Event #5: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball Championship

Phil Galfond Leads Final 12 into Day 3 of 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball Championship

Chip Leader Phil Galfond

Welcome back to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino and the 2014 World Series of Poker for the final day of Event #5: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball Championship!

Kicking off the first of two Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball tournaments for the series just two days ago saw 120 players take to the felt to form a $1,128,000 prizepool. That field was whittled down to just 52 by the end of the first day as the penultimate day of play was one where players looked to make their run at reaching the money and the eventual six-handed final table.

Unfortunately the likes of Doyle Brunson, Huck Seed, Billy Baxter, Todd Brunson, David Chiu, David Bach, Barry Greenstein, Matthew Ashton and John Hennigan would all find themselves on the rail throughout the day before four-time WSOP bracelet winner Tom Schneider would earn the moniker of bubble boy. Schneider found himself all in on the second draw with a draw to a ten-low while Jason Mercier held {7-}{6-}{4-}{2-} and found a {10-} on the final draw. Schneider would pair his ten on the final draw to leave the the 12 remaining players in the money with a guaranteed $24,342 payday.

The min-cash may be nice, but it is the shiny WSOP gold bracelet and accompanying $355,324 that everyone is striving for, and the player in the best position to capture that prize is Phil Galfond who tops the chip counts with an impressive 604,000 to have the lead over Mercier (561,000), Alexandre Luneau (386,000) and Tuan Le (377,000).

TableSeatPlayerCountryChip Count
4461David BenyamineFrance236,0000
4462Jason MercierUSA561,000
4463Eli ElezraUSA222,000
4464Jon TurnerUSA176,000
4465Justin BonomoUSA243,000
4466Alexandre LuneauEngland386,000
4491George DanzerGermany156,000
4492Sergey RybachenkoRussia199,000
4493Nick SchulmanUSA304,000
4494Tuan LeUSA377,000
4495Phil GalfondUSA604,000
4496Michael ChowUSA198,000

Of the final 12 players, there are nine WSOP bracelets spread amongst six players while the likes of George Danzer, Jon Turner, Justin Bonomo and Le all have a wealth of experience that they will call on in an effort to capture their first WSOP gold bracelet.

The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be on hand when play kicks off at 2:00 p.m. (PDT) in the Amazon Room as we look to provide extensive live coverage as we play down from 12 to just one - the Event #5: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball Champion!

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