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Day 3 started out with everyone thinking that we were going to be in for a long day, and it didn’t disappoint.  We began with more than 230 players, and while the schedule called for five levels of play (90-minutes each), we were going to play down to the money…no matter what.  The last part of that sentence got Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi a few dollars in some side bets with his table mates as well.

We lost some of the big names in the field early with Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth, Barry Greenstein, and Erik Seidel all making relatively early exits.  But their star-power didn’t really affect the level of solid players remaining in the field.  As play wound on past midnight, and we approached the bubble, every table had at least 2 recognizable poker stars, as well as a few that had 4 or 5.  A little after midnight, Jason Mercier put 18 big blinds in from the small blind with A-8, and found a caller in the big blind with A-T and ended his day in 69th place.  It was the first time that I’d seen Mercier be visibly tilted at a tournament.  He’d had a verbal scuffle with one of the dealers who not only couldn’t speak English, but apparently couldn’t count either as it took several attempts to count out a 2,900 chip bet.  He also got a little spewy in doubling up Shannon Shorr with K4 on a 6-4-3 flop (Shorr had a set of 6’s.).

But from that elimination, play slowed to an absolute crawl, including 19 hands of hand-for-hand play before Hoyt Corkins got in two Queens against two Kings to be eliminated at about 1:45am….a far cry from the scheduled 8:30pm end of the day.

As play resumes, we will play down form the 63 remaining players (who are all in the money) to 18 players…again…for however long that takes.  Our chip leader is Jason DeWitt who is the only player of the 1 million chip mark.  I expect another long day at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles.  Feel free to follow my updates on Twitter (@coolwhipflea).