The second largest WSOP Main Event field in history saw its players finally combine into one field on Day 3 with Phil Ivey once again sporting a big stack. Longsheng Tan was able to maintain his lead going into the final day of the $1,500 Hold ‘Em event. And Forbes writes an in-depth article on the WSOP. It’s all here in the weekend edition of the Hit and Run.

 

The Latest from the WSOP Main Event

Event #65 the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em MAIN EVENT – World Championship finally broke the money bubble on Saturday night with Matthew Hopkins being the unfortunate bubble boy. As is the case with most days a new chip leader has emerged. In Sun Geoum bagged the biggest stack around midnight with 1,969,000 in chips – just a hair more than New York’s Frank Flowers in second.

Other players in the top ten in chips include Day 1B chip leader Samuel Bernabeu (1,418,000), Michael Lavenburg (1,356,000), and Julius Malzanini (1,292,000). Eric Froehlick also has 1,235,000 in chips and will be looking for this third bracelet.

Of course all eyes with be on the GOAT – Phil Ivey, who bagged up a solid 827,000 in chips.

As always five two-hour levels were played with a dinner break in the middle. In total 1,182 players made it through and will head to Day 4. Of course many big names hit the felt before all was said and done. Jason Mercier, Eli Elezra, Erick Lindgren, and Phil Hellmuth all fell short. In addition Greg Merson will not be making a repeat run at the final table.

But other big names are still in including Johnny Chan, Allen Cunningham, Antonio Esfandiari, and Robert Varkonyi.

Play will continue starting at noon pacific. Live television and streaming coverage is available on both ESPN and PokerGo. And tune in to PokerNews.com for live updates.

 

Ongoing Action

Longsheng Tan came into play Saturday with the chip lead in Event #66 the $1,500 No-Limit Hold ‘Em event, and once all was said and done he was still chipleader when players bagged for the night. 26 players returned Saturday, but quickly played down to 7 with Tan out in front with 3,260,000 in chips. Adam Laskey is currently in second with just over 2.3 million. The players are all gunning for that exclusive WSOP bracelet and over $323,000 in cold hard cash. Play resumes at 2 PM local time.

On Sunday in addition to the Main Event, the $1,500 PLO Bounty event will play down to its winner. 833 hopeful players ponied up the cash to take a shot at the bracelet. Heading into Day 3 only 10 players remain with Matt O’Donnell leading the field with 970,000 in chips. The winner of this event will pocket a cool $141k in addition to all their bounties. You can head to WSOP.com or Pokernews.com to keep up with all the action.

 

Upcoming Excitement

Now that the WSOP Main Event is in full swing, usually two new bracelet events get under way each day. On Sunday Event #69 the $3,00 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed tournament begins. Play will surely be fast and loose as is the case with most low buy-in Omaha events. Play kicks off at 3PM PT. And of course Day 1b of the $1,111 Little One for One Drop will kick of at 11 AM. As always a gold bracelet awaits the winners. GLGL.

 

Watch the WSOP Main Event

On Sunday, poker fans can watch Day 4 action on ESPN2 from 2:30PM to 6PM PT. When ESPN2 stops broadcasting, viewers can tune into PokerGo from 6 to 9:15 PM PT.

 

Quick Hitters

-With Pennsylvania legalizing online poker and the Supreme Court seemingly passing judgement that allows nationwide sports betting, it seems like every week a new piece of news comes out talking about state lotteries and gambling on the federal level. And two key regulatory showdowns — one in Italy and the other in Pennsylvania — have made headlines this week as government-run lotteries have obtained market exclusivity provisions through regulation. PartTimePoker’s own David Huber has the full story on the subject, and he writes about it here.

-Of course what is the Hit and Run without an update on some of the quality reads coming from Rob Strazynski and gang over at CardPlayerLifestyle.com. This week Robbie was able to sit down with four different Main Event champions and get their thoughts on how one should prepare for their first WSOP Main. Click here for the interviews with Scott Blumstein, Joe Hachem, Jamie Gold, and Chris Moneymaker.

The Hash.

 

-The poker industry always gets a little boost when mainstream media writes about the Main Event. And this week Forbes magazine spent some time discussing poker’s biggest stage. The article by David G. Schwartz is a nice concise backstory of how the World Series of Poker got started. Check it out if you haven’t already.

 

-And finally, it’s been a while since we checked back in with Daniel Negreanu. The PokerStars Team Pro has had a pretty dismal WSOP this summer, but at least his vlog is still a winner. Check it out here:

 

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Keith Woernle is a writer, comedian, and semi-pro poker player based out of New Jersey. He was a producer for season 10 of the World Poker Tour. Keith won a WSOP circuit ring in 2011. He likes poker a lot. Follow or contact him on Twitter @WoernlePoker