Brazilian Luis Campelo and American Will Jaffe will be back for a fourth day in the $1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em event #54 at the World Series of Poker.
As has become common at this 43rd annual staging of the world’s biggest poker festival, a fourth day will be required to find a winner after 13 more players were eliminated on Day 3 in the chase for the god bracelet and $500,075 top prize at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Neither player has a WSOP bracelet, so railbirds will again see a new champion crowned in the Amazon Room of the Rio from an event that attracted 3,219 players.
New York State’s Jaffe and Campelo, of Curitiba, battled for two levels of heads-up play before time was called on Day 3, with the former holding 5,390,000 chips to the latter’s 4,275,000.
Clayton Fletcher Exits in 15th
Day 3 started out with 15 players still in contention for WSOP glory, but New York’s Clayton Fletcher hit the rail early on for $22,640 when his K♥ J♥ failed to better the A♠ J♠ of Canada’s Nghi Van Tran.
Canadian Ian Chan then exited in 14th place for $22,640, followed by Michigan’s David ‘Bakes’ Baker (13th for $22,640), Benjamin Volpe (12th for $28,931), of Illinois, and San Jose’s Carl Le (11th for $28,931) as the 10-handed final table was reached.
Baker will certainly feel hard done by after seeing his A♠ K♠ lose out to Campelo’s K♣ J♠ after a board of three tens, a queen and a jack provided the surprised Brazilian with a full house and the American with a straight. Campelo actually though he was eliminated and was about to shake Baker by the hand before being informed that he had doubled-up. Poor Baker – who now the short stack – exited just a few minutes later.
Brett Schwertley Takes 10th
Omaha’s Brett Schwertley was the first final table elimination in 10th place for $28,931 when his A♦ Q♥ lost out to the K♦ K♠ of Florida’s Ken Fishman, while Iowa’s Jeff Fielder (ninth for $37,367), Indiana’s Benjamin Grise (eighth for $48,788) and Italian Muhamet Perati (seventh for $64,414) were also soon eliminated.
Wisconsin’s Joseph Kuether began to gather momentum at this point as he took over as chip leader, sending Irishman Jason Tompkins to the rail in sixth place for $85,981 before also eliminating Ken Fishman, of Florida, in fifth for $116,072 to strengthen his position at the top of the leaderboard.
Van Tran, of Ontario, was next to exit in fourth place for $158,512, while three-handed play started off slowly as Campelo, Kuether and Jaffe were happy to steal the blinds and antes.
Joseph Kuether Gets Unlucky
However, something had to give eventually and a pot did develop between Campelo and Kuether that saw all the chips in the middle on a Q♣ 9♥ 10♥ flop. Kuether was ahead with his Q♥ 10♠ for top two pair against the J♥ 10♣ of Campelo. However, the 5♥ turn handed Campelo a hearts flush draw to go with his straight draw, while the 8♠ river completed the Brazilian’s straight for a double-up. Kuether had been chopped back and was sent to the rail soon after by Jaffe.
Jaffe and Campelo began their heads-up clash by playing some small pots and ended Day 3 in the same manner as the chip counts remained fairly steady and close.
WSOP 2012 Event #54 Payouts 3 to 10
3. Joseph Kuether (USA) – $218,983
4. Nghi Van Tran (Canada) – $158,512
5. Ken Fishman (USA) – $116,072
6. Jason Tompkins (Ireland) – $85,981
7. Muhamet Perati (Italy) – $64,414
8. Benjamin Grise (USA) – $48,788
9. Jeffrey Fielder (USA) – $37,367
10. Brett Schwertley (USA) – $28,931