2012 Main Event: Prepping For Day 4-Friday The 13th
It’s the last stretch of the night, and players are starting to order cocktails. Beer seems to be the liquid of choice, and for some it is the perfect recipe to get rid of the game day jitters enough to get some sleep.
Fighting To Survive
It’s been a long grind today for Dan Harrington who was seemingly stuck on 70,000-80,000 chips for the entire day. He managed to chip up late on Day 3, and stacked about 175,000 chips. However, he wasn't able to keep ahold of them and ended up shipping them off to someone else by the day's end.
Daniel Negreanu also had a rough start, but he got a little of his mojo back and rebuilt some of the damage to get back up around 200,000 chips.
Actor Kevin Pollak made the most of his time on the ESPN feature table; he slowly but steadily chipped up and he sits close to 300,000 chips going into Day 4.
Tournament officials said that they were going to make a special announcement, then they announced that all remaining players are now seated in the Amazon Room. Players didn’t seem to be too excited about that, as they were hoping the announcement meant they were in the money. It seems that making it to the Amazon room isn’t that exciting after all.
However, what is exciting is that somewhere, seated inside the Amazon room is our next Main Event Chamption. It also means that there are several newly made millionaires walking around the Rio.
Phil Galfond Can’t Get There
Phil Galfond spent much of the day yo-yoing between 200,000-300,000 chips, but he picked the wrong time to go on an anti-heater. This cold streak ended his Main Event.
Phil Galfond @PhilGalfond: “Lost a big one. C/r turn with JT on 986Qdd. River 7d and I value bet, called by KJdd. Down to 60k. #frownyface #WSOP”
Phil Galfond @PhilGalfond: “Made what I'm almost sure was a correct river fold, but down to 140k because of it (now is when you count). #WSOP”
Phil Galfond @PhilGalfond: “Just dodged one bullet. Standard reshove spot w A9s but it felt weird. Just called and c/f 6 hi flop. He had AA. 55k”
Phil Galfond @PhilGalfond: “Oh well. Got in J9ss v AQo on Q84ss. Couldn't hit and I'm out. Thanks for all the support, guys. It was a fun ride!”
One of the genuinely nice poker superstars out there, Galfond thanked all his tablemates and wished them good luck before packing up and heading for the rail.
Six More Hands!
As the tournament clock ticked down, the tournament officials announced that there would be six more hands played until the end of the night.
With 768 players coming back for Day 4, only a little more than a hundred need to falter to get to the money. There will be 666 players paid on Friday the 13th.
Unfortunately, Michael Binger, Bret Richey, Phil Galfond, and Will Failla will not be among those getting paid. Each of them had a rough last level and weren’t able to survive the night.
Here is a preliminary look at the top 10 chip counts for the night:
David D’Alesandro 1,100,000
Sean Rice 1,076,000
Leo Wolpert 1,003,000
Ben Greenberg 963,000
A.J. Jejelowo 928,000
Daniel Rudd 834,000
Paul Volpe 820,000
Kyle Keranen 802,500
Benjamin Alcober 789,000
Erik Hellman 770,000
Chip Counts Courtesy of WSOP.com
WSOP Daily Video Show
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