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2019 WSOP: $10,000 Main Event Day 3 sees 1,286 Players Survive, Ryan Pochedly as Bubble Boy

Tags: 2019 WSOP, Bertrand Grospellier, Ryan Pochedly, Sam Greenwood.
Posted on 09 July 2019 by "T".

On Monday, July 8, Day 3 of the 2019 WSOP $10,000 Main Event kicked off at 12 noon local time. Day 3 is composed of all the survivors of Days 2ab and Day 2c in a combined field.

2019 WSOP: Event #73: $10,000 NLHE MAIN EVENT

  • Schedule: July 3 to July 16, 2019
  • Venue: Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Remaining: 1,286

A total of 2,880 players returned but only 1,286 survived when Day 3 ended.

Chip Leader of the Pack
The second-biggest WSOP Main Event in history saw a field of 8,569 player entries chopped down to 1,286 hopefuls as the money bubble burst within the final minutes of the 5th level on Day 3. This means each player who survived in this event so far is guaranteed a payday of at least $15,000.

Day 3 saw Preben Stokkan as the chip leader who bagged 2,184,000 chips. He said at the end of the day, "I started the day with 93,000. I had a pretty good start. I was up to like 180,000 pretty early in the first level. But I blew it all on a huge bluff, but I saved myself one chip. I almost went all-in but he over shoved, and I folded. So, I had 5,000 left on the first break and spun it up from there."

The Norwegian pro said his hot streak continued in a big pot, "I had a pretty crazy hand against a French guy on my table where I opened from under the gun and he had 600,000 behind. I had him covered, it was right before the bubble. He three-bet me to 40,000, I four-bet to 100,000 with aces. He called. The flop came ace-nine-deuce rainbow. He check-called 40,000. The turn was a four, rainbow board still. He checks, I bet 120,000, he jams! I had top set and he had pocket sevens. Yeah, that was a crazy hand."

Trailing behind Stokkan are Andrew Brokos (1,906,000), Ryan Dodge (1,800,000), Galen Hall (1,658,000), Cassio Pisapia (1,646,000) and Chris Hunichen (1,618,000).

Two former WSOP Main Event champs are still in the scene, hoping they could repeat their victorious history: Chris Moneymaker (681,000) and Qui Nguyen (669,000). Moneymaker started the day with a short stack and gradually added more chips as the day progressed, Nguyen meanwhile began with a fairly huge stack but went below the average, yet he managed to bounce back once again before the day ended.

Other notable players who made include partypoker ambassador Bertrand Grospellier (727,000), Mike Matusow (515,000), Todd Brunson (260,000), Sam Greenwood (220,000) and Alex Foxen (183,000).


Those Who Didn't Make It
Former WSOP Main Event champs Joe Hachem, Johnny Chan, Scotty Nguyen, and defending champ John Cynn were among the thousands of hopefuls that unfortunately had to leave empty-handed.

Even other notable players weren't spared. Asi Moshe, Benjamin Pollak, Faraz Jaka, Igor Kurganov, John Esposito, Nick Schulman, Phil Hui, and 2018 runner-up Tony Miles were the unlucky ones to run out of chips before the day ended.

A big highlight for Day 3 was the one elimination that made players in the Pavilion and Amazon rooms feel happy and excited was that of Ryan Pochedly, who ended up as the bubble boy of the 2019 WSOP Main Event. He may end up with no payday in this WSOP Main Event, but he's not leaving empty-handed because he received an entry to the 2020 WSOP Main Event, absolutely for free!


Here's the list of End-of-Day Chip Counts, showing the top 20 spots for Day 3:

The 2019 WSOP Main Event, in Numbers

After the money bubble has burst, the 1,286 remaining were asked to bag and tag their chips.
They shall return for Day 4 at noon local time, with 6:26 minutes left in level 15, at blinds of 3,000/6,000 with a big blind ante of 6,000.




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11 comments on "2019 WSOP: $10,000 Main Event Day 3 sees 1,286 Players Survive, Ryan Pochedly as Bubble Boy"

 dule-vu09/07/2019 12:14:12 GMT
final stage begin,we are in prize pool and at least 15 K for every player that survived till today!almost 1300 players and this will be long fight for every chip!in few days we will see who is new main event champion and who will be reach fro 10 million dollars!
 crankmuppet09/07/2019 14:54:47 GMT
Why does his belt read W5OP (five instead of ess) instead of WSOP?
 pajalnick09/07/2019 14:58:36 GMT
compared with the previous day, the number of participants decreased by more than 2 times ... which of course is very interesting .... I hope that in the next days there will also be no similar reduction in the number of participants .... and very soon it will be possible to watch the final tables .. .. Which of course would be very interesting .... who knows where you can watch the live broadcast?
 Serpang10/07/2019 05:08:28 GMT
Chip leader's day 3 mentality is really amazing, just 5000 chips left he can built it up to huge chips, should be correct time to play the last chance, very lucky. Typical luck like that mostly will bring player to huge prize. Let's we see....
 CALICUL10/07/2019 12:56:22 GMT
It is good because all players, they got into the money and they escaped of a pressure in addition. The players remain in this game will fight to try to win a special tournament. WSOP 50 anniversary and a $ 10 million prize for 1st is something amazing. I want to see a good final table.
 Mober10/07/2019 14:04:50 GMT
You can play lots and lots of tournaments, but being the bubble in this one,
must hurt the most Smile
Not only for the money, that is a considerable amount, but also finishing in the pay outs,
in the most recognized tournament there is nowadays.
 CALICUL11/07/2019 13:09:29 GMT
The amount is considerable but live or online poker has always offered big sums for winners of 1st places. There is nothing wrong here but if i were in their place, i could calculate some tournaments with good prizes for many players. Of course the final table will not take such big prizes, but players can also be very pleased because there will be more players who will earn extra money for a good bankroll.
 dule-vu11/07/2019 13:39:37 GMT
you can imagine that feel when from 8569 players you come so close to prize pool and then you lost just one place before it!ofcourse somebody must be on that place,but how unlucky you have to be that you must be on that position!its not just about money,its about to be at some paid place at such a big tournament!
 pajalnick11/07/2019 16:24:25 GMT
Of course, when they participate in a tournament with such a large number of players and only a few players remain before the prizes play, it becomes very difficult ... it is difficult to play even with a good card, since the opponent can get a win with a much weaker card ... and in the end you will fly out from the tournament and get nothing
 Serpang12/07/2019 02:59:27 GMT
Bubble is really critical moment,especially when had poor stack, many time I lost even have big card and shove it. If not take the chance blind will killing us ,mostly didn't get good card anymore and if I survive just get lowest prize Question Question
 CALICUL12/07/2019 13:24:35 GMT
The prizes in this tournament are great for many players. This is not a surprise because here was a lot of money and their division is done in a good way. would like the online tournaments to grow and many players to won godd money.

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