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Money Bubble Pops at PokerStars Championship Barcelona, Benjamin Richardson Holds Chip Lead

After taking a break for this summer’s World Series of Poker, the PokerStars Championships have come back with a bang. After Day 3 at the Casino Barcelona in Spain, Benjamin Richardson is holding down the top slot on the leaderboard with 2.804 million in chips. There were going to be some unhappy campers who came back to the felt on Thursday. 287 players remained from the sizeable 1682 player field, but only 247 of those players would partake of a piece of the €8,157,700 prize pool that was built. At the start of the day, Mauricio Salazar Sanchez was the chip leader with 507,000 in chips, but he faced challenges from such pros as WSOP bracelet winner Asi Moshe (411,500), Patrick Leonard (394,000), Kyle Bowker (392,500), Dario Sammartino (355,500) and Juha Helppi (335,000), just to name a few. With 40 players to eliminate, it was natural that the play was

2017 World Series of Poker: Championship Event Money Bubble Pops, Patrick Lavecchia Tops Field

Late Thursday evening, the 2017 World Series of Poker Championship Event reached its second milestone. After becoming the third-largest WSOP Championship Event of all time (the first milestone), the first players to take a bit of the more than $ 67 million prize pool (and get a new mark on their Hendon Mob poker resumes) have been determined with the popping of the money bubble. That didn’t look like it would happen when Day 3 started Thursday morning. 2600 players were still in contention when the cards hit the air, leaving some wondering if they would be able to make it to the money during Thursday’s play. Leading the pack when they went off the line was Artan Dedusha, but that Day 2 overall lead and a $ 1.50 would get him a cup of coffee and not much more until the money was reached. More than half of the

2016 WSOP Championship Event Day 3: Money Bubble Pops, Kenny Hallaert Takes the Lead

The 2016 World Series of Poker Championship Event saw the entirety of the field come together for the first time. The 2186 players who had been fortunate enough to battle through the alphabet soup mix of Day Ones and Twos were now faced with the challenge of surviving another large field and actually making it to the money. With only 1011 players taking home any cash from the Championship Event’s $ 63,327,800 prize pool, more than half of those sitting in the Rio on Thursday afternoon were going to depart disappointed. As usual with the opening hours of a lengthy tournament, the smaller stacks in “double up or bust” mode populated the early action. Martin Staszko and Hasan Habib were a part of the early movers, with Habib forcing an opponent off a hand and commenting that he’d flopped a set. The story wasn’t as good for Matt Affleck, however,

2016 EPT Grand Final Main Event Day 3: Marcin Cmielewski Leads as Money Bubble Pops

Poland’s Marcin Chmielewski is having a pretty solid week. Over the weekend, he finished 21st in the France Poker Series High Roller Event (not a huge cash by any means, but still something) and now he is leading the charge to the final table in the European Poker Tour (EPT) Grand Final. With just 74 players remaining after Day 3, Chmielweski is the chip leader, boasting a stack of 1.314 million chips. Two other players have over a million: Natan Chauskin (1.107 million) and Roman Korenev (1.091 million). One of the more frustrating portions of a live poker tournament can be when the event gets close to the money. At that point, the tournament gets into “hand-for-hand” mode, meaning that all tables must finish their current hand before the next one can be dealt. This helps prevent short-stacked players from simply stalling until the money is reached. Of course, this

2016 WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star Main Event Day 2: Money Bubble Pops as Dylan Linde Seizes the Lead

There are several happy souls in northern California as the sun breaks on Thursday morning, some because they received a cash in the 2016 World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star tournament in San Jose. The others are among the survivors who are sleeping peacefully as they know they will come back later in the day to play down to the final table, which will be held on Friday afternoon. 280 players came back from the record-breaking 753 player field, ready for a long slog towards the money bubble. The bounty tournament – the traditional format of the event since its inclusion on the WPT circuit in 2004 – still had 33 of the original “Shooting Star” bounties still in the fight (from the original 50 that started), each with $ 2500 on their heads (and a nice tee-shirt) for whomever eliminated them. Some were in great shape – such