Cary Katz raised to 27,000 from the small blind and James Florence three-bet to 58,000. Katz called.
The flop came and Katz checked. Florence bet 53,000 and Katz called. The turn was the and Katz check-called a bet of 78,000 from Florence. The river was the and Katz checked yet again. Florence bet 200,000 and Katz flung his cards across the table, hitting the bumper on the other side of the table. "I know. You have ace-king every f***king time!" exclaimed Katz.
Parker Drew raised to 26,000 from under the gun and the action was folded to Brandon Ageloff in the big blind. Ageloff reraised to 75,000 and Drew moved all in for 365,000. Ageloff quickly called and turned over which was way in front of Drew's .
The flop came bringing no help to Drew and the turn was the leaving him drawing dead. The completed the board and Ageloff raked in the pot while Drew headed to the cash cage.
Rainer Kempe moved all in for 141,000 from the cutoff, and James Florence snap-called from the big blind.
Kempe was at risk with while Florence held .
The flop came and Kempe pulled ahead with a pair of kings. the turn was the and Florence needed a ten or an ace to knock out Kempe. The river was the and Kempe was able to hold on for a double-up, making a small dent in Florence's big stack.
Mikhail Rudoy raised to 28,000 from the hijack and was called by Griffin Malatino in the small blind and Sam Phillips in the big blind. The flop came and the action was checked to Rudoy who bet 45,000. Malatino raised to 125,000 and Phillips got out of the way. Rudoy pushed all in for 230,000 and Malatino took some time to think.
Eventually he called and tabled , but was behind the of Rudoy. The turn was the and the river landed the , securing a double-up for Rudoy.
Day 3 of Event #52: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em starts up at 12 noon local time in the Brasilia room where today yet another World Series of Poker champion will be crowned.
Among the remaining 23 competitors is five-time WSOP champion Jason Mercier who looks to snag his sixth bracelet. He comes into the day with 457,000, good for 38 big blinds. Andy Frankenberger bagged up 525,000 and 43 big blinds to work with as he seeks bracelet number three.
Leading the field to start today is Samuel Phillips with a healthy 1,289,000 (107 BB), closely followed by Canadian James Florence (1,284,000) and Brandon Ageloff (1,200,000). In addition to these top stacks, the field is stacked with fierce competitors including Mohsin Charania (1,045,000), Mathieu Selides (399,000), Phil Collins (258,000), Rainer Kempe (240,000) and Cary Katz (145,000).
Day 3 will begin halfway through Level 21 with blinds at 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante. As usual, there will be a 15-minute break every two levels with a scheduled 60-minute dinner break after the sixth level of the day. This event will play down to a winner, with first place pocketing $364,438 and the coveted gold WSOP bracelet.
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