A wild roller coaster day of action in Event #50: Monster Stack - $1,500 No Limit Hold’em saw the field of hopefuls reduced from 457 down to less than 50 as Day 3 ended. The remaining players fought through a tough field to bag their chips and retain the goal of winning the first place prize of $1,008,850.
Bagging the chip lead at the end of the night and was Vincent Chauve. The Frenchman ended the night with a whopping 22,000,000 to lead all remaining players in the field. He amassed a large portion of his stack when his set of threes cracked the aces of Malvin Tan, who himself was a large stack at the time, to launch his stack to above the 15 million mark, which he would steadily increase before the end of play.
Also among the biggest stacks were; Bryan Kim (17,725,000), Anthony Kazgandjian (15,700,000), Ramiro Petrone (13,900,000) and Andre Haneberg (12,725,000).
Well known players who still remain include Ukrainian Igor Yaroshevskyy who bagged 7,350,000, Bart Hanson who will take a sizeable stack of 11,650,000 into tomorrow, Kevin Roster who has 3,475,000 and two-time WSOP bracelet winner Ryan Hughes with a stack of 8,500,000.
End of Day 3 Top 10 Chip Counts
|2||Bryan Kim||United States||17,725,000|
|6||Jonathan Seltzer||United States||12,125,000|
|7||Randall Hernandez||Costa Rica||11,975,000|
|8||Bart Hanson||United States||11,650,000|
|9||Benjamin Ector||United States||11,465,000|
|10||Willaim Lorring||United States||9,400,000|
Start of day chip leader, Kainalu McCue-Unciano took one of the wildest rides of the day on the Monster Stack roller coaster. He started the day strong and hit a peak around dinner break when seemingly every chip was migrating to his stack after he eliminated multiple players in large pots in a short period of time to swell his stack to above the 16 million mark. This huge number of chips was worth 250 big blinds at the time and was a stack that would have ended the day in the top five in chips. Instead, his day plummeted from that peak, slowly at first, then dropped like a stone in the last level of the day as his Day 3 ride ended with a stack of merely 3,750,000.
But he and the other remaining players still have chips and a chance, something that the many players who were eliminated on the day can no longer say. Among those eliminated early in the day were Pierre Neuville, Mike Shin, Joe Cada, Jonathan Levy and Yves Rolland. Others were eliminated late as the day came to a close including, Sean Yu, Iaron Lightbourne and Scott Vetter.
The surviving 49 players will return Tuesday, June 25 at noon local time to battle down to the final six. Play will resume at Level 22 with blinds at 10,000 and 20,000 with a 20,000 big blind ante,
This prestigious WSOP bracelet will be covered in its entirety by PokerNews live reporting team, so make sure to check in for the penultimate day of Monster Stack Action!