What's more, there were plenty of elite players who opted to make the journey to the Garden State and take their shot at one of those coveted WSOPC rings.
Players like Michael Binger, he was dominating his table all day long. He had well over $50,000 for the entire day and he obviously knew how to use a big stack. You could hear groans from the rest of the players at his table throughout the day.
Finally Phan, who was running pretty well most of the day, laid a massive beat on some poor, unknown player. Ten minutes before the end of the day Phan got it all-in with pocket nines on a board of A♣ 9♦ 5♥ J♥. His opponent had him absolutely, totally, 97% dominated with A♠ A♥.
Well, you know where this is going. The 9♠ rolled off the deck on the river and the entire poker room was buzzing with, "Oh my god did you see that?" and "That is so sick. So sick. Soooo sick."
And with that nightmare of a hand (depending on who you are) the day ended. Phan finished with $202,300 chips, which was good enough for third place behind PokerStars pro Khan, who finished with $232,900, and the relatively unknown Dan Hicks of Tampa, Florida, who finished with $250,800 for first place overall in the chip counts.
Nick Binger made it through with $151,700 and so did Thayer Rasmussen with $106,200. With 73 players remaining it will surely be a long road to the final nine so be sure to get your rest tonight. You need to have your finger ready to hit that refresh button on your computer.
Good night, poker fans. See you tomorrow, same Bat-channel, same Bat-time.