20 players remained going into Day 3 of WPT Maryland Live that played down to the six-handed final table yesterday. The event saw 337 runners, and at the start of Day 3 some of the best players in the field returned to take their seats. Among them WPT champion Aaron Mermelstein, two-time WPT winner Darren Elias, and the 2012 WSOP Main Event champion Greg Merson leading the way as the only player above the one million chip mark.
From our perspective the two most interesting players to watch were Cate Hall and Jamie Kerstetter, who both made it to Day 3. Of the two pros Hall was in best shape in 4th place with 804,000 in chips, while Kerstetter was one spot away from top ten with 417,000 to her name.
Two hours into the day the field had been reduced to 14 players, and Mermelstein was responsible for three of the six eliminations. Unfortunately Kerstetter was next in line, when she opened to 45,000 UTG with . Greg Merson responded with a three-bet to 105,000 which saw Kerstetter move all in for around 400,000. The former world champion called and flipped over . The board of did not improve Kerstetter’s hand, and she was eliminated in 13th place for $14,032.
Out AQ<QQ of @GregMerson 13th for $14K Gl friends still in
— Jamie Kerstetter (@JamieKerstetter) September 28, 2015
When the unofficial final table of ten was reached soon after, Cate Hall was sitting with 1.1 million in chips, a bit above average. Darren Elias failed to capture his third WPT title when he was eliminated in 10th place, and soon it was over for Michael Krasienko too. Down to 8 players it took a while before Nicholas Palma was sent to the rail in 8th place when his pair of nines lost to Merson’s AK that improved to a pair of kings on the flop. With the elimination of Joseph Cashen on the final table bubble the six-handed final table was set – and Cate Hall had made it with 695,000 in chips:
I made a WPT main event final table. I should play this cool but I am WAY too fucking excited.
— Cate Hall (@catehall) September 28, 2015
If Hall can capture the title, she will be the first woman to win a WPT Main Event on the Main Tour. But as the short stack with only 23 big blinds Hall needs two find a double up pretty quickly to stay in contention for the title and the $250k up top:
Seat 1: Cate Hall, 695,000 (23 bb)
Seat 2. Xin (Tom) Wang, 2,260,000 (75 bb)
Seat 3. Aaron Mermelstein, 2,295,000 (77 bb)
Seat 4. Greg Merson, 3,280,000 (109 bb)
Seat 5. Ken Holmes, 685,000 (23 bb)
Seat 6. Andjelko Andrejevic, 775,000 (26 bb)
2015 has been quite the breakthrough year for Cate Hall, who’s primarily a cash game player. She finished in 33rd place in the Lucky 7s Event at the WSOP for $12,226, she played on PokerNight in America, joined Joe Ingram on his Poker Life Podcast and published a much discussed and very articulate essay on our website about sexism in poker and the misogynist culture women face when we sit down at a poker table. With Hall’s opinions in mind it’s no surprise to see the Washington based pro state that she will not do any photos with the Royal Flush Girls – a statement that we very much support here at PokerWomenNews:
@catehall I encourage the men & women of this & future final tables to consider doing the same.
— Cate Hall (@catehall) September 29, 2015