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    Sunday, October 30th, 2011 by Ryan

The World Poker Tour’s Foxwoods World Poker Final is now underway in Mashantucket, Connecticut. The field kicked off with 189 players, and Day Three started with 66 players before the final 27 were set before the end of the day. These top 27 players made it into the cash, and the field is now set to make a push to the final table. The 66 players who started on Day Three played through five levels, and saw some big names make it into the cash; and some other big names take an early leave from the event.

The top ten heading into the day featured a few of the well-known players on the World Poker Tour’s circuit, but also featured a few of the more unknown players who played excellent poker to get to this point. One big name that many players and fans had their eyes on was Erik Seidel, who wasn’t able to make the deep run and was knocked out when his Ace-Queen ran into the pocket five’s of Bernard Lee; and Lee dodged Seidel’s two overs and a straight draw on the river to eliminate Seidel.

Jonathan Little has had his fair share of success, and one of those big successes came when he won a World Poker Tour Foxwoods Event. He’s looking poised to make another deep run and potentially pull down another WPT title this weekend. One of his biggest hands of the day came against Louis Lazzinnaro, when the flop came out looking fairly lame with 9-5-4 of all different suits. The two had a betting match post flop and ended up with Little eventually shoving all in over Lazzinnaro’s four-bet. Lazzinnaro was way behind though, as he turned over pocket Jack’s and was up against the pocket Ace’s of Little. This put Little over 230k in chips, and saw Lazzinnaro eliminated.

What was interesting about how the event ran, was that with two levels remaining until the day came to an end, there were still 47 players remaining; essentially making it look like the cash wouldn’t be made by the days’ end. The action started to pick up though, and quite a few players saw their tournament lives come to an end before the day was over. As far as the names who were some of those final eliminated, the list included poker pros like Jason Mercier, David “Doc” Sands, Kathy Liebert, and Matt Brady.

Some of the notable names to be remaining at the top of the list were Andy Frankeberger, who is holding down first place currently with 658,500 chips, Jack Schanbacher in 2nd with 483,500 chips, Christian Harder in 3rd with 378,500 chips, Larry Greenberg in 4th with 360,000 chips, and previously mentioned Jonathan Little who is in 5th with 355,000 chips. Bernard Lee, who we mentioned above, is currently sitting with 84k in chips, and has some work to do in order to get back into the fight for the final table.

The final table is set to kick off on Tuesday, and it is unknown yet if there will be action on Monday or not before the final day kicks off.

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