Jaime Kaplan opened to 32,000 from early position and Dylan Thomassie called, as did Jacobo Fernandez from the big blind. The flop was and Fernandez checked. Kaplan continued for 62,000, Thomassie made the call, and Fernandez folded.
The turn was the and Kaplan checked. Thomassie bet 130,000 and Kaplan called. The river was the and Kaplan checked. Thomassie slid out 250,000 and Kaplan folded, giving the pot to Thomassie.
Dylan Thomassie opened to 32,000 from late position and Ted Gillis made the call from the small blind. The flop was and Gillis checked. Thomassie bet 38,000 and Gillis raised to 76,000. Thomassie made the call and the turn was the . Both players checked to see the river .
Again both players checked and Gillis rolled over . Thomassie tabled for two pair and won the pot.
Welcome to Day 3 of the latest $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event. They started Day 2 with 233 players, quickly reaching the money and then whittling down to just 12 remaining after 10 levels of play. Hiren Patel comes in as the chip leader with an impressive stack of 1,873,000.
A few of the notables that made the money but failed to advance to Day 3 included Jason Somerville, Matt Affleck, and Loni Harwood. Phil Collins was also making a quest for his second final table of the summer, but fell short as he was eliminated early in two-table play for a 16th-place finish.
Johnny “World” Hennigan, Jacobo Fernandez, and Mustapha Kanit also remain, but all will start at quite a chip disadvantage to Patel. Kanit (1,183,000) and Ted Gillis (1,118,000) are the two other players who are over the million-chip mark and Jaime Kaplan (984,000) is close behind.
We are only three eliminations from the final table and 11 eliminations from finding the next WSOP champion. A huge payout of $514,027 awaits today's winner.
Play is set to begin at 1 p.m. local time today. Be sure to follow PokerNews as we bring you the action, including hand-for-hand action of the final table.