Phil Hellmuth is the Chip Leader; J.C. Tran is WPT POY

With 54 remaining at the WPT World Championship, Phil Hellmuth has taken the chip lead and is now stacked at 1,827,000 going into Day 4. In second overall is Raymond Davis with 1,704,000.

Some things of note:

:: If Hellmuth were to hold on like that song from Wilson Phillips and win the event, he’d be the first WSOP ME champ to also win the WPT World Championship. Also in the running to accomplish that feat is Carlos Mortensen, who goes into Day 4 stacked eigth overall with 939,000. We saw C-Mort in his car in the parking garage during play just listening to some music at one stage, so we’re glad he cleared his head or whatever he was doing to relax in there and came back strong.

Jb:: In case anyone forgot, Justin Bonomo is a freaking good player even when he’s not multi-tabling the same online event. He’s managed to cash in yet another event and is very healthy with an above average stack of 625,000.

:: Paul Wasicka is about average stacked. If Wasicka can pull through with a big finish, he may be able to challenge the spectacularly breasted J.C. Tran (at right) for the Card Player POY award this year. You can read Wasicka’s blogging on the WPT site here.

:: Segue! With the elimination of Daniel Negreanu, J.C. Tran locks up WPT POY honors. Whether or not someone challenges him for best breasts honors this year remains to be seen.

:: And finally, the short-stack going into Day 4 is Patrik Antonius with 38,000. We observed Patrik getting a one-hour massage during play. When the female masseuse finished, Lady Chops asked, "Now, will she pay him for letting her give the massage?"

After the jump, a video of Phil Hellmuth and Jamie Gold discussing their bluffing prop bet in which Jamie made off with six-grand of Phil’s money.

Get full chip counts here. For a list of Top 10 Sports Bloopers of All-Time (yes, "Boom Goes the Dynamite" is on there), here.


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