Gal Yifrach had a day to remember after he went from start-of-day short stack to final six chip leader in just over four hours in Event #86: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed Championship.
When the final 16 returned to action at 2 p.m. in the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, Yifrach had just 319,000, but by the end of the play, the American bagged a massive 5,385,000 for the clear lead at the top.
Yifrach will be looking to claim his second WSOP gold bracelet when the action resumes at noon on Tuesday, July 16, but will be challenged by Anuj Agarwal (4,350,000), Dong Chen (2,540,000), Kahle Burns (1,855,000), Leonard Maue (1,495,000) and Ben Heath (710,000).
Official Final Table
|2||Gal Yifrach||United States||5,385,000||108|
|4||Ben Heath||United Kingdom||710,000||14|
|5||Anuj Agarwal||United States||4,350,000||87|
Action of the Day
It took 90 minutes for the final two tables to be set after Simon Deadman (16th), Jeffrey Trudeau (15th), Lauren Roberts (14th) and Vicent Bosca Ramon (13th) all departed with $28,618 for their efforts.
Trudeau's early elimination came as a shock after he started the proceedings in the top three chip counts, but after his five-bet jam from the small blind with ace-deuce was called by Agarwal on the button with pocket kings, Trudeau was unable to survive.
Alan Goehring (12th-$36,151) then ran his short stack into pocket queens and departed before Ramin Hajiyev (11th-$36,15), who had held the Day 2 chip lead for an extended period, saw his ace-jack dominated by the ace-queen of Markus Gonsalves after all the chips went into the middle preflop.
James Romero (10th-$46,962) finally saw his deep run ended after seesawing between the top and bottom of the chip rankings. Romero's shove was pocket sixes came up against pocket kings, and no miracle board followed.
Stefan Huber (9th-$46,962) laddered his way up despite being all-in on several occasions, but his run for a place at the final table was ended when his pocket jacks lost a crucial race against ace-queen.
The penultimate player to see their dream end was Gonsalves, (8th-$62,684). The American got it in good with ace-five against Burn's king-queen, but the Australian saw his holding improve to trips after the board fell and Gonsalves departed to the cash desk.
In the final hand of Day 3, Agarwal called in the small blind for 50,000, and Eric Kurtzman (7th-$62,684) raised to 250,000. Agarwal's shove with king-queen was snap-called by Kurtzman who held ace-jack, but when the run-out came queen-high, Kurtzman was confirmed as the unfortunate player to miss out on a spot at the official final table.
The players will return to play under the lights of the feature table where their battles will be streamed via CBS.
Join us back here at PokerNews then as we find out who will take home $630,747 and one of the last awarded WSOP gold bracelets of the summer!