Today it was Daniel Negreanu who followed up Antonio Esfandiari's Day 2 dump with a swan dive of his own. The Team PokerStars Pro came into the day with high hopes on better than $500,000, but took a few hits early to lose that big lead.
He righted the ship when, for the second straight day, he got two people to get it in against his pocket aces, busting Doug Lee and Shawn Sheikhan in the process. But Daniel would later ship almost all of it over to young Ryan Fair when he flopped top two with big slick and Fair hit bottom set.
Needless to say, Fair joined the group at the top of the leader board while the Kid was crippled.
His meltdown was complete when it looked like he and Ted Lawson bubbled, running less than stellar holding's into some lucky live donks queens with 52 players left.
But Negreanu and Lawson managed to chop 50th place three ways with Jennifer Tilly, when she had her very own pre-bubble meltdown, losing a huge pot to Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand Grospellier, then shipping the last of her once big stack over to then chip leader William Mietz.
When Lawson and Negreanu busted, the TD blurted out that everyone was in the money, Tilly then made the move that ended her tournament life only to find a floor man who'd been watching the whole time make the controversial decision that the hands had started at the same time.
And so we reached the money, going from 105 down to just 34 players by the time the day was through.
Although the way things are going, one would almost rather not be leading this thing, the recipients of the Negreanu and Tilly breakdowns managed to grab the three spots at the top of the leader board by the time the fifth level of the day was over.
2008 WSOP Pot-Limit Hold 'em final table bubble boy Fair will be number one when things get going tomorrow on $1.3 million. William Mietz, who has less than $20k in career tournament earnings, will come in second on $1.2 million and the reigning PokerStars Caribbean Adventure champ, ElkY, is third with $1.1 million.
J.C. Tran started the day among the leaders, but also found a way to make those chips disappear, largely due to getting hammered in back to back hands by Michael DeMichele.
DeMichele had a lead for a lot of the day, but couldn't hold it and will come into Day 4 a little under the $487k average.
Joe Sebok was among the big boys to start and looked like he was going to fall apart much too soon before luck-sacking a double-up shoving into a Nicholas Swilinsky raise with just KQ off.
Swilinsky made a very debatable call with AJ, looked brilliant when he flopped an ace, but couldn't stop Joe from going runner-runner trips. It was brutal all around, but Sebok will come back tomorrow fourth, armed with $1.1 million in his battle to lose that Seventhbok title and make the TV final table he covets so much.
Representing Waterloo and Full Tilt in fine fashion once again, Serb will come in to Day 4 action at 12 p.m. PST tomorrow fifth in chips with $925,000.
Brad Booth pulled another Yukon-style bluff today raking a huge pot off the eventually busted Isaac Haxton. He rode that wave to a decent stack before dusting off a bunch of chips near the end and looks willing to gamble coming into Day 4 near the top.
Nam Le never really gambles, but lately seems to always be in contention and he sits not too far behind.
With just 34 rounders remaining, there's a chance they could play down to the final table of six tomorrow, take a day off, then come back and play in front of the cameras.
Regardless, they're a good bet to play at least five full levels on Friday and PL.com has decided to pass on the Sarah Palin stripper look-a-like contest at Club Paradise tonight to make sure we're well rested for it all.