Welcome to Day 3 of the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event! After three starting flights that remained separate for the first two days of competition, this is the first day that the entire field will be combined. There a total of 6,352 entries, and 1,753 players will return for Day 3.
Mark Kroon leads all remaining players with 507,300 in chips. Kroon finished Day 1C with the most chips, and managed to keep his lead at the end of yesterday’s Day 2C. Kroon got off to a fast start yesterday, and at times he seemed like he was destined to win. In a hand early in the day, after hitting trips on the river to win a pot, Kroon told his opponent, "I had a flush draw, a pair and I am the chip leader. I am supposed to hit that."
Victor Figueroa enters Day 3 second in chips with 460,000, and he’s followed by Nick Schwarmann (413,600) and William Reymond (405,000). No one else has more than 400,000. Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi was near the top of the leaderboard for much of Day 2C. He vaulted into the chip thanks to a massive pot against Robert Deppe. However, he slipped a bit in the last two levels and finished with 394,600.
Plenty of notables still have a shot at Main Event glory this year. Among today’s competitors are Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Haralabos Voulgaris, Bertrand “Elky” Grospellier, Ashton Griffin, Jean-Robert Ballande, Stephen Chidwick, Jason DeWitt, Sergio Castelluccio, Kenny Tran, Raj Vohra, Ravi Raghavan, Annette Obrestad, Ronnie Bardah and Cliff Josephy
There are also several former Main Event champions still in the field: Johnny Chan, Phil Hellmuth, Dan Harrington, Carlos Mortensen, and the living legend himself, Doyle Brunson. They are joined by defending champion Greg Merson, who has the chance to become the first player to win back-to-back titles since Chan in 1987 and ‘88. Merson enters Day 3 with a healthy stack of 275,600 chips.
Play begins at noon PDT, so stay with us here at PokerNews as we bring you live updates from all the Day 3 action. Also, be sure to check out Sarah Grant's July 11th update below.