Poirier, Ruthenberg Terrorize 2011 Main Event Day 3

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After seven days of action, the 2011 WSOP Main Event is starting to take shape.

A total of 1,864 players took to the tournament floor on Day 3 but nearly half hit the rail leaving about 900 players to battle it out tomorrow. 

The relatively unknown Patrik Poirier, from Tupper Lake, NY, thrashed the competition on Day 3, becoming the first player to crack the one million chip mark.

The money bubble will very likely burst tomorrow with the top 693 players getting paid.

Negreanu and Hellmuth Advance

Avid poker fans should be happy to note that two of the games biggest names – Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth – will both be moving on to Day 4.

Negreanu finished with a very decent 207,500 while Hellmuth was starting to run on fumes with his 70,000.

Hellmuth and Negreanu couldn’t have had a more different 2011 WSOP.

Hellmuth is currently leading the Player of the Year race with five cashes and three runner-up finishes for over $1.5 million in cash. Negreanu has cashed a measly two times for $28k.

The Main Event is always the best place for redemption, however, and if Negreanu goes on to win it all he’ll have 8.7 million reasons to remember the 2011 WSOP fondly.

Deeb Devastated, Lamb Dips

Meanwhile Ben Lamb finally cooled down slightly and only bagged up around 350,000 chips. Not bad, but he’s certainly not the chip leader anymore.

Poker pro Shaun Deeb took one of the worst beats on Day 3 when his AA was cracked by Max Heinzelmann’s A-6.

They got all-in preflop for a massive pot and a six came on the flop. A devastating six came on the river and Deeb was crippled in the hand.

Deeb busted shortly thereafter.

There are obviously a ton of pros that won’t be moving on to Day 4 as well.

Annette Obrestad, Jason Alexander, Mike Caro, Noah Boeken, Jason Mercier, Matt Savage, Justin Bonomo, Galen Hall, Patrik Antonius, Sam Stein and Neil Channing all crashed out of the tournament on Day 3.

Notables Returning

Some of the notable players with big stacks include Sebastian Ruthenberg (889k), Peter Jetten (657k), Bryan Devonshire (596k), Amanda Musumeci (528k) and Kevin Saul (392k).

Poirier wasn't the only player to make it over one million chips either as Daryl Jace bagged up 1.2 million.

It’s going to get very interesting over the next few days as some players will be walking away with nothing while others will take home potentially life-changing money.

Day 4 of the 2011 WSOP Main Event begins at 12 p.m. tomorrow.

The 2011 WSOP continues through July 19. For comprehensive coverage live from Las Vegas check PokerListings' Live Updates brought to you by PartyPoker.

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