2019 World Series of Poker

Event #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship
Event Info

2019 World Series of Poker

Main Gagnante
Event Info
Prize Pool
Info Niveau
2,000,000 / 4,000,000

Event #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship

Jour 3 terminé

Preben Stokkan Leads After Day 3 as the Money Bubble Bursts in the 2019 WSOP Main Event

Niveau 15 : 3,000/6,000, 6,000 ante
Preben Stokkan
Preben Stokkan

The second-biggest World Series of Poker Main Event has seen a field of 8,569 entries cut down to the final 1,286 hopefuls as the money bubble burst in the final minutes of the fifth level on Day 3, securing each remaining player of the $10,000 buy-in Main Event a payday of at least $15,000.

All those that bagged and tagged for the night will return at noon local time to their allocated seats in the Amazon and Pavilion Rooms of the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, and at least five levels of two hours are scheduled for Day 4.

Preben Stokkan is the chip leader as the only player above two million, claiming 2,184,000 to his name. It could have been an entirely different story, however, as Stokkan was down to one chip in the first break 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," Stokkan said at the end of the night.

The rise of the poker pro from Norway culminated in the final level of the night as his hot streak continued in a big pot, and Stokkan provided the following details.

"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."

Behind Stokkan, Andrew Brokos once again had a decent day at the tables. Heading into the day as one of the biggest stacks when all survivors of the previous days combined for the first time, Brokos spent most of his day in the Pavilion room and will enter Day 4 with a stack of 1,906,000. Other big stacks and notables include Ryan Dodge (1,800,000), Galen Hall (1,658,000), Cassio Pisapia (1,646,000), Chris "BigHuni" Hunichen (1,618,000), Pavlo Veksler (1,596,000), Julian Pineda (1,467,000), Mark Zullo (1,455,000), Jean-Robert Bellande (1,126,000), and Joseph Cheong (1,068,000).

Three former WSOP Main Event champions are still in the mix for a repeat victory in Chris Moneymaker (681,000), Qui Nguyen (669,000) and Johnny Chan (498,000). While Moneymaker returned with a short stack and consistently added more chips throughout the day, Nguyen went from a fairly big stack to below the average, only to bounce back at the very end of the day.

John Cynn
Defending champion John Cynn eliminated before the money

Former champs Scotty Nguyen, Jim Bechtel, Joe Hachem and defending champion John Cynn were among the thousands of hopefuls that had to leave empty-handed. Cynn saw his title defense come to an end in the final level of the night when his trip sixes ended up second-best to the rivered flush of Julian Sacks.

Many other notables such as John Esposito, Loni Harwood, Asi Moshe, Phil Hui, Nick Schulman, 2018 runner-up Tony Miles, Benjamin Pollak, and Igor Kurganov were among those to run out of chips throughout the five levels of two hours each and won't be adding another WSOP Main Event cash to their resume.

The one elimination that let the players in the Amazon and Pavilion room erupt in celebration was the one of Ryan Pochedly, who ended up as the bubble boy. Pochedly turned top pair and top kicker with ace-king, but Julian Pineda rivered trips sevens when the majority of the chips went in. Pochedly won't leave empty-handed, as he receives an entry to the 2020 WSOP Main Event.

Ryan Pochedly
Bubble Boy Ryan Pochedly

The 2019 WSOP Main Event in Numbers

DayPlayers StartingPlayers Late ReggingPlayers Total for DayPlayers Total CumulativePlayers Surviving

The cards will be back at noon with 6:26 minutes remaining in level 15 at blinds of 3,000/6,000 with a big blind ante of 6,000. The PokerNews live reporting team will be there every step of the way as the players go from having cashed in the Main Event to trying to make the latter stages of the event itself.

