Arieh Leads, Hellmuth Looms in Final 29 of $50k Championship

Josh Arieh
Josh Arieh is looking for his third WSOP gold bracelet.

Day 3 of the $50,000 Player’s Championship ended with just 29 still in contention for the $1.72 million first place prize.

Two-time WSOP bracelet winner Josh Arieh is leading the charge to the final table, but he’ll have plenty to contend with on the way.

This field started out tough and it’s only gotten tougher and more distilled.

Despite being just 36 years old, Arieh is a WSOP veteran compared to most players competing these days. He won his first bracelet back in 1999.

In addition to his two victories he finished third in the 2004 Main Event for $2.5 million.

Over the course of his 12 years playing tournament poker he’s earned almost $5.9 million.

While the top four players on the leaderboard aren’t exactly nobodies, the casual poker fan’s eye will be drawn to the man sitting in fifth place, Phil Hellmuth.

Hellmuth has already shown he’s got the right stuff this summer, finishing second on two occasions in $10,000 buy-in, non-Hold’em events.

If he can post a big result in this high-roller mixed-game tournament it’s going to be tough to dismiss him as just a No-Limit donkament specialist any longer.

To list the other notables still in this event would mean listing every player with chips left in front of them.

To save time just click through to the end of day chip counts.

Tomorrow players will try to make it down to the final eight, but time - and the 10-level rule - will tell whether they’ll reach that goal or not.

While the final table may elude us, they’ll definitely be making the money. That kicks in with 16 players left.

This year’s Player’s Championship began with 128 players. 74 of those players made it to Day 3.

Among those who were eliminated today were Steve Sung, Steve Billirakis, Brian Hastings, Sorel Mizzi, Jennifer Harman, Erick Lindgren, Fabrice Soulier, Carlos Mortensen and John Racener.

Top 10 chip counts below, courtesy of

  1. Josh Arieh – 1,819,000
  2. Brian Rast – 1,633,000
  3. George Lind – 1,304,000
  4. Vladimir Shchemelev – 1,181,000
  5. Phil Hellmuth – 1,174,000
  6. Scott Seiver – 1,137,000
  7. Jason Lester – 984,000
  8. Jon Turner – 948,000
  9. Yan Chen – 887,000
  10. Shaun Deeb – 876,000

Gus Hansen sits in 11th with 774,000. is providing live coverage of this event. Click here for our $50k Player’s Championship Live Updates.

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