to 1,820,000 while Trickett fell to 1,760,000.
Friday, July 2, 2010 6:17 PM Local Time
Dan Kelly - 4,650,000
Frank Kassela - 2,650,000
Sam Trickett - 2,050,000
Shawn Buchanan - 1,605,000
Jason Somerville - 1,330,000
Eugene Katchalov - 1,300,000
Mikael Thuritz - 910,000
Friday, July 2, 2010 6:14 PM Local Time
Jason Somerville made it 120,000 to go from the small blind and Dan Kelly flat-called from the big blind.
Somerville led out for 175,000 on the flop, Kelly raised to 430,000, and it was enough to move Somerville off his hand.
Friday, July 2, 2010 6:11 PM Local Time
Shawn Buchanan opened for 85,000 from the cutoff and Mikael Thuritz moved all-in for about 780,000. Buchanan folded and Thuritz lived to play another hand.
Thuritz = 950,000
Buchanan - 1,620,000
Friday, July 2, 2010 5:57 PM Local Time
Jason Somerville raised to 90,000 from under-the-gun, Dan Kelly three-bet to 210,000 from his immediate left, and Sam Trickett four-bet to 420,000 from the small blind. Both Somerville and Kelly folded and Trickett took down the pot. He's up to 1.9 million.
Friday, July 2, 2010 5:50 PM Local Time
Jason Somerville opened for 80,000 from the button and Dan Kelly three-bet to 210,000 from the small blind. Somerville wasn't having any of that and four-bet shoved, inducing a fold from Kelly.
Somerville = 1.78 million
Kelly = 4.46 million (at the moment, that's 31% of the chips in play)
Friday, July 2, 2010 5:48 PM Local Time
Shawn Buchanan opened for 75,000 from middle position and got two callers-- Frank Kassela on the button and Dan Kelly in the big blind.
Kelly checked the flop over to Buchanan, who bet 105,000. Kassela raised to 400,000 and it was enough to get folds from both players.
Buchanan slipped to 1.55 million while Kassela is up to 2.54 million.