Just before blinds went up, a massive three way pot took place, changing the landscape of the final two tables. After a raise from the button, Brett Coltman, to 1,100,000, Zyad Qasem called and so did Gerardo Amezola in the big blind.
The flop came down and it was checked to Brett Coltman who bet 2,200,000. Qasem (small blind) called before Amezola moved all in for 5,275,000 chips. Coltman then moved all in himself for 18,850,000. Qasem went into the tank for at least 90 seconds before calling and cards were tabled.
Coltman was well ahead with his king kicker and the turn card and river sealed his double up through Qasem while also knocking Amezola out in 12th place for $10,451.
Qasem said to Coltman ''If you didn't ask for a count, I fold'', referring to what Coltman asked Qasem before he moved all in over the Amezola jam.
After an open from Todd Saffron under the gun to 1,300,000, Zyad Qasem three bet to 4,000,000 from the hijack. It folded to Andrew Grombacher in the small blind who moved all in for his last 4,200,000 chips. Saffron folded and Qasem called.
Grombacher flopped a set of sevens on the flop but the turn gave Qasem the straight and the river didn't improve Grombacher, sending him out in 15th, good for $8,424.
While the other tables were already waiting on the redraw to two tables, the first and only hand played on the outer table took the better part of ten minutes and ultimately resulted in the bustout of Matthew Vaughan.
It was Rigoberto Rodriguez who opened with a raise to 950,000 in the cutoff, Matthew Vaughan called on the button, and Zyad Qasem called from the big blind. The flop was and Qasem and Rodriguez checked to Vaughan, who bet 950,000. Qasem check-raised to 2,500,000, Rodriguez folded, and Vaughan called after some thought.
On the turn, Qasem shoved all in, putting Vaughan to the test for his final 4 million in chips. Vaughan spent minutes in the tank before the clock was called on him. The seconds were ticking away as Vaughan was mulling over his decision.
With one second left on the clock, he decided to call it all off but instantly received the bad news.
Vaughan did have some outs but the river wasn't one of them, ending his deep run early on Day 3.