Commentary

Amateur Aadam Daya wins $625,872

Updated: June 3, 2010, 5:55 PM ET
By Andrew Feldman | ESPN.com

The "Stimulus Special" event that the WSOP attempted in 2009 was brilliant. Players came from around the world to test their luck in the least expensive ($1,000) buy-in event of the Series and to be able to say that they played in one of the largest poker tournaments in history. A mere 6,012 players spent their $1,000 last year and the WSOP staff believed that the cheaper events could be the start of something big. After all, these events are used as a way to bring new players into the WSOP experience and so far, have succeeded in that goal.

Upon the release of the 2010 WSOP schedule, the most noticeable difference was the seven $1,000 events on the schedule. Kicking the WSOP off in a big way was a priority and Event 3 brought out the poker masses to create a field of 4,345. The last man standing was Canadian business analyst Aadam Daya who beat out eight Americans at the final table to make his first WSOP cash and earn $625,872.

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WSOPPhotos.comAadam Daya turned $1,000 into $625,872 with his victory in Event 3.

The 31-year old has cashed at a few other venues, but on a much smaller scale. His previous highest cash was for $24,963 and Daya understood this was clearly a defining moment for him.

"[Winning the bracelet] means I've accomplished something in poker that I've been trying to achieve for quite a while," said Daya. "I dreamed about it, obviously. But I did not expect anything like this."

After all the hype about Michael and Robert Mizrachi making the final table of Event 2, there was almost a family reunion during Event 3. There has never been a father-son duo at the final table, but it can't get much closer than this: Richard Rice finished ninth and his father, Irving, finished 10th.

Notable finishers from Event 3 include Eric Baldwin (15th), Jonathan Aguiar (44th) and Lee Markholt (94th).

Below are the complete results of Event 3 at the 2010 World Series of Poker:

Event 3: no-limit hold 'em
Buy-in: $1,000
Entries: 4,345
Prize pool: $3,910,500
Players in the money: 441

