2015 WSOP Main Event Day 3: Matt Jarvis Leads Canadians Again

The World Series of Poker (WSOP) is the biggest tournament series in the world. Covering more than 40 days, the WSOP tests skills in many variants of poker and attracts both the biggest names in the game as well as casual players of all abilities from around the globe.

The biggest prize at poker’s big show is Event #68: No-Limit Hold’em Main Event. Also known as the "Big Dance," the Main Event is billed as the World Championship of poker. The player who emerges from the Main Event is billed as poker’s ambassador for the following year, and the special status of the tournament demands a special format.

Unlike every other major poker tournament, the Main Event will not play down to a winner immediately. Instead, once the final nine players are determined, play ends for several months. The "November Nine" spend several months doing media interviews and honing their games before finally meeting again in November at the Rio to finish it out.

The Main Event got down to business Friday as the remaining players from Day 2ab and Day 2c finally converged into one field for Day 3. In addition to seeing players from all the starting flights together for the first time, Day 3 also saw the money bubble burst.

From the initial total of 6,420 players, 1,796 players returned to the felt for the start of Day 3. By the end of the day just 661 players were left in contention for poker’s most prestigious annual trophy.

Leading the way into Day 4 is Amar Anand from Shrewbury, Massachusetts. Already working on his first-ever WSOP cash, Anand’s stack of 1,139,000 chips puts him in good position to make a deep run. Only two other players are above one million chips. Joseph McKeehan, who has eight previous cashes at WSOP, will play 1,052,000 to start Day 4, while three-time bracelet winner Brian Hastings sits in third with 1,034,000.

2015 WSOP Main Event Day 3: Matt Jarvis Leads Canadians Again 101
Matt Jarvis at the World Series of Poker.

Canada is still well represented in the Main Event field, with the top two Canadians both bracelet winners. Matt Jarvis of Vancouver, B.C. takes the biggest Canuck stack into Day 4, bagging up 803,000 chips at the end of Day 3 for the 17th-best stack. Charles Sylvestre bagged the second-biggest Canadian stack with 607,500, good for 48th place.

All Canadians taking chips into Day 4 are listed below.

PlayerChipsPlayerChipsPlayerChipsPlayerChips
Matt Jarvis803,000Charles Sylvestre607,500Scott Montgomery564,000Arman Soltani555,500
Will Molson536,600Marc-Etienne McLaughlin530,000Gareth Struivig De Groot513,000Miguel Proulx455,500
Samuel Gagnon445,000Daniel Negreanu444,000Thomas Popov434,500Joe Lu421,000
Jeff Hakim413,000James Hawley384,000Thomas Taylor375,500Jean-Pascal Savard340,500
Jonas Mackoff331,000Matthew Dietrich304,000David Ormsby303,500Ping Lin253,500
Peter Raimondi249,500Omri Moga244,000Hamza Firdawcy200,000Chanracy Khun152,500
Ricky Chow152,000Angie Gelinas145,500Max Greenwood143,500Andre Barrett143,500
Dustin Centanni143,000Adam Hui114,000Jacob Kipfer102,500Buck Ramsay65,000
Sonu Sharma64,000Armin Ojani63,500Gylbert Drolet57,500Jonathan Duhamel53,000
Ryan Smith51,500Ren Heo Zhang46,000Michael Forycki42,000  

Not everyone was so lucky to survive Day 3, but 15 Canadians were lucky enough to survive long enough to get paid, listed below.

FinishPlayerPrizeFinishPlayerPrizeFinishPlayerPrize
679Peter Jetten$15,000689Joseph Bower$15,000714Louis Boutin$15,000
743Tyler Bonkowski$15,000744Michael Tieu$15,000748Richard Guttman$15,000
807Evan Jarvis$15,000828Samuel Ngai$15,000887Chaayanath Mysore$15,000
897Marc-Andre Ladouceur$15,000942Cory Parent$15,000965Michael Bochansky$15,000
978Raphael Bernard$15,000981David Cowling$15,000984Ryan Mackinnon$15,000

Play resumes on Saturday with Day 4 of the WSOP Main Event and things really start to get exciting as the players start to get into some pay jumps and begin playing for larger prizes. Check back with PokerNews Canada for a recap of the action with a focus on the Canadian contingent.

Details courtesy of the WSOP Live Blog.

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