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Day 3 success doesn't guarantee big money at the WSOP Main Event13 July 2012
An analysis of the top-10 chip end of Day 3 stacks from 2011, and the top-five end of Day 3 stacks from 2010 (the top 10 wasn't tracked in 2010) shows eight of the 15 players at the top of the leaderboard went on to win at least $65,000.
All players cashed. Five players won more than $100,000. And one player, Filippo Candio, reached the November Nine and won $3,092,545. Only four players had top-50 finishes.
So a massive chip stack at the end of Day 3 almost guarantees a cash, but it doesn't guarantee big money. And that's a lesson that the chip leaders after Thursday's Day 3 action should take to heart.
Day 3 of the Main Event is typically one of the most exciting of the tournament because you finally see big stacks of chips. Players get to show off their chip-stacking skills and survival instincts as they position themselves for either a minimum cash or a deep run in the tournament. This year's Main Event winner will collect $8.5 million. The player finishing in 666th will win $19,227. The player finishing 667th doesn't win any prize money.
Benjamin Alcober became the first player to cross the 1-million chip threshold. He finished with 789,500 for the day.
While Benjamin Alcober had a big day, it didn't compare to the hand of the night, which saw about 980,000 chips go into the middle of the table.
I caught this hand involving Daniel Rudd on the river and here's what happened: On a board reading As-2c-2h-9h-9d, Rudd's opponent bet 167,000. Rudd moved all in for 97,000 more, which put about 980,000 in the middle of the table, and his opponent called. Rudd turned over Ax-Kx while his opponent tabled Ax-Qx. Rudd's opponent thought they had chopped. But she didn't realize the kicker played and Rudd had won the pot. As his dazed opponent tried to stay composed (and let's face it, most of us would struggle if we'd just lost a pot worth nearly one million chips, though she did have some left), Rudd carefully stacked his chips knowing he was now among the tournament leaders. Rudd ended the night sixth in chips with 834,500.
Other players near the top of the leaderboard include Dave D'Alesandro (1.1 million), Sean Rice (1.076 million), Leo Wolpert (1.003 million), Ben Greenberg (963,000) and A.J. Jejelowo (928,500).
Top pros Vanessa Selbst (814,000), Jason Somerville (637,000) and Shaun Deeb (598,000) are within striking distance of the leaders.
Daniel Negreanu struggled Thursday and finished with 109,000. He started the day with 277,200.
Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo ended the night with 92,000 while actor Kevin Pollak finished with 233,000.
More than 1,700 players entered play Thursday. Only 720 survived. The Main Event started with 6,598 players.
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