WSOP 2012: Come together...over Day 3

wsop-130x100.pngYou should know this: there are two chimpanzees loose in Las Vegas. Running rampant. Police officers have already fired their weapons once. A school is on lockdown. The people of Las Vegas are being asked to stay in their homes.

On almost any other day, this would be the biggest news. Seriously. You can't beat monkeys on the loose. But this is Day 3 of the World Series of Poker, the first time every player in the tournament has played at the same time in the same building. All the flights have merged, and it's now just one big battle royale to make it to the end of the day.

Everyone who busts out today with get...nothing. Nada. Zilch. Unless something really weird happens, we won't be making the money until tomorrow. This is the day where the bust-outs will have expended the most effort for no payback. In short, today is going to be very bad for more than 700 people.

Of the 1,765 players sitting down in their seats right now, 15 of them are Team PokerStars Pros. Included are last year's champion, Pius Heinz, and Team Pro's only gold bracelet winner of the year, Vanessa Selbst. Here's how they stack up.

Vanessa Selbst -- 350,400
Eugene Katchalov -- 330,900
Daniel Negreanu -- 277,200
Christophe de Meulder -- 191,600
Marcel Luske --147,800
Liv Boeree -- 104,300
Jason Mercier -- 100,700
Juan Manuel Pastor -- 99,800
Salvatore Bonavena -- 74,500
Jan Heitmann -- 61,000
Alex Kravchenko -- 44,100
Pius Heinz -- 36,300
Barry Greenstein -- 15,400
Vicky Coren -- 7,100

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Vanessa Selbst leading Team Pro into Day 3

Today is another five-level day. It will play out like all five days we've worked here so far this year (except of course, there are chimpanzees on the loose outside).

Stick with us, as we keep tabs on Team Pro's quest to bring home gold in 2012. Now we commence with monkeying around.

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in World Series of Poker