Sat, Jul 15, 7:26am by Staff Writer
Aussie former Main Event champ Joe Hachem has joined a host of big names to exit the World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas.
Hachem was one of seven former Main Event champions to progress through to Day 3, but made his exit when he busted, joining Greg Raymer, Johnny Chan and Tom McEvoy on the sidelines.
Hachem battled a short stack until he finally went with his last 12,500 in chips when holding Ace-King against Jared Palmer, who held a Queen and a Ten. Palmer found a Queen on the flop and a Ten on the turn, and when the King didn’t arrive for Hachem on the river, the Aussie was out.
Some of poker’s biggest names are already eliminated including Daniel Negreanu, Doug Polk, William Kassouf, Chris Ferguson and Phil Hellmuth.
While 2572 players entered Day 3 in Vegas, just 1084 remained alive. Patrick Lavecka leads the chip count from Pawel Brzeski, Antoine Saout and Jeremiah Fitzpatrick. All four have more than 1.5 million chips.
“Of course it feels nice to be second in chips, but we still have more than 1,000 people left, so it doesn’t mean much,” Brzeski told WSOP.com. “But I guess more chips is more life in tournaments. I can lose some flips and still be alive, so that’s always nice.”
Aussies who remain in the hunt include Todor Kondevski, Michael Addamo, Jeff Lisandro, Rory Young and James Obst.
There are four more days of play until the final table is reached.
There was a hint of controversy on Day 3 when WSOP confirmed that an unidentified player was disqualified from the tournament.
Joe Stiers identified himself as the mystery man on social media, having been banned from all Caesars properties over a card counting scandal in Baltimore in 2014.
Chip Count after Day 3 of the WSOP Main Wvent
1, Patrick Lavecchia (Sellersville, Pennsylvania) 1,552,000
2, Pawel Brzeski (Strzepcz, Poland) 1,546,000
3, Antoine Saout (Paris) 1,529,000
4, Jeremiah Fitzpatrick (Charlotte, North Carolina) 1,523,000
5, Derek Bowers (Alliance, Ohio) 1,376,000
6, Mickey Craft (Elizabeth, West Virginia) 1,345,000
6, Edward Nassif (Ames, Iowa) 1,3450,000
8, Scott Blumstein (Morristown, New Jersey) 1,340,000
9, Artan Dedusha (London) 1,288,000
10, Greg Dyer (Minneapolis) 1,276,000
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