Day 3 of the 2023 World Series of Poker Event #76: $10,000 WSOP Main Event World Championship at the Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas has come to a conclusion. The record for the largest WSOP Main Event field in its 54-year history was broken with a total of 10,043 entries, and only 1,517 remain.
The 10,043 entries generated a total prize pool of $93,399,900, smashing the previous record of $82,512,162 set in 2006 that had a total of 8,773 entrants.
In the 2006 edition of this event, Jamie Gold battled his way to victory and a $12,000,000 payday. The eventual winner this year will receive exactly $100,000 more, a symbolic gesture ensuring that the champion of the largest Main Event ever will also be its biggest winner. The minimum cash payout for 1,507th place will be $15,000, and the bubble is expected to burst very shortly on Day 4 as they are only 10 eliminations away.
2023 Main Event Payouts
Chance Kornuth found himself at the top of the leaderboard after slowly climbing throughout the day. Kornuth crossed the 1,500,000 chip mark as he sent a player home with his pocket fours near the end of the night. Kornuth continued building to end Day 3 with 1,887,000 chips, enough for second place on the leaderboard.
Only Antonio Mallol Heredia (1,899,000) bagged up more chips than Kornuth, and only just. The man from Oceanside, California, according to the Hendon Mob Database, has a shade more than $75,000 in live tournament winnings, with the bulk of that sum stemming from a $49,610 score in 2018. Mallol Heredia has cashed twice at the 2023 WSOP, and is all but guaranteed to at least min-cash in the 2023 WSOP Main Event.
End of Day 3 Top 10 Chip Counts
|Rank||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||Antonio Mallol Heredia||United States||1,899,000||237|
|2||Chance Kornuth||United States||1,887,000||236|
|5||Nicholas Rigby||United States||1,719,000||215|
|7||Michael Duek||United States||1,678,000||210|
|9||Mason Vieth||United States||1,602,000||200|
|10||Michael Monroig||United States||1,552,000||194|
Main Event Day 3 Action
Many notables took their seat at the start of the day, including poker crusher Alex Foxen, who had a great start, busting Giyeon Han near the beginning of the day to put him over 500,000 chips. Foxen continued to battle throughout the day and finished with a total of 638,000 in chips.
Tom Dwan started Day 3 with 426,500 chips but fell short as he shoved his pair and a flush draw against the aces of Brian Atchison and couldn’t catch up shortly before the dinner break.
All-time leading WSOP Circuit ring winner Maurice Hawkins has had an impressive Main Event thus far, bagging the overall chip lead on Day 2d with 941,000, and has managed to keep the momentum going, closing out Day 3 with 1,028,000.
Nicholas Rigby found himself near the top of the leaderboard for the third-day straight, putting a total of 1,719,000 chips in the bag at the end of Level 15.
Many notables bagged over the 1,000,000 chip mark including, Pei Li (1,742,000), Chris Brewer (1,447,000), and Nikita Luther (1,294,000).
Day 4 resumes on July 10th at 12:00 p.m. local time. Five more 120-minute levels will be played, and 1,507 players will get paid, which means it is extremely likely that the money bubble will burst during the first level of play.
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