Adrian Diaz & Danny Steinberg Clear 1M, Lead WSOPE Main Event With 24 Left

Danny Steinberg hopes to make his second WSOPE Main Event final table Wednesday, and he's in good shape with the second-biggest stack with 24 players left. (Thomas Keeling photo)

Danny Steinberg hopes to make his second WSOPE Main Event final table Wednesday, and he’s in good shape with the second-biggest stack with 24 players left. (Thomas Keeling photo)

Just one day of poker and 16 eliminations stand between the remaining players in the 2013 WSOP Europe Main Event and a spot at the final table. After losing nearly two-thirds of the field on Day 3, the landscape looks a lot different than it did at the start of play Tuesday.

Adrian Diaz and Danny Steinberg battled it out for a good portion of the day, and they were the only two players who finished above 1 million at the end of the night. Diaz bagged 1,066,000 to pip Steinberg and his 1,009,000, but both players are in good position to make a run towards the final table. It would be Steinberg’s second time in the final eight in the WSOPE Main Event, having already done so in 2010.

Dominik Nitsche had an up-and-down day, but it was mostly up at the end as he ended Day 3 with 768,000, good for fourth place. Fabrice Soulier (756,000) is right behind him in fifth, with Ludovic Lacay (383,000), Shannon Shorr (373,000), Benny Spindler (331,000), Jeremy Ausmus (320,000) and Ravi Raghavan (222,000) in the hunt, too.

It took almost exactly two levels at the start of play Tuesday to get from 69 players down to the exact money bubble at 41. After a short break, they got into it, and it seemed as if it would be a quick and easy bubble with Benny Spindler’s pocket kings taking on a shorter stack’s pocket queens on the second hand of hand-for-hand play, all in preflop.

A queen on the flop saved that player, though, and what followed was a nearly 70 minute period with few all ins. The bubble finally burst just after the level changed as James Alexander, who’s featured prominently in the last few episodes of the WSOP Main Event broadcast, went out at the hands of Scott Clements.

Yann Dion (38th), Marcin Wydrowski (37th), Toddy Terry (35th) and November Niner Jay Farber (34th) each earned a min-cash, while Marc-Andre Ladouceur (29th), Clements (28th), Sam Holden (26th) and finally Daniel Negreanu (24th) earned a small pay bump before hitting the rail.

Negreanu hung on for quite some time on a short stack, but his last stand proved fruitless as he was the last player to go out on Day 3. He immediately jumped into the High Roller after busting out of the Main Event, and it’s his last chance to make a run at the 2013 WSOP Player of the Year award.

They all fared far better than quite a few others, though, as Faraz Jaka, James Dempsey, Shawn Buchanan, David Peters, Aaron Lim, Bryn Kenney and Mark Newhouse each went out on Day 3 before making it into they money.

Play will resume at noon on Wednesday with 87:53 remaining in Level 18 (4,000/8,000, and they’ll play as long as it takes to get from 24 players down to a final table of eight on Wednesday before taking a day off on Thursday as the High Roller final table plays out.

2013 WSOP Europe Main Event – Top 10 Chip Counts – End of Day 3

  1. Adrian Diaz – 1,066,000
  2. Danny Steinberg – 1,009,000
  3. Ivan Tikhov – 809,000
  4. Dominik Nitsche – 768,000
  5. Fabrice Soulier – 756,000
  6. Sergio Aido – 721,000
  7. Ognjen Sekularac – 677,000
  8. Andrei Konopelko – 585,000
  9. Jerome Huge – 549,000
  10. Mark Teltscher – 474,000
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Tim Fiorvanti

Tim Fiorvanti graduated from St. John's University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2008. After several years in the industry, he started working for BLUFF in the summer of 2010. He worked his way up at BLUFF and joined full time as a Senior Writer in April of 2012. Fiorvanti now serves as the Managing Editor of BLUFF. He's a tortured Mets and Jets fan, along with several other frustrating allegiances, but he's also a two-time defending BLUFF Fantasy Football Champion.
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