The stage is set for defending champion Hanh Tran as Day 3 of Event #33: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw draws near. Play will commence at 2 p.m. local time with 17 players returning to battle for the top prize of $144,027 and the WSOP gold bracelet.
It took two long days and 20 hours of play to make it here with 467 entries total creating a prize pool of $630,450. Play on Day 2 went until the small hours of the morning and saw Tran find himself to be the chip leader at the close of play, bagging 457,000.
Five other former bracelet winners still remain, including Frankie O’Dell - a winner during this 2019 World Series - whose rampant aggression at the end of Day 2 saw him continue to climb into third place on the leaderboard. Joining him in the lineup of bracelet winners still in contention are David Bach (415,000), Benny Glaser (332,000), Carol Fuchs (203,000), and Daniel Strelitz (166,000).
Another player to watch out for is Jared Bleznick, who is just behind Tran in chip counts with 449,000. Bleznick also has history in this event, having received a lifetime ban in 2016 after finding himself down to his last 1,000 with to the of Andrey Zaichenko. Bleznick drew one card and after it did not help him improve, he crumpled up the card and then followed suit with the rest of his hand. The ban ended up being reversed after two days and Bleznick will return again this afternoon, looking to wrap up his unfinished business on the quest for gold.
Who will hoist the bracelet later this afternoon at the record-breaking 2019 World Series of Poker? Find out later today as the PokerNews team will provide continuing coverage of all the action for the rest of the tournament.