Tags: Andrew BrokosChris MoneymakerFaraz JakaGalen HallIgor KurganovJoe HachemJohn CynnJohn EspositoJohnny ChanJoseph CheongJulian SacksMark ZulloNick SchulmanPavlo VekslerPhil HuiPreben StokkanQui NguyenRyan PochedlyScotty NguyenTony Miles

End-of-Day Chip Counts (complet)

Niveau 15 : 3,000/6,000, 6,000 ante
Joueur Jetons Progression
Preben Stokkan no
Preben Stokkan
2,184,000 236,000
Day 3 Chip Leader
Andrew Brokos us
Andrew Brokos
1,906,000 706,000
Ryan Dodge us
Ryan Dodge
1,800,000 210,000
Galen Hall us
Galen Hall
WSOP 1X Winner
Cassio Pisapia br
Cassio Pisapia
1,640,000 290,000
Chris Hunichen us
Chris Hunichen
1,618,000 -12,000
Pavlo Veksler ua
Pavlo Veksler
1,594,000 -9,000
Duey Duong us
Duey Duong
1,576,000 196,000
Jake Daniels us
Jake Daniels
1,560,000 1,415,200
John Patgorski us
John Patgorski
1,524,000 104,000
Julian Pineda co
Julian Pineda
1,467,000 67,000
Tobias Duthweiler de
Tobias Duthweiler
1,462,000 899,000
Mark Zullo us
Mark Zullo
1,455,000 215,000
Tony Sinishtaj us
Tony Sinishtaj
1,442,000 22,000
Daniel Charlton gb
Daniel Charlton
1,412,000 172,000
Alexander Zeligman gb
Alexander Zeligman
1,406,000 106,000
David Cabrera Polop mx
David Cabrera Polop
1,346,000 938,900
Robin Hegele de
Robin Hegele
1,337,000 877,000
John Hashem ca
John Hashem
1,306,000 336,000
Xixiang Luo cn
Xixiang Luo
1,297,000 1,145,100
Dylan Meier us
Dylan Meier
1,295,000 729,700
Kane Lai us
Kane Lai
1,290,000 283,000
Artur Koren at
Artur Koren
1,280,000 890,000
Christian Stratmeyer de
Christian Stratmeyer
1,271,000 221,000
Charles Nelson Robinson us
Charles Nelson Robinson
1,261,000 61,000

Lire Plus

Day 3 Completed

Niveau 15 : 3,000/6,000, 6,000 ante

Once the money bubble has burst, the remaining 1,286 players were asked to bag and tag their chips. They will be back for Day 4 at noon local time with 6 minutes and 26 seconds left in level 15.

Assorted chip counts and a recap of today's action are to follow.

Ryan Pochedly Bubbles the 2019 WSOP Main Event

Niveau 15 : 3,000/6,000, 6,000 ante

Tournament officials announced that dealers should hold up at the end of their hand in order to start hand-for-hand play on the direct money bubble.

One of the hands that was still in progress during this period resulted in Ryan Pochedly standing up looking decidedly dejected. He had been eliminated from the Main Event at the hands of Julian Pineda.

 Ryan Pochedly
Ryan Pochedly

Pineda filled us in on the details and explained that Pochedly had opened to 14,000 from under the gun and Colombian player Pineda had three-bet to 42,000. Pochedly called and checked the {7-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{3-Spades} flop to his opponent who bet 18,000.

Pochedly called and the turn {k-Diamonds} was checked by both players. The river was the {7-Clubs}. Pochedly checked for the third time and Pineda moved all in.

According to Pineda, Pochedly had around 300,000 in chips behind and called it off with {a-}{k-} for two pair only to be met by the {6-Spades}{7-Spades} of Pineda for rivered trips.

After a short period of clarification by the WSOP tournament officials, Pochedly was announced as the bubble boy in the 2019 WSOP Main Event, receiving entry to the 2020 Main Event from Jack Effel as a consolation prize.

Ryan Pochedly
Ryan Pochedly

Players are now bagging up at the end of Day 3.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Julian Pineda co
Julian Pineda
1,400,000 1,082,200
Ryan Pochedly us
Ryan Pochedly

Tags: Julian PinedaRyan Pochedly

Daniels Utilizes Inch-Perfect Abuse on the Bubble

Niveau 15 : 3,000/6,000, 6,000 ante

Following a raise from under the gun, Jake Daniels flatted in middle position before a player in the big blind three-bet to 45,000. Daniels called and they went to a flop of {3-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}. Daniels called another 50,000.

