WSOP Main Event Day 3: Approaching the Money Bubble – Only 746 Players Left

Maria Ho

On Day 3 of World Series of Poker Main Event the entire field – the remaining players from Day 2ab and Day 2c – were combined for the first time. When the day began 1,864 players took their seats in the Amazon, Brasilia and Pavilion rooms at the Rio, but when the day concluded only 746 players were left. In other words around 100 players were eliminated every hour through out the day.

On Day 3 we lost some great players, among them Kitty Kuo. Kitty Kuo recently finished 3rd in Hollywood Poker Open Championship for $200k, but unfortunately her luck ran out on Day 3 of the Main Event. In the final hand she was all-in with

for her last 29,000 and received at call from an opponent with a pair of eights. An eight hit on the flop, and the Taiwanese pro was sent to the rail:

During the day we also lost Christina Lindney, Fatima Moreira de Melo, Jamie Kerstetter, Danielle Andersen, Linglin Zeng, Leo Margets and Susie Isaacs. Isaacs was all-in for her tournament life four times, until she was finally knocked out:

For Nancy Birnbaum it was quite a rollercoaster day. Birnbaum started the day with 105k, and she had the drive and determination to run it up. At the first break of the day, she had lost a few chips, and was down to 92k. She lost a big pot with AQ vs 99, which saw her stack shrink to 33bb. She was able to grind it up to 100k, but one hour later she was down to 22bb and they all went in, when she was dealt a pair of eights. Unfortunately she was up against a pair of queens, and failed to improve. On Twitter she thanked all her followers for their support:

At the opposite end of the spectrum Marcia Kuntz had a great day, which saw her stack grow to massive 642k and put her in top 40 at the end of the day. Mikiyo Aoki continued her run good and finished the day with 460k in chips. Aoki has had an amazing summer at the WSOP, finishing runner-up in the Ladies Championship for $94,800. Darlene Lee and Ronit Aharoni both crossed the 300,000 mark and ended the day with 373k and 332k respectively with Jennifer Malensek hot on their heels with 273k.

Mixed game player Maria Mayrinck also knows how to play just two cards as she finished the day with 293k. The always entertaining Brasilian also went deep in the six-handed Dealers’ Choice event at this year’s WSOP, where she finished 11th for $7,568.

Canadian pro Laurence Grondin advanced to day 4 with 214k with Maria Ho not far behind with 182k in chips. Whenever Ho sits down at a poker table, it feels like she’s always going deep. She plays every game and she plays them well. This year alone she has cashed in seven (!) events at the WSOP. In 2012 Ho finished runner up in a $5,000 NLHE event for $540,020.

Lisa Tehan (179k), member of PokerStars Team Online Tatiana Barausova (136k), Ruth Graham (111k) and JJ Liu (50k) are all still in contention for the money, the bracelet and the glory.

Stay tuned to follow the remaining ladies on their way to the final table.

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