WSOP 2014: Main Event field set to come together for Day 3
Finally, after five days of preliminary flights, we're headed to the day where the entire remaining 2014 WSOP Main Event field comes together. It's a day where thousands of people will show up to work hard, hundreds will disappear with nothing to show for it, and hundreds more will be able to come back on Friday for a chance of leaving Las Vegas with a Main Event cash.
Late Tuesday night, three people with Red Spades on their arm had punched their ticket for Day 3. Chris Moneymaker led the PokerStars field with 222,000 in chips. Fellow Team Pro Bryan Huang bagged up 168,700. Gabe Nassif, the PokerStars.fr Team Online member, is holding on with 24,000.
There was a huge crew of PokerStars players looking to join them, including Daniel Negreanu, Jake Cody, Joe Cada, Vanessa Rousso, Victor Ramdin, Mickey Petersen, Randy Lew (he of the so-called Randy Lew Syndrome), Barry Greenstein, Theo Jorgensen, Humberto Brenes, Jonathan Duhamel, Fatima Moreira de Melo, Marcel Luske, Alex Kravchenko, Matthias de Meulder, and Leo Margets.
Not all of them survived, but some of poker's finest will be joining Moneymaker and friends on Day 3, including the determined Daniel Negreanu (who is somewhere very close to the Main Event players' average age). We will have full chip counts for the PokerStars players when they're provided by the WSOP staff and post them HERE.
When the day began, we had our eyes on PokerStars' Dutch contingent who were looking to make it to another day and hoping their team did the same. They had their eyes on the World Cup semi-final versus Argentina. Marcel's Luske's day ended about the same time as the Oranje's life in the World Cup.
Luske was joined on the rail by two-time bracelet-winner Joe Cada, Vanessa Rousso, Leo Margets, Victor Ramdin, and Team Online player Mickey Petersen.
While the WSOP plays out, tons of players are talking about the Chad Brown memorial coming this Sunday at Binion's. If you're in town, it's a wonderful opportunity to honor Brown's legacy and play in an amazing charity tournament at the same time.
As for the WSOP Main Event, Day 3 starts off at noon PT Thursday. We'll be back then to see if Moneymaker and his band of merry Team Pros and Team Onliners can make a deep run this year. Remember: it's all about the preparation.
See you then.