The deep structure made for slow play even after the money bubble burst. It seemed like the majority of the players were content to grind their way up the payout sheet in hopes of a bigger score.
There were of course some exceptions - among them Ryan Young with pocket kings versus Young's pocket jacks. Griffin's kings held and he doubled to $240,000. After winning a number of valuable pots Griffin managed to chip his way up to a very comfortable $417,000, which held for a couple hours. In the evening Griffin took one more gamble and it paid off.
In the hand Griffin raised to $26,000 from the cut-off pre-flop but Matt Vengrin shoved all-in from the big blind for a total of $210,000.
Griffin tanked it for a couple minutes but eventually called and tabled A♦ 10♦. Incredibly Vengrin held 9♦ 6♦. The board favored Griffin and all of a sudden he was back up to the $600,000 he started the day with.
Griffin won several more pots before the end of the day to bring his chip total to over $1 million. It was quite a day for the Shorewood, Ill. resident.
One of the most important hands for Tran took place during the last level of the night. In the hand Tran raised from the small blind and Bill Kontaratos re-raised to $100,000. Tran called and the flop went 10♠ 9♦ 9♥. Tran checked and Kontaratos bet $200,000. Tran moved all-in and Kontaratos went into the tank. Kontaratos had approximately $250,000 chips left and he would be covered if he made the call.
Eventually Kontaratos made the call and flipped over A♦ K♥. Tran, however, flipped over A♣ A♠ and Kontaratos was in a world of hurt. Nothing came for Kontaratos and he was eliminated 30th. In the hand Tran increased his stack to over $2 million.
Tran's dominance was essentially the final story on Day 3 and you'll have to join us tomorrow to see if Tran can parlay his huge chip lead into a seat at the final table. Or maybe it will be Griffin, Watkinson or Bonomo in that seat.
You'll have to check back here at 11 a.m. (EST) to find out.
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