Scott Baumstein Leads 38 Into PokerStars Players Championship Day 4

Scott Baumstein won the tournament’s largest pot so far to build a solid stack and eventually bag into the night as the chip leader

The record-breaking 1,039-person field of the inaugural PokerStars Players Championship was reduced to just 38 players over the course of the past three days. And Day 3 of the tournament was just as thrilling as the previous two days of action.

The third day of the $25,000 buy-in event kicked off with 207 players who had survived from Day 2. They were all looking to secure a paid spot as the money bubble was dangerously close at the start of Day 3 action.

Speaking of money, the PSPC generated a massive prize pool of $26,455,500, including $1 million from PokerStars for the future champion. The top 181 finishers are getting to split the money into payouts starting from $25,450 and going all the way up to $5.1 million for the winner.

That explains why it took a while before the money bubble burst. Players, both professional ones and poker enthusiasts, were striving to survive and secure a payout from this record-smashing tournament. It was eventually Paul Leckey who scooped the unfortunate bubble boy title after an unsuccessful confrontation against Tianle Wang. Yet, Leckey did not leave the tournament empty-handed as he received a package for the EPT Monte Carlo this spring as a consolation prize.

Action quickened from that point on and bustouts took place at a high clip. During that time, start-of-the-day chip leader Farid Jattin managed to maintain his advantage. However, he lost some of his momentum later into the day and Luigi Knoppers, Ramon Colillas, and Jason Koonce each took a turn at the top of the temporary leaderboard.

Scott Baumstein Wins the Tournament’s Biggest Hand, Takes the Lead

All of the above three players could not keep their chip lead for long enough. And it was shortly after 9 pm local time when US poker player Scott Baumstein began building his stack to eventually complete Day 3 as the overnight chip leader.

Baumstein participated in, and won, the tournament’s largest hand so far. The player called a five-bet jam by Jattin. Baumstein’s pocket queens held up against his opponent’s ace-king and the player scooped a massive amount of chips that helped him pass the 4 million mark. He took the chip lead shortly after and never looked back all the way through the end of the day when he bagged and tagged the largest stack.

Jattin himself secured a seat into Day 4 of the tournament. The player put 640,000 in his bag last night and currently ranks among the short stacks in the temporary chip counts chart. Notables still in contention include Mikita Badziakouski, who won a Platinum Pass into the PSPC last year, Griffin Benger, Kristen Bicknell, and Marvin Rettenmeier, among others.

Action is set to resume today at noon local time at the host venue – Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas – with the 38 survivors from the previous day.

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