Event 61: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event
Event 61: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event
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D'Alesandro Leads Into Day 4 with the Money Bubble Looming

• Taso 15: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
Chip leader - Dave D'Alesandro
Chip leader - Dave D'Alesandro

That’s a Wrap! After five levels of monstrous poker action, Day 3 of the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event has come to an end. Leading the field heading into the all-important Day 4 is Dave D'Alesandro, who finished up the night with 1.1 million in chips.

D'Alesandro will join approximately 720 other hopefuls who are still in contention to make a run at the title. All of those players will be vying to at least make the top 666 players to pick up a $19,227 min-cash and then continue their journey toward the final table, the $8,527,982 first-place prize, and of course, the gold bracelet.

It started over twelve hours ago when 1,738 returned to the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino with the hopes of making it through the night. However, as is always the case with poker tournaments, not everyone can survive. Some of those who hit the rail throughout the day include Abe Mosseri, John Racener, Chris Tryba, Vicky Coren, Barry Greenstein, Bryn Kenney, Karina Jett, Eugene Katchalov, Faraz Jaka, Nick Schulman, Brian Hastings and 2011 WSOP Player of the Year, Ben Lamb.

Also not managing to survive Day 2 were past WSOP Main Event champions in Dan Harrington (1995), Robert Varkonyi (2002), Jerry Yang (2006), Peter Eastgate (2009) and the defending champ, Pius Heinz. The last hand of Eastgate’s tournament occurred early in the day, with him calling the five-bet all in of Nghi Van Tran on a {2-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{5-Hearts} flop. Eastgate held {a-Hearts}{6-Hearts} and Tran held {10-Clubs}{10-Hearts}. Eastgate had plenty of outs to survive and double up, however, it wasn’t meant to be as a {7-Clubs} turn and {8-Clubs} river sent him to the rail. While these Main Event alumni couldn’t endure Day 3, Johnny Chan and Huck Seed advanced to Day 4 with a chance to win another title.

Some of the others who joined the rail throughout the day were former NBA Champion Earl Barron and international cricket star Shane Warne. These sports stars may not have been able to hang on to life, but NHL goalie Roberto Luongo survived the night and will return for Day 4 action.

Luongo in action earlier in the 2012 WSOP Main Event

One of the NHL's premeir goaltenders, Luongo is no stranger to playing on a big stage. He was the starting goalie for the Gold-Medal-winning Team Canada in the 2010 Winter Olympics and is the 17th winningest goalie in NHL history. This isn't Luongo's first time at the WSOP, having played in the NHL charity shootout in 2009. However, it is his first time playing in the Main Event. With the bubble looming, Luongo will be looking to make this his first WSOP cash as well.

Managing to do far better than most players tonight were Sean Rice (1,076,000), Jacob Balsiger (1,065,000), Leo Wolpert (1,003,500) and A.J. Jejelowo (928,500), who will all return tomorrow with some of the largest stacks in the room.

Gaelle Baumann, who started the day with the chip lead, also survived the night, bagging up 599,000 in chips. Another lady of poker who will be aiming to make a deep run is Vanessa Selbst, with the two-time gold bracelet winner having a roller coaster day that saw her bag up a stack of 814,000. A highlight for Selbst occurred late in the evening when she scored a massive double up with the help of a lucky river.

The likes of David "ODB" Baker, Shawn Buchanan, Marcel Luske, Jason Somerville, Maria Ho, Daniel Negreanu, Sorel Mizzi, Mike McDonald, Shaun Deeb and Antonio Esfandiari are just a few of the other notable names still in contention. With these big names of poker still in contention, it is clear that the next few days are sure to be some of the most exciting of the summer.

With approximately 54 eliminations needed until the players are in the money, the bubble is expected to burst during the early stages of tomorrow’s play. Join PokerNews from 12:00 PM PST and be sure to not miss all the action on Day 4 of the 2012 WSOP Main Event!

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Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (täynnä)

Dave D'Alesandro us 1,100,000
Sean Rice us 1,076,000 526,000
Jake Balsiger us 1,065,000
Leo Wolpert us 1,003,500
Ben Greenberg us 963,000 33,000
A.J. Jejelowo 928,500 518,500
Daniel Rudd gb 834,500
Jonathan Seelbach 824,000 514,000
Michael Ferrell us 821,000
Paul Volpe us 820,000 661,000
Vanessa Selbst us 814,000 463,600
Kyle Keranen us 802,500
Benjamin Alcober 789,500
Alban Juen fr 786,500
Cylus Watson us 775,000 15,000
Mike Schneider us 750,000 750,000
Erik Hellman 746,000 348,100
Sorel Mizzi ca 738,000 646,200
Nicholas Augustino us 720,500 55,500
Bryan Vanrijsbergen 701,000
Mark Demirdjian lb 685,000 185,100
Vivek Rajkumar in 678,000 447,100
John Phan us 655,000
Andrew Lee 653,000
Davide Catalano 652,000

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Notable End of Day 3 Chip Counts

