For most that dream died early and while several hung on to make it past the money bubble just before the 7 pm dinner break, plans for buying that fancy car and the summer home in the south of France have been put on hold for the majority.
By the 12:30 am end of the day bell the only player of the 337 still in it who can realistically begin to even consider having a shot at this thing already has the pimped out ride.
Italian Online specialist Dario Minieri pushed his stack up and over the $4.2 million mark by the end of the night and has almost a $1 million chip lead on anyone near him. The car is a Porsche and he got it trading in his FPP's on Alex Kravchenko, Jason Lester and Mimi Tran are still around as well.
Some actor named Tobey Maguire is hanging tough, although the fact that he refuses to allow anyone to take pictures of him while playing has raised the ire of most in the media room.
With this many journalists hoping he'll bust so we can stop trying to snap a shot or two should mean his Day 4 will be a short one - if you believe the collective Karma of a room full of hacks has some power over the poker gods.
Harrah's has set the schedule for the rest of the Main Event and it all shakes down like this: The 337 players left will play five levels Friday. The survivors will head to Saturday when the field will be whittled down to the final three tables filled with 27 players.
Sunday is the real day of reckoning as the final three tables will become just one and those nine players will take a day off Monday with a guaranteed $525,934 in their pockets. They'll all come back Tuesday to play for the Gold!
PokerListings.com will be there for it all and as always you are welcome to come along for the ride!