The {3-Diamonds} turn saw the big blind fire a small bet of 20,000 and Daniels raise to 165,000. He received a call.

The river was the {9-Hearts} and the big blind led out again, making it 60,000 and leaving himself with 196,000 behind. Daniels announced he was all in and the other player tanked for a while, standing up.

"If you fold I'll show you ace-three," Daniels said, drinking wine.

The other player lifted his cards, looking at {a-}{k-}, and then folded.

Daniels did as he promised, he showed his hand, but... his holdings had nothing to do with ace-three as he tabled {5-Hearts}{4-Hearts} for absolute air.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Jake Daniels us
Jake Daniels
1,350,000 539,000

Tags: Jake Daniels

Capriles Holds With Queens

Niveau 15 : 3,000/6,000, 6,000 ante

The noise is getting louder in the Amazon room and one of the players that ended up at risk was Miguel Capriles.

"I am a nice guy to be around," he joked at the table and in the next hand Capriles three-bet shoved for 55,000. Initial raiser Gabriel Andrade from under the gun called with {a-Hearts}{10-Hearts} and Capriles turned over {q-Spades}{q-Diamonds}, which held up on a board of {j-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{8-Clubs}{7-Diamonds} as the ESPN crew rushed by to film the showdown.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Gabriel Andrade ec
Gabriel Andrade
727,000 357,400
Miguel Capriles ve
Miguel Capriles
125,000 5,000

Tags: Miguel CaprilesGabriel Andrade

Loehrs Doubles Through Steinberg on the Bubble

Niveau 15 : 3,000/6,000, 6,000 ante

Max Steinberg raised from the late position and Jason Loehrs three-bet in the cutoff. Action folded back to Steinberg who tanked and then shoved with the bigger stack. Loehrs called for the 252,000 he had behind.

Jason Loehrs: {a-Hearts}{q-Hearts}
Max Steinberg: {q-Spades}{q-Clubs}

The board ran out {k-Spades}{5-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{2-Hearts} for Loehrs to turn a Broadway to double on the bubble.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Jason Loehrs us
Jason Loehrs
519,000 264,000
Max Steinberg us
Max Steinberg
32,000 -274,000
WSOP 1X Winner

Tags: Jason LoehrsMax Steinberg

2017 Bubble Boy Zhou in Action on Bubble

Niveau 15 : 3,000/6,000, 6,000 ante
Quan Zhou earlier in the summer
Quan Zhou earlier in the summer

A player opened to 14,000 and then, according to players at his table, Quan Zhou picked up a 100,000 chip and announced "Seven."

The floor was called and it was ruled just a call. Both players checked the {8-Hearts}{3-Spades}{k-Hearts} flop and the pre-flop raiser check-called 13,000 on the {j-Clubs} turn. The river {q-Diamonds} was checked by both players.

Zhou's opponent turned over {a-Diamonds}{j-Spades} and Zhou mucked saying he held pocket tens.

Zhou bubbled the 2017 WSOP Main Event after running a big bluff into Davidi Kitai. He looks safe for now with a stack of 350,000 chips.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Quan Zhou cn
Quan Zhou
350,000 200,000

Tags: Quan Zhou

Phan Doubles Through Hunichen Five off the Money

Niveau 15 : 3,000/6,000, 6,000 ante
John Phan
John Phan

John "The Razor" Phan raised from under the gun, Chris Hunichen three-bet to 92,000 from middle position, Phan reraised to 92,000 (leaving 1,000 behind) and Hunichen thought for a bit before he called.

The flop was {k-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}{4-Spades}, Phan bet his remaining 1,000 and Hunichen called.

Phan: {a-Spades}{k-Hearts}
Hunichen: {10-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}

The {2-Clubs} turn and {9-Hearts} river completed the board, safe for Phan to double up.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Chris Hunichen us
Chris Hunichen
1,630,000 -70,000
John Phan us
John Phan
201,000 51,000

Tags: Chris HunichenJohn Phan