Day 3 at the Matt Stout, as well as alleged "November Niner" Darus Suharto and J.C. Tran, who ran into a cooler in the form of Mike McDonald midway through the tournament's 12th level, doubling up young Timex and crippling himself in the process on an A-T-6-7-T board with J-T to the EPT4 German Open champ's K-T.
McDonald would not be able to translate that run-good into any sort of a profit, however, as just over a level later he'd find himself heading to the rail just a hair's breadth from the money, out with A-Q courtesy Jason Potter's pocket aces.
Timex would finish in 47th place and, as tournament organizers were preparing to commence hand-for-hand play, Steve Sung would deny them the pleasure, busting out within minutes of McDonald's departure and bursting the almost nonexistent money bubble.
It would be a particularly heartbreaking elimination for Sung, who is short only $2,000 in his quest to amass $1 million in career WPT tournament earnings, although the pain will no doubt be short-lived as Sung will probably pass the milestone at Bellagio later this month.
With the bursting of the bubble the gold rush was on, although with each progressive money jump amounting to more than a $12k increase, the field still slowed its roll around the 37th- and 28th-place eliminations. Robert Cheung would find himself victimized in the first pay bracket, busting out in 39th for $17,498 CAD after losing a race for most of his chips with queens against A-K.
last month's triumph in Atlantic City with a spectacular performance on Day 3 in Niagara Falls, lurking at or around the top of the chip leaderboard for most of the day and making a number of impressive plays, including an elimination of last year's fourth-place finisher, one Barry Greenstein, midway through the afternoon.
Rajkumar finished up Day 3 in Canada as the only player to have cracked the million-chip mark, although Matt Matros flirted with the number throughout the day. Psyduck's $1,081,000 is good for more than $100k on second-place Smith, with Matros third with $943,000 to his name.
Also among the 27 finalists are Erik Seidel (fifth overall with $851,000), Jason Potter ($497,000), Marc Karam ($424,000), Ryan Fisler ($392,000) and "Miami" John Cernuto ($92,000). Action will resume tomorrow at noon ET, at which point we'll commence the march down to a final table of six.
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