Forty-one players took their seats this afternoon at the start of Day 3 in the World Series of Poker Event #5: $565 Colossus No Limit Hold'em, but only nine advanced to Wednesday's final table. The winner will take home the top prize of $1,000,000.
The chip lead is held by Mark Babekov, who ended the day with 19,025,000 in chips. Second in chips is Erkut Yilmaz with 16,000,00, followed by Taylor Black with 13,300,000 chips.
Among the notables at the final table are Matt Affleck and Luke Vrabel. The chip leader at the start of the day, Raul Martinez Requena, busted in a hand against Yilmaz in 11th place. After his bust-out the players merged onto the unofficial final table, where the bubble lasted a bit more than three hours until Jason Orrell was eliminated in 10th place.
The final table will continue Wednesday at 2 p.m. and play down to a winner. Follow all the updates here on PokerNews throughout the 2017 World Series of Poker. Below you can find the end-of-day-chip counts of all players.
We got to the table to see the flop. Both Christopher Mitts and Mark Babekov checked. On the turn, the appeared. Babekov checked, Mitts bet 240,000, and Babekov raised to 10,000,000 — he liked it as a round number. Mitts called, which meant he was all in.
Mitts showed for a pair of nines, and Babekov showed for a flush draw. The river brought another diamond for the flush, so Babekov climbed to more than 20,000,000 chips. Mitts was eliminated in 12th place.
Event #5 of the 2017 World Series of Poker at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino continues today as the Colossus III reaches the penultimate day in the search for a new champion and gold bracelet winner.
A total of 18,054 entries and 9,074 unique players over six starting flights generated a prize pool of $9,027,000 with the eventual winner guaranteed $1,000,000.
Day 2 was a whirlwind of eliminations as the field was scythed down from a starting number of 634 to today’s returning 41 players after 10 one-hour levels of play wrapping up at 3 am.
Raul Martinez Requena from the U.K. is the man out in front as the Day 3 chip leader on 5,270,000, while Erkut Yilmaz sits in second on 5,150,000 with Pojana Jenne currently in third with 4,700,000.
Other notables still in the hunt for a gold bracelet include Matt Affleck (2,890,000), Tom Hall (930,000), Gavin O'Rourke (3,000,000) and Michael Telker (2,155,000).
Today the survivors will play down to a final table of nine before they bag up their chips. Levels remain at one hour with breaks every two levels and a one-hour dinner break after Level 6 coming at approximately 8:30 pm. The clock will begin at Level 29 which is 40,000 / 80,000 with a ante of 10,000.
Cards are in the air at 2 p.m. in Brasilia over at Tables 700-713.
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