Kent Coppock opened from under the gun and John Hanna in the small blind responded with a three-bet to 540,000. Guifang Liu in the big blind then moved all in for just under 1,700,000 and with Coppock having a quick think before folding Hanna made the call.
Guifang Liu: .
The board ran out .
The stacks were counted and Hanna did indeed have Liu covered, sending the latter to the exits.
Chad Davis, Steven Lauson, and Alex Masek got all the chips in the middle preflop on the very first hand of the day. Masek had the biggest of the three stacks with 1,005,000, Davis had 460,000, and Lauson was the shortest with 380,000.
Masek held the only pocket pair of the bunch with , but had to fade a fistful of overcards since Davis tabled and Lauson showed .
The flop fell to give Lauson the nut flush and a near lock on the hand. The on the turn gave Davis a king-high flush for the side pot, and although the showed up on the river to give Masek a set of eights, it was too little too late. Lauson scooped the main pot to triple and Davis took the side pot but was left with only a single big blind.
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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