Friday July 15, 2016 at 3:18 pm
Breaking News

The action at the 2016 WSOP Main Event went so fast that the money bubble burst late on Day 3 instead of on Day 4 as initially projected by organizers. And once the bubble popped, a flurry of eliminations ensued. At the end of Day 3, Kenny Hallaert from Belgium bagged up the most chips. Antonio Esfandiari is in the top 10 in chips. The defending champion Joe McKeehen busted mid-way Day 3 before the money bubble. We will definitely have a new champion this year.

That went quick. The 2016 WSOP Main Event field was liquidated from 2,186 to 800 players on Day 3. Talk about moving day, eh? The money bubble is one of the most exciting moments in any tournament, and the WSOP Main Event Bubble might be one of the craziest moments in all of sports. The tension. The drama. The excitement. The anxiety. It's all there and then some.

Once the bubble burst before Midnight, the (min-cash) floodgates burst open and over 200 players hit the rail. When the dust settled, only 800 players made the cut for Day 4. At the end of Day 3, Belgium's Kenny Hallaert sat in the top spot with 1.7M. Antonio Esfandiari finished in the top 10.

2015 WSOP Main Event Champion Joe McKeehen was alive at the start of Day 3, however, McKeehen failed to advance to Day 4. He also missed making the money.

Former champ Greg Raymer is still alive as action heads into Day 4. Other former champs still left in the hunt: Johnny Fucking Chan, Tom McEvoy, and Ryan Reiss.

Event #68 $10,000 Main Event Championship – Day 4

WSOP Ladies French Gaelle
French ladies going deep in the WSOP Main Event... Aurelie Quelain and Gaelle Baumann (Pic by Winamax)

The so-called experts expected the money bubble to pop early on Day 4, so it was sort of a minor surprise that the bubble burst late on Day 3. Yeah, Day 3! And as it happens with the Main Event bubble…once it pops, then the action picks up at an expedited pace. Hence, why there's only 800 souls remaining and still vying for the top prize of $8M.

Adam Furgatch became the proverbial “Bubble Boy” or the PC-version “Bubble Person.” Adam Furgatch busted in 1,012th place and missed the money by one spot. Alas, the folks at the WSOP gave Adam Furgatch a freeroll into next year's Main Event. I feel bad for the sucker who busted in 1,013th place.

A min-cash at the 2016 WSOP Main Event was worth $15,000. Jayakrishnan Nair was Mr. Min-Cash after becoming the first player to bust in 1,011th place after the bubble burst.

A total of four Main Event champs are still alive… Greg Raymer, Johnny Fucking Chan, Tom McEvoy, and Ryan Reiss.

Other notables still alive and in the hunt include… Valentin Vornicu, Steve O'Dwyer, Ray Dehkharghani, Tom Marchese, Lucky Chewy, Antonie Saout, Ivan Luca, Mike Gorodinsky, Jason Somerville, Shaun Deeb, Melanie Weisner, Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Kilian Kramer, Jon Turner, Brandon Adams, Dietrich Fast, Tom Middleton, Jimmy Fricke, Dan Heimiller, Gaelle Baumann, Sorel Mizzi, James Obst, Maria Ho, Jennifer Shahade, Boo Honsson, Eoghan O'Dea, Jyri Merivirta, Pierre Merlin, Ami Barer, Lorenzo Lavis, Jeremie Sarda, Sebastien Comel, Liv Boeree, Barry Shulman, Paul Volpe, Steve Billirakis, Maxime Chillaud, Michael Gathy, Dan Colman, Thayer Rasmussen, Martial Blangenwitsch, Johnnie Walker, Cliff Josephy, Todd Brunson, Jimmy Guerrero, Denis Ethier, Alexander Kostritsyn, Nicolas Cardyn, David The Dragon Pham, Jason Strasser, Kenny Tran, Dick Trickle, Prahlad Friedman, Matt Matros, Benjo Ane, Victor Saumont, Tim Marlin, Vinny Pahuja, Aurelie Quelain, John Strzemp, Ronan Monfort, Max Greenwood, and Gael Onillon.

Notables who cashed on Day 3, but were eliminated before the night ended… Scott Clements, Jake Schindler, Noah Schwartz, Alex Kravchenko, Shannon Shorr, Kitty Kuo, Wil Wilkinson, Donnacha O'Dea, Martin Kozlov, Kristen Bicknell, Eli Elezra, McLean Karr.

Notables who busted on Day 3 but missed the money included… Phil Hellmuth, The Grinder, ELKY, Vanessa Selbst, David Chiu, Tony Dunst, Adrian Mateos, David Williams, David Benyamine, Vanessa Selbst, Matt Salsberg, Ray Romano, Scott Seiver, and Ted Forrest.

2016 WSOP – Event #68 Main Event Championship

Entrants: 6,773

Prize Pool: $63,327,800

Payouts: 1,011


WSOP Main Event - Final Table Payouts:

1. $8,000,000

2. $4,658,452

3. $3,451,175

4. 2,574,808

5. $1,934,579

6. $1,463,906

7. $1,250,000

8. $1,100,000

9. $1,000,000


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