A single Day 3 hand at the 2019 World Series of Pok.er has catapulted Minnesota’s Joseph Beasy in to the top 85 at the Main Event, delivering him 723,000 chips, the greatest pot of the competition.

Beasy, who may have almost $40,000 in career pok.er earnings, was against Germany’s Simon Welsch and San Francisco’s Joshua Tam within the hand, initially with a set of 10s vs. Tam’s set of 7s and Welsch’s Ace of Spades and 9 of hearts. Broadcasters quickly predicted a “bloodbath” following a 10-Ace-7 flop gave Welsch what he thought to be top pair, but Beasy bested Tam’s three-of-a-kind with a three-of-a-sort of his own, starting a dramatic raising in the stakes.

After having a 27,000 bet from Real Generator, Tam and Beasy called, despite a suggestion through the broadcast that this latter should’ve raised in case of straight possibilities. Beasy checked again after the turn had been a 4, and very soon after, Tam bet 57,500. Later, the river revealed another 4, giving both Beasy and Tam full houses, with all the former betting 75,000 and Tam raising up to 250,000. After a moment of reflection, Beasy can be seen calling it and taking the hand, using a perplexed Tam left to ponder what had occurred.

Updated World Series of pok.er chip counts have Beasy at No. 81 within the Main Event with 2,117,000 after his special day 3 win. Tam, meanwhile, now ranks 199th with 1,140,000. There are still 354 players remaining after more than 8,500 entries, with all the prize pool up to greater than $80,000. Among those remaining: 2013 WSOP Main Event runner-up Jay Farber, former bracelet winner Craig McCorkell and former NFL star Richard Seymour.

The 2019 World Number of pok.er main event is right down to its final table of nine following a wild finish to Day 7. All nine players in contention for that title already have locked up a payday of at the very least $1 million once action resumes Sunday night on the Rio All Suite Hotel & C.asino. Once action resumes, two massive pots contested late on Day 7 will have a substantial influence on just how the early stages from the final table can play out.

Hossein Ensan takes 177 million along with a considerable chip lead to the final day of action thanks in large part to a 116 million-chip pot he won off Timothy Su. After Ensan flopped a complete house with pocket 10s, Su made a set of queens and ultimately referred to as a massive river bet.

Ensan had the knowledge and exerted his pressure through much of the day, but his firepower increased significantly as he and Su tangled in the 116 million-chip pot — the largest of the tournament to that point.

Garry Gates starts the ultimate table in second place with 99.3 million, because of a 100 million-chip pot of his own. Despite Gates and Henry Lu sitting in the middle of the rest at that time, with little pressure for immediate action, they visited war and Lu found himself all-in over a Jc-Td-7s-6d board with K’s-J’s against Gates’ Ac-Jh. With all the harmless 8h on lwsndt river, Gates all but punched his ticket for the final table while Lu was in 11th place, for $800,000.

As someone who spent the last 20 years of his life in a variety of roles within the industry of pok.er, including time spent with media outlet pok.erNews and then with operator pok.erStars, the experience of being on the opposite side in the ropes continues to be surreal for Gates.

“It’s difficult to put that into words,” Gates said. “As an industry person, and having a lot of interactions using the best players on the planet, and being on the opposite side in the rail watching their deep runs and cheering to them and seeing their dreams becoming reality. … I mean, today I awakened to text messages from Erik Seidel, and John Juanda, and Jason Koon, wishing me luck. That’s crazy.

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