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Hellmuth Center of Attention Again - WSOP News

5 July 2011, By: Pokerjunkie.com
Josh Arieh has the lead in the $50k Players Championship but Phil Hellmuth grabbed the spotlight yet again on Day 35 of the 2011 WSOP.
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Josh Arieh has the lead in the $50k Players Championship but Phil Hellmuth grabbed the spotlight yet again on Day 35 of the 2011 WSOP.

Hellmuth finished the day 5th in chips in the $50k and is once again in position to make a run for his 12th career bracelet.

Arieh Leads but Hellmuth 5th in $50k Players Championship

Day 3 of the $50,000 Poker Players Championship started with 74 players looking to build stacks and go deep for the title.

Gus Hansen was the chip leader for much of the day as he soared to over $1 million in chips, but much like his online game Gus' swings are huge and he failed to finish in the chip lead.

He does still have 774,000, which is above average going into Day 4.

Day 3 is also known as moving day and the rate of bustouts was higher than expected for this field size.

The field shrunk from 74 players down to just 29 to finish the day, meaning play will almost assuredly reach the final table late tomorrow.

Phil Hellmuth normally isn't well covered in an event like this. This didn't seem to bother the 11-time bracelet winner as he proceeded to chip up throughout the day and seemed to go on a decent rush at the end to finish with 1.17 million in chips.

He will return on Tuesday fifth in chips and looking to make both his first cash in this event and his first final table in a $50k event.

Josh Arieh is the current chip leader. He will take a stack of 1.8 million into play on Tuesday.

George Lind, Vladimir Shchemelev, Scott Seiver, Jon Turner and Shaun Deeb all finished in the top 10.

Raymer, Madsen Cash as $1k No-Limit Hold'em Down to 45

A field of 638 runners returned on Monday looking to cash in the last $1,000 No-Limit Texas Hold'em Event of the year.

The money bubble fell in just over a level-and-a-half of play and the remaining 468 players received a payday.

Greg Raymer, Jeff Madsen, and Shane Schleger were among the big names to finish in the money.

At the end of the day, Anibal Andres was the chip leader with 799,000. Just 45 players are left and will return Tuesday to play to the bracelet.

Due to the July 4th holiday, no new events kicked off on Monday.

The final two preliminary events will get underway on Tuesday and the 2011 WSOP Main Event kicks off on Thursday.

For more coverage from the WSOP, check our WSOP blogs from PokerJunkie blogger compncards.

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