An exciting day's play on Day 43 of the 2024 WSOP saw Chance Kornuth and Garth Yettick win gold, while the WSOP Main Event approached the money bubble and Ultra Stack players reached the final day. 

Main Event Nears Bubble as Moreno Maxes Out 

A pulsating day of action in the 2024 WSOP Main Event saw 3,617 start in seats and just 1,524 remain as play got to within seven places of the money bubble in Las Vegas. With a record $94 million prize pool on the line - and a top prize of $10m - the Spanish player Francisco Perez Moreno led the field at the close of play, with a massive stack of 2,187,000 chips - the only player to breach two million chips in the field.

Behind Moreno, Canadian crusher Alex Livingston (1,808,000), American Francis Anderson (1,660,000), high roller hero Ren Lin (1,570,000), and Argentinian superstar Nacho Barbero (1,289,000) all ended Day 3 with over a million chips, while a short way down the leaderboard, Phil Ivey (597,000), Ethan ‘Rampage’ Yau (504,000) and the 2021 Main Event Champion Koray Aldemir (443,000) all lie in wait. 

Some big names thrived, others merely survived, with the 10-time WSOP bracelet winner Erik Seidel (78,000), seven-time winner Daniel Negreanu (74,000) and the reigning 2023 world champion Daniel Weinman (82,000) all hoping they can spin up their 10-11 big blinds stacks tomorrow.

Players to bust on Day 3 of the 2024 Main Event and therefore fail to make a profit included the 2012 world champion Greg Merson, Triple Crown winner Niall Farrell, Mike ‘The Mouth’ Matusow, Andrew ‘Chewy’ Lichtenberger, Brazilian crusher Felipe Ramos, and both PokerGO commentators and bracelet winners Brent Hanks and Nick Schulman. 

WSOP Event #81: $10,000 Main Event Day 3 Chip Counts

Place Player Country Chips
1st Francisco Perez Moreno Spain 2,187,000
2nd Justin Datloff United States 1,819,000
3rd Alex Livingston Canada 1,808,000
4th Marcelo Tadeu Aziz Jnr. Brazil 1,697,000
5th Matt Stout United States 1,670,000
6th Francis Anderson United States 1,655,000
7th Diogo Coelho Portugal 1,631,000
8th Nazar Buhaiov Ukraine 1,631,000
9th Ren Lin United States 1,570,000
10th Clement Van Driessche France 1,552,000

Chance Kornuth Flips Out Over Bracelet #4

Americna poker legend Chance Kornuth won bracelet number four on Tuesday night as he claimed the top prize of $155,446 in the $1,000-entry Flip N Go Event #83 in association with GGPoker. 

After players like Scott Seiver (86th for $2,400), Mike Watson (81st for $2,400), Toby Lewis (65th for $2,818), Chris Brewer (59th for $3,135). Brad Owen (21st for $6,855), and Shaun Deeb (14th for $8,412) all fell short, Kornuth won twice with ace-queen against underpairs at the final table, as his three entries into the event totalling just $3,000 paid off. 

Canadian Mike Leah defeated Xiaoyao Ma in fifth when king-jack couldn't hold against Leah's king-ten and Leah himself lasted only minutes longer, out in fourth place when his pocket fours were beaten by Kornuth's ace-queen. Heads-up was over before it began as Kannapong Thanarattrakul shoved with ace-four in the first hand and lost to Kornuth’s queen-jack when a jack landed on the turn. 

WSOP Event #85: $1,000 GGPoker Flip N Go Final Table Results

Place Player Country Chips
1st Chance Kornuth United States $155,446
2nd Kannapong Thanarattrakul Thailand $103,633
3rd Mike Leah Canada $74,062
4th Sean Whelan United States $53,662
5th Xiaoyao Ma United States $39,428
6th Filipp Khavin United States $29,382
7th Ian Hamilton United Kingdom $22,213
8th John Armbrust United States $17,039
9th Takashi Ogura Japan $13,265

Yettick Upsets Odds in 8-Game Triumph

Garth Yettick was the unlikely winner in Event #83 as he came from having a fifth of Josh Arieh's chips to defeat the six-time bracelet winner heads-up to claim gold for the first time.The $1,500-entry Eight Game Mix 6-Handed event welcomed 494 entrants as a final table of seven players battled it out for the gold bracelet with 14 between them before this was won by a first-timer.

Yettick started perfectly, surviving when his pocket queens made a flush against Xiaochuan Zhang’s pocket kings in PLO before Marco Johnson busted to him too. Maxx Coleman busted in fifth, as ‘Miami’ John Cernuto eliminated him, before John Racener lost out in fourth place. 'Miami John' Cernuto busted in third to Arieh when the latter won with pocket nines against king-four and Arieh used a marginal lead when heads-up play began to build a seemingly unassailable 5:1 chip lead. 

The tables turned, however, when Yettick won with top two pair and Arieh's open-ender couldn't hit. Yettick then won a flip in NLHE before getting it in good with ace-king against Arieh's ace-queen. A queen in the window gave Arieh that cruellest of Poker God offerings, false hope, as a king arrived on the flop too and no further paint handed the title to Yettick.  

WSOP Event #83: $1,500 8-Game Mixed Final Table Chip Counts

Place Player Country Chips
1st Garth Yettick United States $131,061
2nd Josh Arieh United States $85,667
3rd ‘Miami’ John Cernuto United States $57,249
4th John Racener United States $39,135
5th Maxx Coleman United States $27,379
6th Marco Johnson United States $19,614
7th Xiaochuan Zhang China $14,397

Three Other Events Run on Day 43

Three other events played out on Day 43 of this year's WSOP, with Event #84, the $600-entry Ultra Stack reaching its final day with just 19 players left. Ricardo Lopez (32.6m) leads players ot the final day, with Daniel Rezaei (28m) third in chips as he pursues his first WSOP title. Brazil's Victor Dermendjian (27.5m) isn’t far behind in his own quest for glory. 

In Event #86, the $1,000-entry Mystery Bounty event, 1,701 players were reduced to 193 as Nicholas Rigby (438,000) - he of the Main Event ‘Dirty Diaper’ went big. Players such as Gene Grieshaber (1,211,000) and Peter Siemund (1,037,000) crushed on a busy Day 1, too. 

Finally, Event #87, the $5,000 buy-in 8-Max NLHE event saw 1,041 entries whittled down to 157 in-the-money players as 88 remained at the close of Day 1, with Brazilians Felipe Boianovsky (1,795,000), Felipe Ketzer (1,380,000) and Yuri Dzivielevski (1,375,000) all inside the podium places. With a total prize pool of $4,788,600 and a top prize of $785,486 on the line, players such as Galen Hall (1,170,000), Darius Samual (1,100,000), Faraz Jaka (600,000), Nick Maimone (525,000), Alex Foxen (430,000), Rainer Kempe (310,000), and David Peters (230,000) are all still in with a chance of grabbing gold. 

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