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Mizrachi, Ivey, Hanging Near The Top Of Main Event Leader Board

Michael Mizrachi became a household name two years ago at the World Series of Poker. The professional poker player won the Player of the year award, while rolling to several titles and finishing at the final table in the main event.

Just a couple of years later, and Mizrachi is back at it. With two-thirds of the 6,352 players that entered already sent to the rail in the $10,000 bguy-in tournament that began this past weekend, Mizrachi is sitting in seventh position in the chip count. The pro is chasing Mark Kroon, who holds 246,900. Mizrachi has 176,100.

Another big-name pro is also making headlines at the main event. Phil Ivey, who boycotted the biggest tournament series in poker two years ago in response to Full Tilt Poker not paying back US players after the company was indicted, is back, and is making a run. Ivey sits in 36th place, with 119,650.

Phil Hellmuth, who has made a habit out of making grand entrances at the WSOP, did so again this past weekend. Hellmuth, who is the leader among all-time WSOP wins, is showing well so far in this year's main event. Hellmuth has 92,850 in chips, good enough for 62nd place.

Wednesday will be the last of the Day 3 action, and Thursday the remaining players will come together for the first time as a group and all play on the same day. From there, the tournament will head towards the weekend looking to get down to the final table by Monday.

The main event at the WSOP is considered to be the largest and most prestigious tournament in the world. Each year, over 6,000 players file into the Rio in Las Vegas with the hope of becoming the main event champion. By today, only one-third of those dreamers were left in the 2013 version of the event.

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