The 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event is rapidly approaching the money bubble as only 720 players remain and 666 spots will be paid out. Amongst those 720 surviving players are three Australians and one New Zealander; the best placed of them being Paul Birman with 817,500 chips.
To put Birman's stack into perspective you have to consider that the chip leader, Dave D'Alesandro, has 1,100,000 million so to say Birman is hot on his heels is an understatement. Birman may not be a household name, and why would he be, because he is mainly a recreational player but he is certainly living th edream right now as his stack places him 11th in chips overall.
If Birman makes it to the money places, which is looking extremely likely right now, he will almost double his live tournament career winnings. To date his largest live cash was for $5,491 that he was awarded for finishing 156th in $2,500 buy-in event at the 2010 WSOP but he is on course to net himself at least $19,227 in the 2012 Main Event; and from there who knows how far he can progress.
The other players to progress to Day 4 are, in order of chips, Justin Shelton (351,000), Jackie Glazier (187,000) and Aaron Lim (104,000). Glazier and Lim both have a little extra work to do if they are to battle through Day 4 as the average stack is 274,917 but despite this they are not extremely short as they have 35 and 21 big blinds each when play gets under way.
Everyone at PokerNetwork has their fingers crossed for these four players to make it through Day 4 unscathed. You can follow the action on the Live Reporting pages to see if they do indeed progress through to Day 5 of the 2012 WSOP Main Event.
WSOP Main Event End of Day 3 Chip Counts
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