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Day 3 of the monster-sized Monster Stack event began with 576 players and at the end of nine 60-minute levels all but 62 of those players had fallen by the wayside.
As an army of players busted, a number of players' stacks grew with Sean Drake's growing the most. Drake's 4,975,000 stack is the largest of any of Sunday's returnees and he therefore has the title of overnight chip leader. He also knows that he is in pole position for the massive $1,327,083 first place prize, which comes with the coveted World Series of Poker bracelet.
Hot on Drake's heels is Austin Bursavich of Los Angeles who narrowly missed out on the chip lead by finishing with 4,915,000 chips. Both Bursavich and Drake will no doubt sleep well tonight knowing they return for Day 4 in a favorable position.
Other players to look out for when play resumes at 3:00p.m. on Sunday afternoon include British trio Lynne Beaumont (3,950,000), Mathew Frankland (1,575,000) and Tom Alner (1,785,000), French pro Ludovic Riehl (1,970,000), the ever-dangerous Jason Duval (3,465,000) and Thayer Rasmussen (3,005,000).
Each of the 62 returning players is guaranteed to win at least $21,758 for their efforts thus far, but by the time play ends on Day 4, that prize money should have increased to around $127,364 if the nine-handed final table is reached.
Until the restart of this epic tournament at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, we say goodnight and thank you for following our coverage.
Play has finished for the evening and these players were the most recent eliminations, earning $17,937 each.
Mathew Frankland opened the preflop betting round with a raise to 100,000 from under the gun. Mark Peckham called on the button and the big blind came along for the ride.
The dealer placed the flop onto the green felt and the action checked to Frankland who bet 140,000. Peckham raised to 325,000 and both players folded.
The next hand, there was a raise to 120,000 from under the gun and the players folded in turn around to Frankland in the big blind. Frankland raised to 265,000 and the initial raiser called. Frankland led out on the and no sooner had his chips landed on the table, his opponent released his hand.
Clement Giraudo-Pourchot's tournament is over after he jammed into Lynne Beaumont's and the latter hand stayed good. Beaumont is now up to 2,600,000 while Giraudo-Pourchot is on his way to collect $17,937.
These players were recently eliminated and received $14,859 each.
A few chip counts as the tournament plays out the last level of Day 3.