Isaac Baron Soars to Main Event Chip Lead; Ivey Still Lurking

Isaac Baron has used early Day 3 action to ride his way to the top. (Drew Amato photo).

Isaac Baron has used early Day 3 action to ride his way to the top. (Drew Amato photo).

Coming into Day 3 of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event all of the talk was focused on overnight chipleader Phil Ivey but through the first three levels of play a new set of names have emerged, including by Isaac Baron who sits atop the chip counts with 857,000.

“Mostly big pots (today). I had a huge hand early where I flopped a set over another set and then I got luck with ace-queen against queens” said Baron. “Besides that I’ve just been staying afloat, haven’t been winning or losing any chips besides those two pots.”

Baron won a big pot early, eliminating Andrew Lichtenberger to send his stack soaring. Raul Mestre came into the day with the second biggest stack and still finds himself with a top five stack. The Spanish poker pro is right behind Baron, with 825.000.

“This table is tougher than the other tables I’ve had so far in this tournament. It’s probably the toughest one so I’m just playing pretty tight and not do anything too fancy,” said Baron.

Ivey hasn’t made much progress on Day 3 but still has 455,000 chips.

The day started with 1,871 players still chasing the Main Event dream and $10 million payday. Through the first three levels though, only 1,083 players have survived. Play started with all three rooms – Pavillion, Brasilia and Amazon – all in play but as the players headed to dinner only the Brasilia and Amazon, where all players will end up, are still in play.

No matter which remaining player ultimately takes down the title this November they will be a new world champion. Reigning champ Ryan Riess busted in Level 13 and was gracious and thankful with his exit.

Thank you everyone for all the support over the last year. It has been one hell of a ride

— Ryan Riess (@RyanRiess1) July 11, 2014

There were a number of big name bustouts in the early action of Day 3 including reigning WSOP Player of the Year Daniel Negreanu. Other players who were sent packing include Erik Seidel, Humberto Brenes, Matt Ashton, Johnny Chan, Billy Baxter and actor Kevin Pollak.

While Riess is gone, another 2013 November Niner is still in the hunt. Mark Newhouse, who finished ninth last year, has managed to put together another strong run. Newhouse has just over 325,000.

“Not really any huge pots for me. I haven’t really gotten involved in monster pots with big stacks, just been chipping away, raising every hand and running good,” said Newhouse. “I don’t even remember where I was at last year but I didn’t have this many chips on this day. I’m feeling good, I’ve been there before and I’m ready to do it again.”

The current plan is to play two more levels after dinner, however should the rate of eliminations bring action close to the bubble play will stop for the night to allow ESPN, which is only broadcasting from Day 4 onward, to film the bursting of the bubble on Friday.

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Editor in Chief: Lance Bradley began working with BLUFF in March 2008 and was named Editor in Chief in August 2009. Prior to joining BLUFF Bradley launched an independent poker blog, in 2006. Before entering the world of poker media he was the Poker Room Manager for Bodog from January 2004 until June 2006. He graduated from the Applied Journalism program Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, Canada.
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