Dave D'Alesandro us 1,100,000
Sean Rice us 1,076,000
Jake Balsiger us 1,065,000
Leo Wolpert us 1,003,500
Ben Greenberg us 963,000
A.J. Jejelowo 928,500
Daniel Rudd gb 834,500
Michael Ferrell us 821,000
Paul Volpe us 820,000
Vanessa Selbst us 814,000 154,000
Kyle Keranen us 802,500
Benjamin Alcober 789,500
Cylus Watson us 775,000 35,000
Erik Hellman 746,000 -24,000
Sorel Mizzi ca 738,000 161,000
Nicholas Augustino us 720,500 55,500
Vivek Rajkumar in 678,000 140,000
John Phan us 655,500 85,500
Jeremy Allen 650,500 35,500
Nghi Van Tran us 648,000
Lasse Soerensen 646,000 196,000
Jason Somerville us 637,000 84,000
Jan Kasten 636,000 431,000
Marc Wright 635,500 -39,500
Susie Zhao us 624,000 24,000

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Tran Makes Sick Call With Deuces; Alcober Falters

On one of the last hands of the night we found Benjamin Alcober and Nghi Van Tran looking at a {9-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{7-Spades} flop. Alcober bet 32,000 only to be raised to 65,000 by Tran. Alcober called and they both checked the {9-Spades} turn.

Alcober pushed out 165,000 on the {2-Diamonds} river and Tran went into the tank.

"This is so sick if I call," Tran said. "I don't have much."

Eventually Tran called and Alcober showed {K-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} for nothing but king-high. Tran jumped up and down and showed {3-Clubs}{2-Hearts} for a rivered pair of deuces. The table burst into laughter and Alcober took a major hit from Tran's river call.

Alcober, who was at one point the chip leader today, has now fallen to 789,500.

Benjamin Alcober 789,500 -260,500
Nghi Van Tran us 648,000 418,000

Tagit: Benjamin AlcoberNghi Van Tran

Late Night Surge For D'Alesandro

Dave D'Alesandro
Dave D'Alesandro

Dave D'Alesandro has had an excellent final level and it may be give him the end-of-day chip lead.

Already with just more than 1,000,000, D'Alesandro woke up with {J-Hearts}{J-Clubs} in the big blind and called a short stack's all in (for about 70,000).

D'Alesandro's opponent held {A-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}, but was sent to the rail after the board ran out {K-Diamonds}{J-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{10-Clubs}.

Dave D'Alesandro us 1,100,000 70,000

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Bring Your Green Hat

"Action" Dan Harrington, who won the 1995 World Series of Poker Main Event, has been eliminated from the 2012 Main Event.

According to a player at the table, Harrington three-bet jammed over a raise on the button, and Russell Thomas (the original raiser) called. Harrington's {q-Spades}{5-Hearts} trailed Thomas' {A-Hearts}{2-Hearts}, and Action Dan was never able to catch up.

Dan Harrington us Ulkona

Tagit: Dan HarringtonRussell Thomas

The Thrill Is Gone


Will "The Thrill" Failla has been battling with the short stack for most of the day, as he explained to Lynn Gilmartin on the last break in the video below. But unfortunately for him, the battle ended unsuccessfully during the final hands of Day 3.

The end came in a hand in which Eric Cloutier opened for 11,000 from the cutoff, a player on the button reraised to 26,000, then Failla reraise-shoved from the big blind for 84,000 total. Cloutier responded by pushing all in himself, forcing out the third player. Cloutier and Failla then turned over their hands.

Failla: {K-Hearts}{K-Clubs}
Cloutier: {A-Hearts}{A-Spades}

After a day full of laughs at Table 440, a most unfunny final hand for Failla. The board ran out {J-Clubs}{9-Spades}{7-Clubs}{Q-Clubs}{5-Hearts}, and Failla's 2012 WSOP came to an abrupt end.

Eric Cloutier ca 510,000 192,000
Will Failla us Ulkona

Tagit: Eric CloutierWill Failla

Zhao Zings Binger

Michael Binger was all in preflop for his last 145,000 with {q-Clubs}{q-Hearts}, but he ran into the {k-Diamonds}{k-Hearts} of Susie Zhao. The board brought no miracles for Binger, coming {2-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{10-Clubs}{9-Spades}{9-Clubs}, and a devasted Binger headed to the rail. Meanwhile, Zhao is continuing her solid main event run, as he is up to 600,000.

Susie Zhao us 600,000 295,800
Michael Binger us Ulkona

Tagit: Michael BingerSusiz Zhao

Deeb Gets a Fold

• Taso 15: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

Shaun Deeb opened for 8,500 from under the gun and was called a player in middle position, Brian Meinders on the button and another player in the big blind.

The flop came {8-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} and both the player in the big and Deeb checked to the player in middle position, who fired 16,500 into the middle. It was folded back to Deeb, who called.

Both players checked the {4-Clubs} turn, however, when the {J-Hearts} completed the board, Deeb fired a hefty 44,000 into the middle. His opponent fell deep into the tank and after about three minutes, had the clock called on him by another tablemate. A floorman came by and gave him a minute to act on his hand. He eventually folded with about five seconds to go and Deeb scooped the pot.

Tagit: Shaun Deeb