Event 31: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em



Event 31: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
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Joe Cada Leads The Way as 19 Remain

• Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
Joe Cada Leading The Way
Joe Cada Leading The Way

Less than 48 hours ago, 2,811 different people took their seats in various rooms at the Rio with the dream of being the next World Series of Poker champion. Now, after two days and 21 grueling levels of play, only 19 remain. Leading the field is none other than 2009 Main Event champion Joe Cada who is holding on to a stack of 1,869,000.

Today's play saw 331 runners return to the felt and 297 of those made the money. Among those to grab on to a cash and bust before play ended today are Eric Baldwin, Lauren Kling, Nick Binger, Mohsin Charania, Angel Guillen, Ted Forrest, Erika Moutinho, James Akenhead, Soi Nguyen, and PokerNews' own Chad Holloway.

For those unfamiliar with chip leader Joe Cada, back in 2009 he bested a field of 6,494 players and defeated Darvin Moon heads up to win $8,547,042 in prize money at the 2009 WSOP Main Event. This event is Cada's second cash at the 2012 WSOP with his first of the year coming in Event #14: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout.

No Main Event champion since Carlos Mortensen in 2001 has been able to win a second WSOP bracelet to go along with their Main Event title. If Cada can best the remaining players tomorrow he will become the first Main Event winner of the past decade to put a second bracelet on his wrist.

Hot on Cada's heels is Michael Aron with 1,745,000. Rounding out the top three is Valentyn Shabelnyk who is sitting on 1,391,000 in chips.

Other notable names among the final 19 that are returning tomorrow are Day 1 chip leader Cherish Andrews (1,383,000), Carter Phillips (586,000), Jonathan Poche (491,000), JC Tran (339,000), Dwyte Pilgrim (293,000).

Play will resume at 1:00 PM tomorrow in the Amazon Room where the final 19 players will battle on the felt for the next WSOP gold bracelet and $664,130 in first place money. Join us as we provide all of the latest updates from the tournament floor!

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Day 3 Table and Seat Draw

[user139916] • Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
4481Najib Kamand142,000
4483Jim Kasputis Jr.457,000
4484Dwyte Pilgrim293,000
4487Joe Cada1,869,000
4488Michael Aron1,745,000
4489Jerrimie Pacheco291,000
4491Valentyn Shabelnyk1,391,000
4493Cherish Andrews1,383,000
4494Jonathan Poche491,000
4495Huy Quach410,000
4496Patrick Karschamroon188,000
4497John Nelson550,000
4498Jean Thomas180,000
4511Kevin Huddleston238,000
4512Maximilian Lehmanski908,000
4514Tom Chambers302,000
4517JC Tran339,000
4518Adam Kornuth892,000
4519Carter Phillips586,000

End-of-Day Chip Counts

Joe Cada us
Joe Cada
us 1,869,000
Michael Aron
Michael Aron
1,745,000 215,000
Valentyn Shabelnyk ua
Valentyn Shabelnyk
ua 1,391,000 191,000
Cherish Andrews us
Cherish Andrews
us 1,383,000 -107,000
Maximilian Lehmanski de
Maximilian Lehmanski
de 908,000 128,000
Adam Kornuth
Adam Kornuth
892,000 2,000
Carter Phillips us
Carter Phillips
us 586,000 41,000
John Nelson us
John Nelson
us 550,000
Jonathan Poche us
Jonathan Poche
us 491,000 131,000
Jim Kasputis Jr
Jim Kasputis Jr
457,000 -13,000
Huy Quach
Huy Quach
410,000 70,000
JC Tran us
JC Tran
us 339,000 59,000
Tom Chambers
Tom Chambers
302,000 -218,000
Dwyte Pilgrim us
Dwyte Pilgrim
us 293,000 -175,000
Jerrimie Pacheco us
Jerrimie Pacheco
us 291,000 71,000
Kevin Huddleston
Kevin Huddleston
Patrick Karschamroon us
Patrick Karschamroon
us 188,000 8,000
Jean-Marc Thomas fr
Jean-Marc Thomas
fr 180,000
Najib Kamand gb
Najib Kamand
gb 142,000 -58,000

"We Have a New Chip Leader!"

Joe Cada
Joe Cada

...yelled Joe Cada's rail.

A monster pot in the last three hands of the evening has propelled Cada to the top of the counts.

From the small blind, Manig Loeser raised 30,000 and Joe Cada re-popped it to 77,000 from the big blind. Loeser four-bet to 177,000, but Cada had other ideas. He five-bet jammed with the bigger stack.

Loeser called all in immediately for about 750,000 with {K-Clubs}{K-Hearts} and held a big lead on Cada's {A-Clubs}{K-Spades}. However, the board rolled out {A-Spades}{8-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{5-Spades} as Cada spiked the ace on the flop to not only eliminate Loeser, but take the chip lead in the process.

Joe Cada us
Joe Cada
us 1,869,000 969,000
Manig Loeser de
Manig Loeser
de Ausgeschieden

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• Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante

Tournament staff has announced three more hands before bagging and tagging for the evening.

Kornuth Gets There


Tom Chambers opened to 30,000 under the gun and Baret Grigorian moved all in for 126,000 from the next seat. Adam Kornuth re-raised all in from the cutoff, successfully isolating the pot.

Kornuth: {10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}
Grigorian: {Q-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}

The flop and turn fell {6-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{4-Spades}.

"Stay low," said Grigorian.

River: {10-Clubs}

Kornuth spiked the river to score the elimination.

Adam Kornuth
Adam Kornuth
890,000 60,000
Baret Grigorian us
Baret Grigorian
us Ausgeschieden

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