WSOP Main Event Day 3 Level 11: Former Champs Fall Early, Somerville Takes Lead

Jason Somerville has been near the top of the chip counts for the better part of this Main Event, but now everyone's looking up at him after a big hand early on Day 3. (Heather Borowinski photo)

For the first time in 2012, the entire World Series of Poker Main Event field is in the building at the same time. A small portion of the field began the day in the Pavilion Room, but those tables have been broken and the field is now down to two rooms of players. There were 1,738 to start the day, but more than 200 players hit the rail during the first two hours of play on Day 3.

Jason Somerville ended Day 1B in ninth place and Day 2B in 17th, but he found a great spot very early in Level 11 to improve even further. “Well the tower of doom has turned into the tower of boom as i win a 3 way all in with JJ vs AK and AQ,” Tweeted Somerville. “KJKT2 and i got 550k+.” GaĆ«lle Baumann, who began the day as chipleader, is chipping up as well and is near 550,000 herself. While these two and a number of other players continue to build upon their stacks, a few players who know something about success in the Main Event made their exits in Level 11.

Defending Champion Pius Heinz Eliminated

Defending WSOP Main Event Champion Pius Heinz was shortstacked to enter the day, and he made his stand in the first 20 minutes of Level 11. He managed to pick up pocket sixes, but ran into pocket aces and got no help from the board as his attempt at another deep Main Event run ended early on Day 3. He was gracious in his exit, and even went over to one of the adjacent featured tables to shake Ben Lamb’s hand as he exited the Amazon Room for the final time in 2012.

Peter Eastgate Gone Too

Heinz wasn’t the only former champion to fall during Level 11, as Peter Eastgate got involved in a bit post-flop raising war in the early stages of Day 3. In this hand we pick up the action on a 5 3 2 flop, and there’s a lot of it. Nghi Van Tran led out for 5,100 from early position, Eastgate raiesed to 12,500, and Tran clicked it back to 20,100. Eastgate returned the favor and all but min-raised to 40,000, which was met with an all-in bet from Tran, which Eastgate called.

Tran was in the lead with T T but Eastgate had plenty of outs with A 6, giving him an overcard, gutshot straight draw, and the nut flush draw. Tran kept repeating the same phrase, “Black”, as he hoped to dodge all of Eastgates cards. The 7 kept Tran ahead, and the 8 would be the final card of the tournament for the 2008 Main Event champion.

Phil Galfond Uses Donation to Build Stack

Largely considered one of the best high stakes players in the world, Phil Galfond probably isn’t used to players just giving him chips but that’s basically what it looked like in a blind vs blind confrontation. With 4,200 in the pot, and the board showing 8 4 2 Surapaneni Ramanadharao bet exactly that amount and Galfond fired back 8,400. Ramanadharao then re-raised to 16,800 and Galfond slowed down to think about his decision. A minute later he announced raise and bet 33,600 and Ramanadharao moved all-in for just under 70,000. Galfond called and showed 4 2 for bottom two pair and then focused on Ramanadharao’s cards as they hit the felt; K 6. The 3 turn and J river didn’t at all improve Ramanadharao’s hand and he was out of the tournament while Galfond built his stack up to 250,000.

ESPN is in the House

Day 3 of the Main Event means that the ESPN camera crews are out in full force. The main feature table has Daniel Negreanu front and center while recent Big One for One Drop winner Antonio Esfandiari is on the secondary feature table. The portable hole card cameras are also back this year and they’ve been focused on Johnny Chan’s table in the Amazon Room.

Yuval Brohnshtein Making Moves Early

Yuval Bronshtein made two final tables during the 2012 WSOP, and he’s making an early push towards a third with how he’s starting Day 3. Ronnie Kaiser opened to 3,300 in middle position, the hijack three-bet to 7,300, and it folded to Bronshtein on the button. Bronshtein cold four-bet, the blinds folded, and it was back to Kaiser, who five-bet to 41,300, and the third player got out of the way. Bronshtein made a sixth and final bet, all-in for 147,900 total, sending Kaiser into the tank. Eventually Kaiser folded, and Bronshtein picked up the pot without a showdown.

Kaiser would open the action from middle position shortly thereafter, and Bronshtein flat called in late position. A third player three-bet to 11,600 from the blinds, Kaiser folded, and Bronshtein dropped the hammer, putting his opponent all-in. After a moment of thought, he called off his last 70,000 but Bronshtein had him crushed with K K against his 8 8. The board ran out 9 7 3 7 4 and Bronshtein eliminated a player to increase his stack to over 300,000.

Maria Ho Chips Up Too

Maria Ho started strong and has been well above average in each of the first two days, and she’s continuing to accumulate chips early in Day 3. A middle position player opened from Seat 4 and Ho, in Seat 7 on the button, three-bet to 7,500. Seat 4 called and they saw a flop of K T 8, bringing a check, a bet of 8,000 from Ho, and a call to bring the T on the turn. Seat 4 check-called 12,000 on the turn and the river was the 2. It was checked to Ho, who bet 17,000, which was called by Seat 4, and Ho tabled A A to scoop a nice pot and build her stack to 240,000.

Notable Eliminations

Adam Levy
“99 vs AKo. 4 bricks, river King. #oof #getemnextyear”

John Racener
“Busted main event tens to aces for 40k each pre flop. I’ll be back next year”

Barry Greenstein
“Shoved with 98o on the button for 9BB. Called by Joseph Cheong with Kc3c in big blind. Board K944A. I’m out. #wsop61″

Brandon Adams
“Tough game. Raised 1st hand and took down blinds and antes. Raised next hand w AA. Bb defends kj, then gets in on J45. Board comes 4, J.”

Andrew “Baluga Whale” Seidman
“Busto 2nd hand of day 3. I reship kto get called by a7s and miss. Gg playas”

Pius Heinz
Peter Eastgate
Sammy Farha
Ryan Eriquezzo

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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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