1. Aadam Daya 625,872)
2. Deepak Bhatti ($385,106)
3. Gabe Costner ($279,327)
4. Bart Davis ($206,904)
5. Nicholas Mitchell ($154,425)
6. Cory Brown ($116,141)
7. Isaac Settle ($88,025)
8. Dash Dudley ($67,221)
9. Rich Rice ($51,735)
10. Irving Rice ($40,121)
11. Dmitry Gromov ($40,121)
12. Joshua Roberts ($40,121)
13. Samuel Paolini ($31,362)
14. Ashira Lavine ($31,362)
15. Eric Baldwin ($31,362)
16. Jeremiah Degreef ($24,675)
17. Matthew Wilkins ($24,675)
18. Tai Tan Nguyen ($24,675)
19. Michael Michnik ($19,591)
20. Nikunj Gandhi ($19,591)
21. Sanjay Pandya ($19,591)
22. Champie Douglas ($19,591)
23. Robert Scott ($19,591)
24. Terry Fleischer ($19,591)
25. Thomas McCann ($19,591)
26. Thomas Joanides ($19,591)
27. Alex Baher ($19,591)
28. Drew Crawford ($15,642)
29. Dana Kellstrom ($15,642)
30. Brian Green ($15,642)
31. Horst Eilers ($15,642)
32. Paul Hegyi ($15,642)
33. Jerod Florez ($15,642)
34. Derek Taylor ($15,642)
35. Nancy Todd Tyner ($15,642)
36. Anthony Gargano ($15,642)
37. Jae Hwang ($12,591)
38. Timothy Fierro ($12,591)
39. Michael Diclemente ($12,591)
40. James Erickson ($12,591)
41. Jonathan Walker ($12,591)
42. Erik Aude ($12,591)
43. Allin Collins ($12,591)
44. Jonathan Aguiar ($12,591)
45. Joshua Honegger ($12,591)
46. Men Nguyen ($10,206)
47. Grant Dover ($10,206)
48. William Heger ($10,206)
49. David Vanwert ($10,206)
50. Lance Oliver ($10,206)
51. Bryan Hakl ($10,206)
52. Zvi Groysman ($10,206)
53. Sukru Kekilli ($10,206)
54. Bahbak Oboodi ($10,206)
55. Clayton Newman ($8,329)
56. Paul Davidson ($8,329)
57. Francis Lumayag ($8,329)
58. Matthew Smith ($8,329)
59. John Wakeen ($8,329)
60. Cyriel Dohmen ($8,329)
61. Barry Faecher ($8,329)
62. Travis Allen ($8,329)
63. Joshua Hill ($8,329)
64. Marc Goldman ($6,843)
65. David Arnold ($6,843)
66. Zachary Hench ($6,843)
67. Julie Dang ($6,843)
68. Dominic Ricciardi ($6,843)
69. Jerrymee Jose ($6,843)
70. Thomas Wolfe ($6,843)
71. John Hanley ($6,843)
72. Leopoldo Araneta ($6,843)
73. Joseph Carr-Hill ($5,670)
74. Timothy Boytor ($5,670)
75. Mark Dickstein ($5,670)
76. Cherie Beasley ($5,670)
77. Jamie McCarrel ($5,670)
78. Thomas Lutz ($5,670)
79. Chris Bjorin ($5,670)
80. Armando Blondin ($5,670)
81. Troy Sprungl ($5,670)
82. Jessica Mendoza ($4,731)
83. Joseph Eubanks ($4,731)
84. Christopher Bonita ($4,731)
85. Matthew Kay ($4,731)
86. Antonio Prieto ($4,731)
87. Lanny Levine ($4,731)
88. Thayer Rasmussen ($4,731)
89. Jennifer Barrile ($4,731)
90. Anders Taylor ($4,731)
91. Joseph Elpayaa ($3,988)
92. Braxton Dunaway ($3,988)
93. Robert Meyers ($3,988)
94. Lee Markholt ($3,988)
95. Gregory Giannokostos ($3,988)
96. Peter Campo ($3,988)
97. Khalil Hamdan ($3,988)
98. Romerico Magbanua ($3,988)
99. Mark Segal ($3,988)
100. Joshua Kay ($3,363)
101. Andrew Youngblood ($3,363)
102. Jeffrey Dumas ($3,363)
103. Contreras Norman ($3,363)
104. Brian Benhamou ($3,363)
105. Vitkind Dmitry ($3,363)
106. Tepen Ryan ($3,363)
107. Julian Parmann ($3,363)
108. Felix De Sousa Rodrigo ($3,363)
109. Evertez Neal ($3,363)
110. Jensen Soren ($3,363)
111. Java Nipun ($3,363)
112. Jared Hamby ($3,363)
113. Talebi Rodeen ($3,363)
114. Estrella Baltazar ($3,363)
115. Theodore McNeely ($3,363)
116. Schick Dorlan ($3,363)
117. Kevin Boudreau ($3,363)
118. Randy Rhee ($3,363)
119. Evans Jeffrey ($3,363)
120. Steve Sacks ($3,363)
121. Eric Semel ($3,363)
122. Justin Sigler ($3,363)
123. Adam Shuman ($3,363)
124. Andrew Chilkowich ($3,363)
125. Daniel Collinge ($3,363)
126. Kun Tong ($3,363)
127. Ronald Jenkins ($3,363)
128. Dan Lu ($3,363)
129. Michael Carson ($3,363)
130. Tommy Vedes ($3,363)
131. Ariel Schneller ($3,363)
132. Robert Green ($3,363)
133. Dylan Ellison ($3,363)
134. Kim Ung ($3,363)
135. Michael Crump ($3,363)
136. Blake Cahail ($3,363)
