After another long day on the grind, Day 3 of the Event #8: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em has come to an end here at the 2011 World Series of Poker.
The day started with only fifty-nine players surviving from the original 4,178, and the spotlight was placed squarely on Jonathan Duhamel who was looking at creating history of becoming the first player since the poker boom to potentially win a gold bracelet the year after winning the Main Event.
Unfortunately for the reigning World Champion, his day would end early as play ran at a tempo more accustomed to a Tiesto concert. Duhamel (54th), Young Phan (52nd), Eric Mizrachi (50th), Ana Marquez (32nd), Albert Kim (31st), David Peters (29th) and Jordan “Jymaster11” Young (19th) all fell over the first five hours of play as a final eighteen were formed sooner than expected. Jon “PearlJammer” Turner remained on top in a bid to make his fifth WSOP final table as the unofficial final table of ten was reached just three hours later.
Sadan Turker held the slight chip lead, and after the action waved to-and-fro, Jonathan Driscoll would be the final table bubble boy when was dusted off by pocket nines when a nine spiked on the turn following an ace on the flop.
With the final nine being guaranteed nearly $50,000 in prizemoney, it would be the $611,185 first prize and coveted gold bracelet that would be at the top of everyone’s goals, but Odette Tremblay, Daniel Haglund and Hunter Frey all exited to the rail. The final six however would hit an issue of marked cards as every (plus some others) shown a manufacturing fault under the bright lights of the Thunder-Dome. Consequently the final table was moved to a standard table in the Amazon Room, and although there was some commotion regarding play conditions, the final six pushed on with Turner and Turker sharing the lead.
The final few levels would be kicked off with the elimination of Lawrence Riley before chips were passed between each player for what seemed like hours before Stefan Raffey and Max Weinberg were eliminated within a few hands of each as the clock closed on the days play. With just three players remaining, here is how they will face-off tomorrow.
Sadan Turker is the over-whelming chip leader with two-thirds of the chips in play, but with the talented Sean Getzwiller and Jon Turner still in contention, this tournament is nowhere near over!
The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be back at the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino from 4:00 pm PDT to provide all the continued live action from the final table as we play down until an Event #8 Champion is crowned!