Bubble Approaching After Day 3 Of WSOP 2014 Main Event

Chip leader Andrew Liporace
The Humphreys

For the first time in the main event the field was all playing simultaneously on Thursday as 1,864 players crammed into the Pavilion, Brasilia and Amazon rooms. With his biggest fans the Humphreys watching over him, Phil Ivey for once didn’t have a huge day and managed to make just a meagre improvement on his start of day stack. Fortunately for him, that starting stack was already so huge that the 552,500 (138 BBs) he ended day 3 on is still more than double the average stack.

One of the biggest impediments to Ivey’s progress on Thursday was tablemate Mehrdad Yousefzadeh who seemed to be claiming all the available chips and became the first player past the one million mark. By the end of the day his 1,124,000 (281 BBs) stack had just been pipped for the chip lead but it was an impressive day’s work nevertheless.

It was Andrew Liporace who just moved ahead of Yousefzadeh at the end of the day and his 1,128,000 puts him in pole position going into day 4. Selected stacks from day 3:

Andrew Liporace    1,128,000

Raul Mestre                988,500

Dan Smith                   817,000

Griffin Benger             792,500

Martin Jacobson        721,500

It was not such a good day though for Daniel Negreanu, Ole Schemion, Erik Seidel and defending champ Ryan Riess, for whom the main event is over for another year. 746 players remained at the end of day 3, meaning that we’re pretty close to the money now. 693 get paid so it’s going to be a tense start to day 4, particularly so for Iveypoker pro Ronnie Bardah. He is on the verge of becoming the first player to cash in five consecutive main events, although his stack is well below average. He has 108,500 (27 BBs) to see him through another 53 eliminations if he is going to claim that record, and we’ll check up on the progress of Bardah and all the rest in tomorrow’s WSOP update.   

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