Robert Mizrachi began Day 3 of the Aruba Poker Classic as an overwhelming chipleader and rather than coast through the day he actually managed to extend his lead as the field played down to 36 players.
Mizrachi finished the day with 743,500 chips, good enough for a 232,000 chip lead over Ty Reiman who bagged up 511,000. Mizrachi’s lead after Day 2 was just north of 100,000 so he more than doubled his advantage over his competition through the 3.5 levels of play it took to get from 86 players to 36.
One of those 50 players whose tournament came to an end was Phil Hellmuth. Running A K into the A A of John Venturini ended the Poker Brat’s run just shortly before the money bubble burst. Venturini finished the day in the top ten in chips. In the history of the Aruba Poker Classic Hellmuth has to cash in the championship event.
Hellmuth wasn’t the only player shown the door on Thursday. Nine players were eliminated after the bubble burst, each walking away with $9,210. Casey Kastle, David Sands, Johan Storakers and Tim West all busted on Thursday and will be leaving the island empty-handed as they ran out of chips before the bubble burst.
Action resumes Friday at 12:30 pm ET and will play down to a nine-handed final table.
2009 Aruba Poker Classic Top 10 Chip Counts
- Robert Mizrachi – 743,500
- Ty Reiman – 511,000
- Brent Roberts – 410,000
- Eric Baldwin – 400,500
- Matthew Ross – 399,000
- Brandon Hall – 350,000
- Jamie Armstrong – 260,500
- Charlie Hook – 251,000
- John Venturini – 248,000
- Max Greenwood – 235,500
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