Brunson Goes Deep at WSOP, Poker Freedom Act Introduced
Day 3 was moving day at the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event but several big names including Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, and Phil Ivey failed to finish the day.
Perhaps the most recognizable name in the game is still alive heading into money day, though, making some wonder if this is truly the last hurrah for one of poker's living legends.
Meanwhile, out in the real world outside the Rio, Rep. Joe Barton (D-TX) introduced the Poker Freedom Act in the House of Representative
Brunson Poised for Deep Run
The big story of the 2013 WSOP continues to be 10-time bracelet winner Doyle Brunson.
Starting the day with 224,000 in chips he began to slowly build his stack throughout the day. As play kept creeping closer to the money bubble Doyle busted a couple of players to take his stack near 700k.
Realizing that he will have another long day of play ahead of him tomorrow, Doyle left about 15 minutes prior to the end of play on Day 3 and finished the day with 626,000.
When he comes back tomorrow, he will cash in a live event for the first time since 2011 and in the Main Event for the first time since 2004
Coleman Finishes Over 1 Million
At the end of Day 3 in the Main Event Maxx Coleman was the only player to finish over the 1 million mark in chips. Joshua Prager is the next high man in the field with 993,000.
Max Steinberg finished in third overall on the day on the strength of a massive pot against Phil Ivey. Ivey had moved all-in for 416k after flopping a set of threes and Steinberg had flopped a set of tens.
The set of tens held to give him around 900k in chips. Steinberg would finish the day with 987k.
The Devil is in the Numbers
Exactly 666 players remain in the Main Event after Day 3. Those players will return with 648 players making the money on Friday.
Those that squeak into the money will take home $19,106 while the others will begin their quest for the final table, the bracelet, and $8.35 million for first.
Notables still remaining in the Main Event include Luke Schwartz, Jon Turner, Annette Obrestad, Melanie Weisner, Bertrand Grospellier, Grant Hinkle, Greg Mueller, Ivan Demidov, Marcel Luske, Michael Mizrachi and Steve Gee.
Oh, and Another Online Poker Bill Was Introduced in the US
For those missing the days of playing for your Main Event seat online, you may soon get your chance.
US Representative Joe Barton (D-TX) introduced the Poker Freedom Act on Monday in the House of Representative, the latest attempt to legalize online poker in the United States.
The bill would legalize the game nationwide and require that anyone running a site within the US be licensed. Part of the details include the requirement that sites be connected with brick-and-mortar casinos and any company convicted of taking illegal bets in the United States would be excluded for five years.
Should this bill pass it would also all but guarantee that most other forms of online gambling would be outlawed nationwide.
States would have the opportunity to opt-out of the bill and pursue their own means of legalization. The state of Utah passed a bill last year that already opts them out of any future federal bill.