The 2,572 survivors in the 2017 World Series of Poker main event made their way back to the Rio Thursday morning with the goal of finishing in the money.
It took all day, and even a few extra hours into the night, but the bubble finally burst nearly 14 hours after play began. As a result, everyone left in the tournament has guaranteed themselves at least a $15,000 payday.
The unfortunate players out on the bubble were Roger Campbell, who failed to catch up against a flopped flush, and Quan Zhou, who bluffed off a big stack running into kings full. The two of them then ran out a hand to determine who would get the consolation prize of a free seat. Zhou won the flip and secured the $10,000 buy-in into next year’s main event.
Leading the way into day 4 is Pennsylvania’s Patrick Lavecchia, who sits with 1,552,000 in chips.
There are also a couple of former November Niners sitting near the top of the leaderboard. Antoine Saout, the Frenchman who finished third in the 2009 main event for $3,479,485, sits in third place overall with 1,529,000.
Kenny Hallaert, who seems to specialize in big fields at the WSOP and finished sixth in last year’s main event for $1,464,258, has put himself in pretty good position to go back-to-back with 1,258,000.
Other notables who managed to cross the seven-figure mark include Brandon Meyers (1,229,000), Davidi Kitai (1,116,000), Hiren Patel (1,041,000), Ben Lamb (1,016,000) and Andrey Pateychuk (1,000,700).
The field will also include the likes of Tom Cannuli, Charlie Carrel, Dominik Nitsche, David Peters, Steve Billirakis, Christoph Vogelsang, Max Silver, Timothy Adams, Greg Mueller, Jake Bazeley, David Pham, Connor Drinan, Liv Boeree, Dario Sammartino, Ryan Hughes, David Sands, Mohsin Charania, Gavin Smith, Ankush Mandavia, Isaac Haxton, Jeff Lisandro, Nam Le, Max Pescatori, Faraz Jaka, Scott Seiver, Cate Hall, Nick Schulman, and Joe Cada.
The action resumes Friday at 11 a.m. PT.
For more coverage from the summer series, visit the 2017 WSOP landing page complete with a full schedule, news, player interviews and event recaps.
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