England’s Sadan Turker is in a great position to lift the $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em crown at this year’s World Series of Poker (WSOP) in the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino after making it down to the final three from a 4,178-strong entry list.
Turker is most definitely the overwhelming favourite to collect the $611,185 for winning event No.8 after three hard days as he has about 63% of the chips in play, although he’ll have to be wary of the challenge from American Jon ‘PearlJammer’ Turner and fellow Brit Sean Getzwiller.
While second place does offer a rather lovely $377,411 and $274,005 goes to the third-placed finisher, this trio will be going at it with a will tonight to secure a gold bracelet.
Just 59 players started the third day, with the spotlight on Jonathan Duhamel as he was aiming to create poker history by becoming the first player – since the poker boom – to collect a bracelet the year after lifting the main event crown.
However, the world champ crashed out in 54th – to be joined by the likes of Jordan ‘Jymaster11’ Young in 19th, David Peters (29th), Albert Kim (31st), Ana Marquez (32nd), Eric Mizrachi (50th) and Young Phan (52nd) during the day’s opening five hours as the last 18 was reached much quicker than anticipated.
But Turner stayed close to the top of the leaderboard as he eyed up a fifth WSOP final table when we got down to the last 10 a mere three hours later – and it was the unfortunate Jonathan Driscoll that burst the final table bubble when his Ah-Kc was beaten by pocket nines when another nine appeared on the turn following an ace on the flop.
So, with the final nine guaranteed almost $50,000, Hunter Frey, Daniel Haglund and Odette Tremblay were the next three to hit the rail.
There was then some concern over marked cards once the last six had been reached as every 4s – as well as a few other cards – showed a manufacturing error under the Thunder-Dome’s lights.
As a result, the players moved to a standard Amazon Room table and, although there was a little fuss over playing conditions, those six pushed on as Turker and Turner swapped the lead.
The last few levels of the day saw Lawrence Riley eliminated ahead of Stefan Raffey and Max Weinberg as the clock ticked down to the close of play.
With only three players left, here’s how they face-off tonight:
Seat 2: Sean Getzwiller (UK) – 3,000,000 chips
Seat 6: Sadan Turker (UK) – 7,910,000 chips
Seat 7: Jon Turner (USA) – 1,680,000 chips