"ElkY" is World Series of Poker Chip Leader After Day 3Published on July 11th, 2009 5:01 am EST
Day 3 of the 2009 World Series of Poker main event has just wrapped up, and there is a very familiar name on top of the leaderboard - Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier.
"ElkY" will take a stack of approximately 1.38 million with him into Day 4, which is set to begin at 12 pm on Saturday afternoon.
"ElkY" is far ahead at this point; Ludovic Lacay (925k) and Christian Heich (870k) are second and third respectively heading into Day 4 of the event.
Jordan Morgan and Adam "Nestegg" Bilzerian are a couple of the more familiar names who currently have top 10 chip stacks.
810 players currently remain in the event after a full three days of play. Play should slow down considerably on Saturday afternoon, as we are close to busting the money bubble (top 648 pay).
There are some very recognizable names still alive in the event. They include:
Phil Hellmuth (550k)
Kenny Tran (532k)
Justin Bonomo (510k)
Phil Ivey (365k)
David Benyamine (350k)
Peter Eastgate (310k)
Antonio Esfandiari (250k)
Chris Ferguson (222k)
Dan Harrington (200k)
Joe Hachem (180k)
Apparently David Benyamine has not slept in three days due to the cash games that are currently going on at the Bellagio - I wouldn't be surprised if Phil Ivey was in the same situation as well.
There are a number of former main event champions still alive in the tournament, including Chris Ferguson, Phil Hellmuth, Bobby Baldwin, Joe Hachem, Dan Harrington and Peter Eastgate. Eastgate has a chance to become the first back-to-back main event champion since Johnny Chan if he manages to take down this tournament (extremely long odds, but still worth noting).
"ElkY" is on a RIDICULOUS 1 1/2 year tear, and it doesn't surprise me at all to see him doing so well in the main event. "ElkY" has three major tournament wins in the past 18 months, so don't be surprised if he manages to go very deep in this event.
Play will continue at 12 pm local time on Saturday afternoon.
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