137. Jason Glass ($3,363)
138. Andre Stavenow ($3,363)
139. Kenneth Evanowski ($3,363)
140. Shreeniwas Kelkar ($3,363)
141. Jared Ingles ($3,363)
142. Americo Delgado ($3,363)
143. Christine Legrand ($3,363)
144. Jonathan Catoe ($3,363)
145. James Vallejos ($3,363)
146. Adam Lippert ($3,363)
147. Shawn Craft ($3,363)
148. Bradley Anderson ($3,363)
149. Joel Rogers ($3,363)
150. Eric King ($3,363)
151. Marcello Cabrera ($3,363)
152. Vladimir Ventosa ($3,363)
153. John Reilly ($3,363)
154. Raymond Szu ($3,363)
155. Jerry Gilchrist ($3,363)
156. Keven Stammen ($3,363)
157. Terry Jacobs ($3,363)
158. Alan Brodsky ($3,363)
159. James Mutchler ($3,363)
160. Adam White ($3,363)
161. Timothy Callahan ($3,363)
162. Jonathan Friedberg ($3,363)
163. Vagan Oganyan ($2,854)
164. Jon Lactaoen ($2,854)
165. Ariel Savage ($2,854)
166. Matthew Berkey ($2,854)
167. Robert Zipf ($2,854)
168. Glen Bertelson ($2,854)
169. Jordan Morgan ($2,854)
170. James Lee ($2,854)
171. Srinivasa Yarlagadda ($2,854)
172. David Byer ($2,854)
173. Robert Chow ($2,854)
174. Bjornar Thomassen ($2,854)
175. Johnny Evans ($2,854)
176. Allan Faure ($2,854)
177. Robert Olivetti ($2,854)
178. Ricardo Ruiz ($2,854)
179. Paul Lei ($2,854)
180. Justin Conley ($2,854)
181. Mark Meurrens ($2,854)
182. Christian Lodahl ($2,854)
183. Jason Jochem ($2,854)
184. Daniel Mogavero ($2,854)
185. Adam Fuchs ($2,854)
186. Brett Schwertley ($2,854)
187. Steven Moss ($2,854)
188. Roland Suen ($2,854)
189. Luiz Deandrade ($2,854)
190. Matthew Mallady ($2,854)
191. David Aue ($2,854)
192. Simone Donghi ($2,854)
193. Nicholas Chlebeck ($2,854)
194. Michael Shelton ($2,854)
195. Jacob Stearley ($2,854)
196. Bradley Miller ($2,854)
197. Doyle Conley ($2,854)
198. Mehran Shahidi ($2,854)
199. Christopher Savage ($2,854)
200. Brent Roberts ($2,854)
201. Mario Perera ($2,854)
202. Ryan Ramos ($2,854)
203. David Ventura ($2,854)
204. Eduard Kapitonov ($2,854)
205. Trevor Pope ($2,854)
206. Jeremy Ausmus ($2,854)
207. Richard West ($2,854)
208. Jeffrey Warren ($2,854)
209. Pierre Ngo ($2,854)
210. Kenneth Coppens ($2,854)
211. Timothy Singleton ($2,854)
212. Ryan Goindoo ($2,854)
213. Joshua Noy ($2,854)
214. Matthew Sexton ($2,854)
215. Joseph Williams ($2,854)
216. Todd Traughber ($2,854)
217. Anthony Blanda ($2,854)
218. Sergey Pomerantsev ($2,854)
219. Hansen Ni ($2,854)
220. Stanley Caudle ($2,854)
221. Evgeny Shnayder ($2,854)
222. Sangni Zhao ($2,854)
223. Greg Pierson ($2,854)
224. Daniel Aviles ($2,854)
225. Timothy Koester ($2,854)
226. Jenny Wilson ($2,463)
227. Charles Tabor ($2,463)
228. Elias Hourani ($2,463)
229. Bashar Bahami ($2,463)
230. Richard Byrd ($2,463)
231. Patricia Cardner ($2,463)
232. Andy Park ($2,463)
233. Ryan Gentry ($2,463)
234. Chad Layne ($2,463)
235. Yu Truong ($2,463)
236. Corwin Cole ($2,463)
237. Nenad Sizgoric ($2,463)
238. Christopher Benoit ($2,463)
239. Wayne McGregor ($2,463)
240. Kevin Omealia ($2,463)
241. Roger Vistian ($2,463)
242. Zachary Hirst ($2,463)
243. Tero Huittinen ($2,463)
244. Thien Phan ($2,463)
245. Jason Steinhorn ($2,463)
246. Patrick Kelly ($2,463)
247. Matthew Shepsky ($2,463)
248. Tai Yao ($2,463)
249. Roberto Salamone ($2,463)
250. Roy Cook ($2,463)
251. Thomas Stoll ($2,463)
252. Benjamin Lefew ($2,463)
253. Ian Goldberg ($2,463)
254. Toan Trinh ($2,463)
255. Luke Staudenmaier ($2,463)
256. Gustavo Guimaitan ($2,463)
257. Michael Vitullo ($2,463)
258. Jose Gatmaitan ($2,463)
259. Yi Cheng ($2,463)
260. Tommy Tran ($2,463)
261. Keith Kadoyama ($2,463)
262. Cornelius Hardwick ($2,463)
263. Aliaksei Kastsiushyn ($2,463)
264. Chad Davis ($2,463)
265. Nickolas Nadeau ($2,463)
266. Frank Liu ($2,463)
267. Scott Lychwick ($2,463)
268. Tommy Townsend ($2,463)
269. William Gordon ($2,463)
