WPT Bellagio Day Three Recap: Ryan Hughes Increases Chip Lead, Justin Bonomo Climbing

WPT Bellagio Five Diamond

WPT Bellagio is heading to Day Four in Las Vegas. (Image: g3newswire.com)

After Wednesday’s Day Three action at the WPT Bellagio Five Diamond World Poker Classic, the Day Two chip leader extended his lead, a Hollywood actress was “whamboozled,” some top pros climbed the leaderboard, and the bubble nearly burst.

This $10,400 buy-in tournament had 791 entries, 72 of which will go home with money. After Day Three, just 75 players remained with three more grueling days of play to go.

The winner will take home more than $1.9 million. Each of the top two finishers are guaranteed over $1 million.

Ryan Hughes entered Wednesday’s action with the chip lead. All he did on Day Three was increase that lead. He began Day Four with 1,212,500. That’s just over 200 big blinds. He was the only player to surpass 1 million chips on Day Three.

Christian Harder was his nearest competitor at the end of the day (829,500).

Hughes isn’t a household name, but he is no slouch. He made the final table in a WPT event during the 2010-2011 season. Harder has three WPT final table appearances and nearly $1.3 million in career winnings on the tour.

Big Names Climbing

Daniel Negreanu climbed the leaderboard on Day Two after buying into the tournament six times. But on Day Three, he exited stage left.

Jennifer Tilly, a Hollywood actress turned poker player, entered play on Wednesday 2nd in chips. Unfortunately, for the Academy Award-nominated star, her tournament has already been cut short.

But there are many prominent players who advanced to Day Four, many with a healthy stack. Justin Bonomo, one of the top performers at the 2016 World Series of Poker, began Day Four with 767,500. And he isn’t the only big name pro in contention.

Chris Klodnicki, another player fresh off a strong WSOP performance, has 586,500. Dan Smith came close to winning his first WSOP bracelet this past summer, but he does have a WPT title to his name. And now he has enough chips to make a run at his second one (467,500).

Jared Jaffe (432,000), Antonio Esfandiari (377,000), JC Tran (344,000), Tommy Vedes (275,000), Sam Panzica (178,500), Taylor von Kriegenbergh (172,000), Jordan Cristos (168,500), Joe Hachem (159,500), Jesse Sylvia (128,500), and Taylor Paur (106,500) are the remaining past WPT champions. Hachem is also the 2005 WSOP Main Event winner.

Day Four Outlook

When Day Four began at noon PST at Bellagio in Las Vegas, 75 players remained. Only two players had to bust before approaching the bubble.

The final table of six players will take place on Saturday.

Each player at the final table is guaranteed at least $268,000.

Jon Sofen
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Jon Sofen
Semi-pro poker player with 17 years experience on the felt and more than five years working as professional poker media.

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