The day began with a number of marquee names still alive and kicking, most notably Mimi Tran and the exceptionally slow play that resulted between places 20-10. It seems the Foxwoods organizers decreed that the tournament be played hand-for-hand at this point, and consequently it took five hours to lose ten players in what was clearly an ordeal for all those at the felt.
One of the eliminations was David Singer, but not that David Singer. This David Singer, a native of Rhode Island, was a bundle of energy on Day 3, consuming about fifteen cups of coffee as he bounced around on his seat. Singer had only learned to play Texas Hold'em a few weeks ago, and had won his seat in a $60 "Act 1" satellite event.
Singer kept everyone entertained as he held on deep into the tournament, rebounding from a tough loss that knocked him down to around $3,000 in chips and surviving until he moved all-in with A-Q and ran into Action Dan Sevigny's pocket queens. Quahog Dave endeared himself one last time to the gallery by calling for a king on the river, even though no straight draw was on the board and a king would do him no good. He quickly corrected himself, and players and fans alike were still chuckling as he headed to the rail in 11th place.
As players moved to one ten-handed table, most of the action centered on either Liebert or Tran. Both women played exceptionally well on Day 3, though the contrasts between their styles of play couldn't be more different. Tran was focused, silent and unflinching. She used the all-in move to her full advantage numerous times throughout the day and bullied the shorter stacks away from pots.
Liebert, on the other hand, seemed to be focusing only half of her attention on the poker being played in front of her. She was gregarious, chatty, and even flirtatious, and many times was so caught up in the table talk that she forgot to look at her cards. This should scare anyone unlucky enough to be at the final table with her on Thursday; if PokerKat can amass $2.1 million in chips without really paying attention, imagine how dominant she could be when her entire being is focused on the task at hand.
The chip leader going into the final table is E.G. Harvin, a quiet, steadfast man who looks as though he belongs in a cubicle and who won three "Act 2" satellites and three "Act 3" satellites to get his seat in the tournament. He has amassed nearly $4 million in chips through solid and disciplined play, and though he has shown a tendency to try to limp into hands and then fold to the inevitable raises, he has also shown a tendency to turn over the best cards when a shorter stack moves all-in. Watch out for E.G.
The final three players at the table are Nenad Medic, a Serbian-born Canadian who finished sixth in the PokerStars.com Caribbean Poker Adventure on the WPT Season 3, as well as the two remaining Michaels in the short stacks - Michael Perry, a native of Maine with a number of lesser cashes on his resume, and Michael Omelchuk, of Bellport, N.Y., who logged a big second place finish in the $2,800 No-Limit Hold'em event at Foxwoods earlier this month and who with this final table finish will add at least $201,231 to the $156,886 he took down earlier in the month.
Action has been suspended until 4:00 p.m. (EST) Thursday. PokerListings.com will have wire-to-wire coverage of the final table, including exclusive photographs, hand-by-hand updates and comprehensive results. Take Wednesday off to rest up and then hit us back on Thursday for the thrilling conclusion.