Bubble, burst. Late on Day 3, action went hand-for-hand as they determined the person who would walk away with zilch. Yeah whomever bubbled would get zero bucks while the rest of the field would get at least a min-cash. For many amateurs, dreamers and poker fans... a min-cash is quite an achievement. For pros... it's just another day at the office and a rare opportunity to pick up orphaned pots and free chips... as the play tightened up.
Alas, the bubble burst when Roger Campbell took on the gender-specific moniker Bubble Boy. Campbell busted out with the entire world hovering over his table. One of these days, I would love to see someone totally lose their shit and flip a table over. I'm sure it would get a perma-ban from the WSOP and get removed from Seth palansky's Christmas card mailing list, but whomever pulled off that dickhead act would forever become a legend of poker lore.
When Day 3 ended, American Pat Lavecchia was the big stack with 1.55M. Right behind him was Poland's Pawel Brezski with 1.54M. French pro and former November Niner Antoine Sauot finished third overall with 1.53M. Yes, the top three spots were so very close to each other.
A couple of former Main Event champs are still alive... Scotty Nguyen, Joe Cada and Carlos Mortensen. Alas, Mortensen is short stacked and needs a miracle to survived Day 4.
A couple of ex-champs busted on Day 3 and failed to make the money including... Johnny Fucking Chan, Greg Raymer, Joe Hachem, and Tom McEvoy.
Notables who busted on Day 3 included... Mike Matusow, Adrien Mateos, Jason Mercier, Brian Rast, Sam Greenwood, Kitty Kuo, Fatima Moreira de Melo, Richard Seymour, Mike Noori, Jon Little, Erik Seidel, Fabrice Soulier, Happy Shulman, E-Fro, Kristen Bicknell, Phil Galfond, James Obst, JP Kelly, Bryce Yockey, Paul Wasicka, Joe Serock, Juha Helpi, Sam Grafton, Harrison Gimbel, Kenny Tran, Grant Hinkle, Don O'Dea, Marc Convey, Billy Baxter, Pierre Neuville, Joe Cheong, Pratyush Buddiga, Max Lykov, James Akenhead, Cary Katz, and Eddy Sabat.
On the upside, plenty of familiar faces locked up a min-cash and will return to fight on Day 4. Among those who survived the cut included.... Kenny Halleart, Davidi Kitai, Kevin Noblat, Jesse Martin, Ryan D'Angelo, Ryan Hughes, Greg FBT Mueller, Sofia Lovgren, Matthias De Meulder, Matt Moss, Grayson Rampage, Nick Maimone, Dominik Nitsche, Eoghan O'Dea, Ivan Emanuely, Ian Johns, Tony Gregg, Valentin Messina, Steve Bullirakis, Aaron Been, Tim Adams, Alex Queen, Thi Nguyen, Jared Hamby, Alexandre Reard, Marvin Rettenmaier, Nick Petrangelo, Benjamin Pollack, ZoKarim, Remi Castaignon, Laurent Patroni, David the Dragon Pham, Allan Le, Matt Glantz, Liv Boeree, Chris Savage, Igor Zektser, Felipe Ramos, Joe Wertz, Tom Middleton, Gavin Smith, Peter Eichhardt, Mark Dietz, Eric Blair, Nocolas Cardyn, Andre Akkari, Minh Ly, Jeff Lisandro, Melanie Weisner, Julien Ehrhardt, Sung Joo Hyun, Nam Le, Max Pescatori, Randy Lew, Scotty Nguyen, Brian Haveson, Nick Shulman, Barny Boatman, Mike Gorodinsky, Romain Arki, Lee Watkinson, Vitaly Lunkin, Garry Gates, Chip Jett, Faraz Jaka, Scott Seiver, Cate Hall, JJ Lui, Bernrado, Ronan Monfort, Dutch Boyd, Perry Friedman, Justin Pechie, Kevin Williams, Kathy Liebert, Thiago Nishijima, Zheng Yu, Serge Chechin, Natasha Mercier, Victor Choupeaux, Benhamine Ane, Elio Fox, Marc Rivera, Chris Vitch, Tex Barch, Diego Sanchez, Tony Cosineau, Taylor Pau, James Dempsey, Joe Cada, Carlos Mortensen, Chino Rheem, and Danielle Anderson.
Among the shortest stacks still remaining... Barry Greenstein, Carlos Mortensen, Benjamin Chalot, Ori Hasson, Jason Ramos, Phil Hui, Yorane Kerignard, and Jameson Painter.
Action resumes on Friday at noon. You can watch a subscription stream via PokerGo. Also, ESPN will be providing a couple hours of live coverage. Check local listings.
2017 WSOP - Event #73 $10,000 NL MAIN EVENT CHAMPIONSHIP
Prize Pool: $67,877,400
WSOP Main Event - Top 10 Chips:
1. Patrick Lavecchia 1,552,000
2. Pawel Brzeski 1,546,000
3. Antoine Saout 1,529,000
4. Jeremiah Fitzpatrick 1,523,000
5. Derek Bowers 1,376,000
6. Mickey Craft 1,345,000
7. Edward Nassif 1,345,000
8. Scott Blumstein 1,340,000
9. Artan Dedusha 1,288,000
10. Greg Dyer 1,276,000