Event #65: $10,000 Main Event

Yu Doubles

• Level 11: 800-1,600, 200 ante

With roughly 9,000 in the middle and the flop reading {3-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{Q-Spades}, Jeremy Dresch bet out 3,600 only to have Ben Yu three-bet shove for 27,500. After some consideration, Dresch made the call to put Yu at risk.

Dresch: {A-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}
Yu: {10-Hearts}{8-Hearts}

With Yu trailing with his flush draw, the {Q-Hearts} on the turn would ensure he took the lead, and once the river faded with the {8-Spades}, Yu doubled to 64,000 as Dresch slipped to 121,000 in chips.

Jeremy Dresch us
Jeremy Dresch
us 121,000 121,000
Ben Yu us
Ben Yu
us 64,000 64,000

Tagovi: Ben YuJeremy Dresch

A Four Keeps a Dream Alive

[user20283] • Level 11: 800-1,600, 200 ante

This year's World Series of Poker Main Event is all about keeping your dream of winning $10,000,000 alive as long as possible. Just now, on the very first hand of the day, it was Jeffrey Tanouye who did just that.

Tanouye moved all in for 18,900 from middle position, then it folded to Benton Blakeman who called from the small blind.

Tanouye: {4-Spades}{4-Diamonds}
Blakeman: {A-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}

The flop brought {5-Hearts}{J-Clubs}{9-Hearts} to give Blakeman a pair of jacks, and Tanouye started gathering his belongings just minutes after sitting down. The turn was the {6-Clubs}, bringing no help to the all-in player. But a very fortunate {4-Clubs} on the river kept Tanouye's dream alive.

This early double-up will give Tanouye some more room to play, but a long road lies ahead for him and the hundreds of other hopefuls wanting to make the money.

Benton Blakeman US
Benton Blakeman
US 75,000 75,000
Jeffrey Tanouye us
Jeffrey Tanouye
us 44,000 44,000

Tagovi: Benton BlakemanJeffrey Tanouye

Play Underway

• Level 11: 800-1,600, 200 ante

Following a few words from Jack Effel, the cards are now in the air for Day 3 of the Main Event!

Level:
11
Blinds:
800/1,600
Ante:
200

Phil Ivey Leads To Start Day 3; Multiple Main Event Champions Still Alive

Chip leader Phil Ivey
Chip leader Phil Ivey

Welcome back to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino and the 2014 World Series of Poker for Day 3 of the Main Event!

Five days ago the final event of the series kicked off with players partaking in three different Day 1 flights before an additional two Day 2 flights were played. Today, however, the entire field will be combined for the first time. They'll begin spread throughout the Amazon, Brasilia, and Pavilion rooms, but by day's end it is likely that everyone will finally be located in one room as eyes will be locked on reaching the money-paying top 693.

The 6,683-player field has now been trimmed down to just 1,864, and although losing two-thirds of the field may be a tough ask, it will be in the mindsets of many as being able to head home with $18,406 locked up will make tonight's sleep a bit easier.

One of those players with goals much loftier then a min-cash is chip leader and 10-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Ivey who ended Day 1c second in chips before using that momentum — and a handy double elimination with a full house — to motor up the chip counts to be the overall chip leader with 505,000. Timothy Stansifer (481,500), Paul Mestre (477,900), and Thomas Cannuli (407,800) also return to big stacks while notables Joe Kuether (401,200), Isaac Baron (387,200), Brian Townsend (361,700), John Hennigan (342,700), and Martin Jacobson (342,700) are likewise perched high on the leaderboard.

Previous World Champions such as Phil Hellmuth, Joe Hachem, Joe Cada, Jonathan Duhamel, Jamie Gold and Jerry Yang may have already been eliminated, but reigning champion Ryan Riess (84,900), back-to-back champion Johnny Chan (46,600), Robert Varkonyi (33,8000) and Huck Seed (96,500) all still remain while 2003 Champion Chris Moneymaker leads all the former title-holders with an impressive 222,000 in chips.

Day 3 Seating Draw (via WSOP.com)

Bracelet winners, first time players, and seasoned veterans all still remain in this 1,864-player field, but by the time they are done today dreams will be broken, bad beats will be endured, and players' goals will have shifted. Day 3 is always a big day in the Main Event as the pressure with every decision now gets greater and greater as the tournament progresses.

The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be on hand once play kicks off at 12:00 p.m. (PDT) to provide extensive live updates from Day 3 of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event as we continue to write the story of the next World Champion!

While we wait for play to begin, check out what Phil Ivey had to say on a break during his strong Day 2c yesterday:

Tagovi: Phil Ivey

Event #65: $10,000 Main Event
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