WSOP Main Event Canadian Contingent: Griffin Benger Out in Front after Day 3

Griffin Benger WSOP Main Event

There will be 53 disappointed players who exit the World Series of Poker Main Event early in the day on Friday, Day 4. Day 3 was halted earlier than the scheduled time because the money bubble was fast approaching with just 746 players remaining and 693 getting paid.

Day 3 began on Thursday with 1,864 players all combining from the three separate fields, vying for a piece of the huge prize pool of nearly $63 million. Of course, the top payout of an even $10 million is the one everyone is either dreaming about or losing sleep over as it gets closer and closer to reaching distance.

The incomparable Phil Ivey was leading the field with 505,000 chips when players unbagged at the start of play. However, he only added another 17,500 chips to his stack throughout the entire day and fell all the way to 72nd in the chip counts as players leaped past him.

The player who has Ivey the furthest behind in his rear view mirror is Andrew Liporace who sealed up 1,128,000 chips at the end of the day. The new chip leader has a previous best cash of $42,122 from 2012 when he won a $5,000 event at World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Showdown in Hollywood. If he still has a stack at the end of Day 4, he will almost certainly beat that payout.

There is only one previous Main Event champion in the mix. 1996 champion Huck Seed will return with 249,000 for Day 4. Ronnie Bardah will also return for Day 4. He has 108,500 chips to his name and has WSOP history in his sights. He is currently tied with six other players for the most Main Event cashes in a row — four. If he can survive the looming bubble he will be the first player in WSOP history to cash the Main Event five times in a row.

The top Canadian stack in the room belongs to Griffin “Flush_Entity” Benger from Toronto. We are used to reporting about this player as Flush_Entity nearly every week as he consistently takes down major tournaments on PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker. But with four WSOP cashes already this summer, we’re getting used to using his real name for his great live tournament success as well. Flush_Entity has been ranked #1 online player in the world several times, the most recently being just this past May. The former professional Counter-Strike player has over $5 million in online poker tournament cashes and over $1.2 million in live tournaments.

These are the top 10 Canadians at the end of Day 3:

Griffin Benger792,500
Ryan Hall721,500
Kyle Ho655,000
Anthony Diotte595,500
Chanracy Khun582,000
Darlene Lee373,500
Owen Crowe365,000
Paul Klann361,000
Tony Hoang330,500
Bradley Truck330,500

The biggest Canadian stack at the beginning of the day belonged to Steve Tripp with 380,400. He ran it up to a huge stack of around 750,000 in the day and was within the top five in the room for a while, but he had a rough final few levels. He tripped and fell to 248,000 to end the night, just under the tournament average.

Here are all of the rest of the remaining Canadian contingent in the Main Event after Day 3:

Mark HughesMichael SmithNathan FletcherKyle JohnsonAli Davar
Steve TrippLaurence GrondinColin MoffattDong GuoJeff Rothney
Perry RouzesYuri SiniakAnh Van NguyenAaron DuczakColin Bernard
Guillaume GignacAli RabahQuentin SiffledeenBrian WilsonMalachy Hagan
Jean-Nicolas FortinDuc NguyenElliot SmithRobin BergrenDerek Lerner
Evan JarvisEric CloutierRyan MackinnonJoel BullockDarren Keyes

Unfortunately, we lost Canadian notables like Lucas and Sam Greenwood, Greg Mueller, Guillaume Rivet, Daniel Negreanu, Timothy Adams, and Gavin Smith.

That leaves us with 40 Canadians still in this race out of the 102 who began Day 3. To follow all of the action, follow the PokerNews live reporting blog and you will see the most current updates as players quickly burst the money bubble and begin thinning the field through Day 4. Then check back here for a recap of the day’s play.

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