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With 3 events in action on Day 3 of the 2010 World Series of Poker, the attention was evenly divided among the Amazon and the Pavillion rooms at the Rio.  The most attention was given to event #2, the $50k players Championship, which completed another 6 levels of play, and narrowed the field to just 21 players, leaving us 5 spots from the money, and closing in on a final table.

Event #2: $50K Players Championship

Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi used a late chip surge to take over the chip lead at the featured table, raising his chip total to one of the 6 players above the $1 million mark.  His stack of 1,483,00 was tops on the day, just slightly ahead of Russian Vladimir Schmelev, who also finished the day with 1,432,000.

Probably the most active player was Full Tilt Pro David Oppenheim, who in a span of nearly 10 minutes sent both Cole ‘CTS’ South and Chris ‘Jesus’ Ferguson to the rail, with South moving all in for the rest of his chips with pocket 8’s in a NLHE hand, and Oppenheim calling with AK.  An Ace hit the flop sending the high stakes grinder to the rail.  Then Chris Ferguson would move all in on PLO hand with the flop of 8-6-x with two clubs.  Oppenheim snap called showing two pair (8’s and 6’s) and Ferguson showed the over flush draw with no re-draws. The turn card filled up Oppenheim when an 8 hit, and Ferguson was eliminated.  Oppenheim is currently 3rd in chips with 1,340,000

Also sent to the rail on Day 3 included the likes of Doyle Brunson, Scott Clements, and Joe Serok, and eliminated early in the day was Phil Ivey.  Action gets back underway at 3pm in the Amazon Room, and play will continue until we reach a final table.

Event #3: $1K NLHE

In the Pavillion room, it was thought that play would move along so quickly that players from day 1a of event #3, the $1,000 NLHE event would return to day 2 already in the money.  A total of 1,744 players participated in day 1b, to join the 2,601 players from day 1a, to make the field size a total of 4,345.  But with 276 making it through the 10 levels of play in day 1a, it was thought that day 1b could have potentially enough eliminations to reach the money bubble, creating quite the stir among players in the field.  Thankfully, play slowed considerably over the last 2 levels of play, and when the nigh completed,  207 players bagged their chips, and will rejoin the group from day 1a under 1 roof at 2:30pm.   Braxton Dunaway appears to have the chip lead by a narrow margin over Thomas Jonides, Matt Berkey, and T.J. Boytor.

Event #4: $1.5K Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better

Finally, 820 players took action in event #4, the Omaha 8-or-better split, and the board read 297 players when play completed for the night.  Many of the players that were eliminated early from the $50k and the $1k events showed up to play in event  #4, fuelling the numbers for this event.  Some notables included late arrival, and early exit of Tom Dwan, and other busts included Justin Bonomo, Matt Savage, and Daniel Negreanu.

Amnon Filippi looks to have taken about 30k chips into the close of the day, and David Bach bagged up about 39k.  Players will resume action at 3pm tomorrow.

Also in action today will be event #5, the $1,500 buy in NLHE event, which promises to draw a strong field.  For updates and pics from the floor, check out my twitter feed (@coolwhipflea) to bring you all of the action live from the Rio in Las Vegas.