Claudio Rinaldi, one of the short stacks coming into Day 3, got his chips in the middle preflop and was squaring off against Cameron New.
It was a bad spot for Rinaldi as he shared an ace with his opponent, but with an inferior kicker. The flop hit New and essentially sealed Rinaldi's fate. The turn gave Rinaldi a gut-shot straight draw to a queen, but the river was not it. Rinaldi was eliminated from the tournament in 21st place, worth a $9,223 payday.
Well, the first elimination of the day came just minutes into Level 19. It happened when Jens Hansen got his short-stack all in preflop holding and was up against the of Shawn Hattem. Hansen was already standing when we made our way to the table, no doubt in reaction to the flop.
Hattem had flopped a set to put Hansen in a bad way. The turn left Hansen drawing dead, but just as well the was put out on the river for good measure. Hansen was eliminated in 22nd place and will take home $9,223 for his efforts.
Day 3 of the $2,500 PLH/PLO event is underway. The cards are in the air and the march to a winner begins. The plan for the day is to either play down to a winner or 10 levels, whichever may come first.
Do you like pot-limit Omaha? How about pot-limit Texas hold’em? If you answered yes to both, then ,boy, do we have the event for you. Day 3 of Event #39 $2,500 PLH/PLO will begin with the final 22 players of a 606-player field, each looking to make the final table and play their way to a WSOP gold bracelet.
Leading the way is David Lestock, who bagged up 452,000 last night. Hot on his heels are Kyle Zartman and Cameron New, who bagged 450,000 and 448,000 respectively. They will be joined by a number of notables who’ve more than proved their talents at this year’s WSOP, including Omaha beast Scott Clements, former bracelet winner Rami Boukai; consummate grinder David “ODB” Baker; the always-entertaining Carter Gill; and the 2005 WSOP Main Event Champion, Joe Hachem.
Action is set to kickoff at 3:00 PM PST, which is just over a half an hour from now. The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be at the Rio all day long to bring you all the action and eliminations as we look to crown the latest WSOP Champion.