They're In the Money! Bubble Bursts, 800 Left in WSOP Main Event
For some poker players, just playing in the $10,000 World Series of Poker Main Event is the culmination of a lifelong poker dream.
For others, it doesn't mean a thing unless you make it past the bubble and collect a hard-earned paycheck from three long and stressful days of poker.
Those in the latter camp rested easier last night as the 2016 Main Event played into the money (and beyond).
Thanks to a flattened payout structure in the past couple of years a total of 1,011 players made the money this year and a min-cash of $15,000.
They blew right past that number yesterday and all the way down to 800 players. Among them are several notable poker superstars including Antonio Esfandiari and Maria Ho.
Esfandiari in Top 10; Hellmuth Last of Big 3 to Bust
Already the owner of the biggest score in poker tournament history, the $18m Big One for One Drop title in 2012, Esfandiari is in great position for a deep run again.
Heading into Day 4 he'll start with 1,381,000 - good for a top 10 stack overall. Belgian pro Kenny Hallaert is the overnight leader at 1.7m.
Among the other notables who will return for the playdown to $8 million are Liv Boeree, Maria Ho, Tom Marchese, Max Silver, Gavin Griffin, Simon Deadman, Max Altergott and Greg Raymer.
Big names who won't be joining them include poker's Big 3 of Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth.
Negreanu and Ivey both busted on Day 2c while Hellmuth survived to Day 3 yesterday before hitting the rail. Here's the current Top 10:
1. Kenny Hallaert 1,709,000
2. Jared Bleznick 1,607,000
3. Duy Ho 1,480,000
4. Kilian Kramer 1,400,000
5. Mark Zullo 1,390,000
6. Myung Mike Shin 1,385,000
7. Antonio Esfandiari 1,381,000
8. Nolan King 1,355,000
9. Jasthi Kumar 1,351,000
10. Farhad Jamasi 1,302,000
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