Esfandiari, Ladouceur Cruise Through Bubble Day at Main Event, 800 Remain

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Antonio Esfandiari: Top 10 stack.

The money bubble burst earlier than expected on Day 3 of the 2016 WSOP Main Event.

Although Day 3 began with 2,186, it only took four levels to hit the magic 1,011 number that meant every remaining player was in the money.

Adam Furgatch had the misfortune of being the last player to get eliminated without making it into the money.

Meanwhile Belgian pro Kenny Hallaert stormed to the end-of-day chip lead with 1.7m chips.

Antonio Esfandiari (1.38m), Shaun Deeb (1.34m) Marc-Andre Ladouceur (1.3m), Eugene Katchalov (1.23m), Tom Marchese (1.13m) and Melanie Weisner (1.2m) are among the top 30 chip counts.

Just 800 players remain.

Hellmuth Falls Early, McKeehen Out

Phil Hellmuth didn’t make it far into Day 3.

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Phil Hellmuth

The Poker Brat got it in bad against Sara Hall and wasn’t able to get any help from the board.

Hellmuth’s departure marked the end of poker's so-called Big Three as Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey were eliminated on Day 2c.

Joe McKeehen's title defense ended in the later portion of Day 3. McKeehen ran into pocket aces with pocket tens and finished just shy of the money.

Some of the other notables eliminated before the money included Ray Romano, Vanessa Selbst, David Williams, Michael Mizrachi and David Benyamine.

There’s still a ton of pros left in the tournament including Mike Gorodinsky, Steve O’Dwyer, Antoine Saout, Griffin Benger, Chris Hunichen, Tom Middleton, Sorel Mizzi, Maria Ho, Liv Boeree and Andrew Lichtenberger.

Here's the current Top 10:

1. Kenny Hallaert 1,709,000
2. Jared Bleznick 1,607,000
3. Duy Ho 1,480,000
4. Kilian Kramer 1,400,000
5. Mark Zullo 1,390,000
6. Myung Mike Shin 1,385,000
7. Antonio Esfandiari 1,381,000
8. Nolan King 1,355,000
9. Jasthi Kumar 1,351,000
10. Farhad Jamasi 1,302,000

Action resumes at 12 p.m. tomorrow. You can follow along live via the PokerListings WSOP Main Event live updates page and make requests for updates on anyone you like.

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