Doyle Brunson Thriving as Bubble Bursts in WSOP Main Event

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Legendary 79 year-old in strong position entering Day 4


600 players remain to fight over $59,708,800 prize pool

We are now in the money at the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event. Over 5,700 players have been eliminated over 3 long days of competition but surviving and thriving is the one and only Texas Dolly, Doyle Brunson. He has now cashed in the Main Event in all 5 decades of the Series' existence.

All remaining players are guaranteed at least $19,106, the eventual champion will receive the $8,359,531 championship purse, along with a $500,000 WSOP bracelet.

Past Champions remaining in this year's field

  • Living Legend Doyle Brunson (626,000)
  • Defending champ Greg Merson (390,500)
  • 2001 champ Carlos Mortensen (172,500)
  • 2007 WSOP Europe Champ Anette Obrestad

To view who has cashed in the Main Event, check out the WSOP Payouts Page at our sister site PokerNews.com

Phil Ivey was dominating play during day 3 before losing the largest pot of the tournament so far, in a set over set battle with 2012 bracelet winner Max Steinberg. Full hand play by play below.

Other victims of Day 3: Roberto Luongo, Johnny Chan, Phil Ivey, Survivor contestant Jean-Robert Bellande; high-stakes player David Benyamine; the World Poker Tour's Tony Dunst; Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree; two-time bracelet winner Freddy Deeb; "Sick Call" Kenny Tran; $111,111 One Drop High Roller champ Tony Gregg; Season IX WPT Player of the Year Andy Frankenberger; Black Friday defendant Chad Elie; and 13-time WSOP bracelet winner and 1989 Main Event champ Phil Hellmuth.

The Phil Ivey Elimination Hand, largest Main Event pot so far

It began when Phil Ivey raised to 7,500 under the gun and was called by Olaoluwa Okelola in the hijack. Steinberg then called from the cutoff and Anthony Gregg did the same from the big blind. The flop came down {A-Spades}{10-Hearts}{3-Spades}.

Gregg checked to Ivey who bet 16,000. Okelola raised to 41,000, Steinberg called and Gregg folded. Ivey took a few moments before reraising all in for roughly 416,000. Okelola folded, but Steinberg called immediately and tabled {10-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}.

Ivey was left with one out in the deck as he showed {3-Hearts}{3-Clubs}. Neither the {5-Spades} turn nor {Q-Spades} river saved Ivey, and he exited through the back of the ESPN stage with his hat in his hand, slapping it as he made his way to the back hallways of the Rio. With that pot, Max Steinberg chipped up to nearly a million in chips and has risen to the tournament lead with 1.5M chips. Not too shabby considering he started the day with a mere 39,000.

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