2011 WSOP Main Event Day 3: Deeb Suffers, Hellmuth Survives, Poirier Leads
Patrick Poirier and Daryl Jace became the first players to move over 1 million in chips and they are the surprising chip leaders after Day 3 of the 2011 WSOP Main Event.
Meanwhile, Shaun Deeb suffered one of the worst beats of the series so far and Phil Hellmuth remains in the hunt for his 12th bracelet.
Phil Hellmuth Survives Day 3 to Continue Run for 12th Bracelet
Phil Hellmuth started the day with around 65k in chips and saw a lot of variance in his stack.
After building up to around 110k, he chose a poor time to bluff and got knocked down to about 50k.
He gained back a bit of his confidence after laying down pocket jacks to another player's pocket queens and from that point, he went on another run to move up to 134,000.
Hellmuth tried to control his table the rest of the day, but his attempts to do so just resulted in continual shrinkage of his stack.
By the time the final cards were dealt on Day 3, Hellmuth had just 77k in his stack.
He will need a bit of help on Day 4 just to make the money and then make a deep run in this event.
But he is alive.
Shaun Deeb Suffers Massive Suckout To End Main Event Run
Shaun Deeb was one player many poker fans were watching going into Day 3 play.
He sat in the top 50 in chips and looked to make a run to both the money and maybe the final table.
That all changed once he moved to the featured table.
He got tangled in a raising war pre-flop with Max Heinzelmann that resulted in Heinzelmann six-bet shoving with As-6d.
Deeb made the call with pocket aces and looked to move up to close to 500k in chips.
The flop fell Ks-10h-6h to give Heinzelmann some hope. The turn brought the chance of a chop as the Qh hit.
Deeb then found out how cruel this game can be when the river hit the 6c to knock his stack down to around 20k.
He was shortly thereafter eliminated by Sami Kelopuro.
Poirier, Jace Emerge as New Chip Leaders
Patrick Poirier and Daryl Jace are the chip leaders going into Day 4.
Poirier moved into the chip lead early on when he was the first to move over the 1 million mark.
He moved into the chip lead after winning a huge flip with As-Kc against pocket jacks.
From that point, he chipped up to 1.32 million to finish the day with the chip lead.
Daryl Jace is right behind him with 1.28 million.
He moved up to almost 1 million in chips after his pocket deuces cracked the pocket kings of Billy Paradiso.
From there, he chipped up through the rest of the day to go into Day 4 second overall.
ESPN Now Carrying Live Coverage and Money Bubble Looms
Starting with Day 3, the 2011 WSOP will be shown semi-live over ESPN's network of stations.
ESPN3.com will stream the majority of coverage with ESPN 2 simulcasting the event in the evening and running that coverage until the end of Day.
ESPN will kick off its Tuesday broadcasts of the 2011 WSOP with 2 hours of live coverage of Day 8 of the Main Event this coming Tuesday.
If you are in a country that does not have access to ESPN3.com, you can find coverage of the Main Event on WSOP.com.
Day 4 of the Main Event begins at 12 pm on Friday with 852 players remaining.
They will play through the money bubble of 693 and start their march towards the November Nine final table.
Players who finish in the money will receive at least $19,359 with first place receiving $8.71 million.
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