62 players returned yesterday to play Day 3 of the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open. With $2,5 million in overlay and $1,4 million on top for the winner, the remaining players were getting real close to the big money. With $10 million in the prize pool it was no surprise that the event had attracted a lot of strong players, and plenty of them were left when Day 3 began: Blair Hinkle, Russell Thomas, Doug Polk, Jared Jaffee, John Dolan, Mike Leah, Daniel Colman and John Racner among others.
Lily Kiletto, who seems to go deep whenever she sits down at a poker table, took her seat on Day 3 as well. With 350,000 in chips (17 bb) Kiletto was rather short, and she needed a quick double up to stay in contention for the championship. But Kiletto was not the only one, who was getting short, and in the first couple of hours around 20 players were eliminated. Unfortunately Kiletto was knocked out in 47th place, when she:
Ran 66 right into small blind 99 —47th..place #SHRPO
— Lily Maylia Kiletto (@LilyKiletto) September 1, 2014
Kiletto received $29,923 for her impressive run, which brings her live tournament earnings up to nearly $500,000. Not bad for a player, who first started playing live tournaments three years ago.
With the elimination of Kiletto and Joelle Guarino soon after, live tournament grinder Natasha Barbour was the last woman standing.
Barbour started the day with 437,000 (22 bb) in chips and within a couple of hours, she had worked her stack up to 1,1 million. But with the blinds at 20k/40k she had dipped to 775,000 in chips and was all in for her tournament life with AK vs. JJ. Luckily Barbour was able to get there, much to the delight of all her friends and followers, who railed her throughout the day.
Even though Barbour claimed she was completely card dead the last level of play, she bagged 1,3 million at the end of the day. With 18 players left it leaves Barbour with a below average stack and she is currently 14th in chips going into Day 4.
PokerWomenNews wishes Barbour the very best of luck and run good on Day 4, where the tournament will play down to the final table.
Photo: Natasha Barbour, Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open