Only 17 of the original 558 players remain in Event #39: $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better, and leading the way with over 20 percent of the chips in play is Matt Vengrin. Vengrin was the only player to bag over quarter of a million chips, stuffing 504,500 chips into his bag. The next closest players are Tony Gill and Joseph Hertzog, who both finished the evening with 249,500 chips.
Joining Vengrin, Gill, and Hertzog, on Day 3 are Canadian notables Mike Leah and Daniel Idema, Poker Hall of Famer Linda Johnson, four-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Artie Cobb, Kristy Gazes, and a very short-stacked "Back-to-Back" Layne Flack, is looking for bracelet number seven.
Day 2 started with 155 players, and only 56 would make the money. Among the players who fell before the money bubble arrived were Phil Ivey, Cyndy Violette, Nikolai Yakovenko, Yuval Bronshtein, Matt Grapenthien, Dario Minieri, Norman Chad, Ali Eslami, and four-time WSOP bracelet winner Tom Schneider.
The bubble burst at the end of Level 13, where David Levi's eighty-seven low was crushed by Eugene Castro's flush and eighty-six low.
After Levy's elimination a flurry of players were sent to the cage, including Adam Friedman (49th), Phil Hellmuth (42nd), David "Bakes" Baker (38th), Jason Mercier (36th), Toby Lewis (35th), Bryan Devonshire (31st), and Barry Greenstein (21st).
The day ended with the eliminations of Reza Golestani and William Kohler, and Vengrin crippling Flack. The remaining 17 players will return tomorrow at 2 p.m. in the Blue Section of the Amazon Room, where they will play down to a winner. Be sure to join us then for all of the live updates straight from the tournament floor.