After a shorter day's play with just four eliminations, Nick Petrangelo still holds the chip lead in Event #5: $100,000 High Roller. He bagged 12,150,000 in chips, ahead of Bryn Kenney in second place (10,200,000), with those two players the only ones with stacks in excess of 10 million.
"Today was a really uneventful day for me," said Petrangelo as the players bagged at the end of Day 3. "I had a few spots in the blinds, but other than that I was just folding.
"When you're nine-handed, most of the interesting pots will be in late position because you have to play snug ranges from early position. There were no real ICM pressure spots because of the stack sizes; a lot of the guys were the same, and me and Elio [Fox] were the same for a while, so no one really had a huge advantage. Even with the chip lead, you can't go crazy raising from early position, so it was pretty easy."
Petrangelo said that on the whole, play was pretty "normal" today, with no real ICM considerations to think of just yet.
"These pay jumps aren't as big as the ones when we get three- or four-handed. Later, the big stack should be able to put pressure on the other big stacks, but the medium stacks are going to just continue to play kinda normal.
"It's amazing when there are a bunch of short stacks and a few big stacks, say when there's a chip leader with 1.5x second place, because the bigger stacks that aren't the chip leader have to play for second place, but this isn't the case here yet. Something like that could develop, which could be advantageous to whoever has the big stack."
Day 3 Recap
With 10 players starting the final day, everyone knew that there was to be just one elimination before the redraw would move the remaining nine players around one table. It looked like that was going to come sooner than expected when Adrian Mateos ran threes into the kings of Chris Moore. That was until a three came on the river and Mateos doubled up.
Bryn Kenney would double through Stephen Chidwick on the feature table, with Moore doing the same through Jason Koon on the outer table. However, his double still left him short with just 12 big blinds, and after moving all in with nine-eight against the aces of Andreas Eiler, he was eliminated.
Petrangelo still held a commanding chip lead with nine left, almost five million chips clear of Elio Fox in second place. Fedor Holz was in the middle of the pack, but fell down the counts over a number of hands, including one where he used all six of his available time extensions before folding.
He got his last 15 big blinds in with pocket fives but was in bad shape against the sixes of Fox. There was no help for Holz who was eliminated, with Fox chipping up to put pressure on Petrangelo.
Fox would move into the chip lead after some early exchanges at the final table, which was highlighted by a distinct lack of major changes in chip distribution among the final eight. That was until Mateos three-bet all in with pocket sevens, only to run into the pocket aces of Kenney. The aces would hold, doubling Kenney up, and leaving Mateos with three big blinds. Mateos would be sent to the rail soon thereafter to leave play seven-handed.
Eiler had been quiet since the elimination of Moore, but he would secure a vital double at the final table which clipped the wings of chip leader Fox. Fox had turned two pair with Eiler making his straight. The pair got the chips in on the river, with Fox falling back to around eight million and Eiler on something similar.
Two hands later, Koon check-raised Kenney on a nine-high board and then jammed the queen turn. Kenney called with a pair of queens and Koon looked disgusted after flopping top pair. The river bricked and Koon was eliminated in seventh place.
Here's how the final six players line up ahead of Day 4:
|Seat||Name||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|2||Bryn Kenney||United States||10,200,000||51|
|3||Nick Petrangelo||United States||12,200,000||61|
|4||Elio Fox||United States||8,620,000||43|
|5||Stephen Chidwick||United Kingdom||5,740,000||29|
|6||Aymon Hata||United Kingdom||7,280,000||36|