We've reached the first break here on Day 3 of the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event. For the first time in the tournament, the entire field is in the building at the same time. Players were spread into three rooms when play began, and after two levels the Pavilion has been completely cleared out. The tournament board currently reads 1,485 players still in contention for the $8.3 million top prize.
Mark Kroon is still leading the way with about 685,000 in chips, adding almost 150,000 to his stack since the day began. Kroon picked up pocket aces early in the day and eliminated a player who had ace-king.
Chasing Kroon for the pole position are Victor Figueroa, Nick Schwarmann, Dirk Vanluijk, and Tuan Le, who won a huge pot against Johnny Chan less than an hour ago.
Several former world champs are still in the mix, including Greg Merson, Carlos Mortensen, Tom McEvoy and Doyle Brunson, who is seated at the secondary feature table. Mortensen has been climbing early on, and he used a lucky flop to increase his stack to 365,000. McEvoy, meanwhile, had his aces cracked by ace-queen.
Several notables have been sent packing, including Xuan Liu, Robert Mizrachi, John Racener, David Vamplew, and Kevin Pollak, who missed his flush draw to end his run early of the money.
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