270. James ross ($2,463)
271. Adam Housman ($2,463)
272. Alan Jaffray ($2,463)
273. Albert Winchester ($2,463)
274. Scott Vetter ($2,463)
275. Brad Tucker ($2,463)
276. Manish Parekh ($2,463)
277. Marcello Del Grosso ($2,463)
278. Julien Billion ($2,463)
279. Christopher Parkinson ($2,463)
280. Henrik Brun ($2,463)
281. Anthony Zinno ($2,463)
282. Gary Brafuman ($2,463)
283. Oliver Nebel ($2,463)
284. Michael Katz ($2,463)
285. Anthony Biagi ($2,463)
286. Jens Ravn ($2,463)
287. Chad Dixon ($2,463)
288. Jonathan Little ($2,463)
289. Paul Crisafulli ($2,463)
290. Jonathan Evans ($2,463)
291. Ravik Raghavan ($2,463)
292. Mauricio Cruz ($2,463)
293. Joe Sebok ($2,463)
294. Robert Gordon ($2,463)
295. Ryan Beckwith ($2,463)
296. Blake Kelso ($2,463)
297. Stephen Ladowsky ($2,463)
298. Matthew Kursar ($2,150)
299. Justin Iovanne ($2,150)
300. Danny Jensen ($2,150)
301. Chris McCormack ($2,150)
302. Nathanael Seet ($2,150)
303. Ianiv Ronen ($2,150)
304. Ian Wiley ($2,150)
305. Vincent Curry ($2,150)
306. Brian Kennedy ($2,150)
307. Scott Fuller ($2,150)
308. Daniel Sheetz ($2,150)
309. Narinder Khasria ($2,150)
310. Jack Wagner ($2,150)
311. Justin Young ($2,150)
312. Matthew Lessinger ($2,150)
313. Mark Johns ($2,150)
314. Christopher Barrile ($2,150)
315. Brian Montanez ($2,150)
316. Patrick Burmeier ($2,150)
317. Christopher ($2,150)
318. Ngoc Pham ($2,150)
319. Jacob Guimond ($2,150)
320. Andrey Martsev ($2,150)
321. Brian Edmonds ($2,150)
322. Jorge Guzman ($2,150)
323. Yannick Tessier ($2,150)
324. BArret Fujita ($2,150)
325. Robert Goldstein ($2,150)
326. Kenny Hallaert ($2,150)
327. Noell Anderson ($2,150)
328. Ryan Szigeti ($2,150)
329. John Rose ($2,150)
330. Jeffrey Blenkarn ($2,150)
331. Lisa Parsons ($2,150)
332. David Hantman ($2,150)
333. Mark Bryan ($2,150)
334. Gary Littlejohn ($2,150)
335. Young Phan ($2,150)
336. Gregory Wood ($2,150)
337. Cory Ahlers ($2,150)
338. Ronald Terrill ($2,150)
339. James Meehan ($2,150)
340. Byan Devonshire ($2,150)
341. Shawn Glimes ($2,150)
342. Phillip Spellman ($2,150)
343. Michael Hong ($2,150)
344. Quang Tran ($2,150)
345. Peter Forrstrom ($2,150)
346. Daniel Adams ($2,150)
347. Carl Brochu ($2,150)
348. Michael Jordon ($2,150)
349. Alexander Venovski ($2,150)
350. Gary Garcia ($2,150)
351. Brian Koopowitz ($2,150)
352. William Seeholzer ($2,150)
353. Angelo Limanis ($2,150)
354. Kevin Chan ($2,150)
355. Hernandez Foyo ($2,150)
356. Jerry Zehr ($2,150)
357. James Morgan ($2,150)
358. Michael Crystal ($2,150)
359. Todd Spafford ($2,150)
360. Michael Chmelicek ($2,150)
361. Darren Kennedy ($2,150)
362. Jason Wheeler ($2,150)
363. Antonio Garcia ($2,150)
364. Robert Conroy ($2,150)
365. Matthew Pino ($2,150)
366. Robert Harcarik ($2,150)
367. Jeremy Wien ($2,150)
368. Christian Klauser ($2,150)
369. Ronnie Khanna ($2,150)
370. James Farley ($1,877)
371. Mitchell Kessler ($1,877)
372. Joel Herron ($1,877)
373. Daniel Fuhs ($1,877)
374. Fernando Quintero ($1,877)
375. Laurence Houghton ($1,877)
376. Tuyen Bguyen ($1,877)
377. James Cavanagh ($1,877)
378. Niel Tyler ($1,877)
379. Sarah Wissel ($1,877)
380. Ray Small ($1,877)
381. Andrew Daniels ($1,877)
382. Matthew Schulte ($1,877)
383. Daniel Smith ($1,877)
384. George Cherucheril ($1,877)
385. Nicholas Carson ($1,877)
386. Mohsin Charania ($1,877)
387. Justin Crow ($1,877)
388. Christopher Wong ($1,877)
389. John Feder ($1,877)
390. Brian Hodhod ($1,877)
391. Daniel Cai ($1,877)
392. Ryan Benn ($1,877)
393. Larina Palebath ($1,877)
394. Joel Goldschmidt ($1,877)
395. Glyn Banks ($1,877)
396. Greg Pohler ($1,877)
397. Steven Schweickart ($1,877)
398. Dalton Mills ($1,877)
399. Rodney Ramalho ($1,877)
400. Thomas Bass ($1,877)
401. Craig Needels ($1,877)
402. Daniel Hirleman ($1,877)
403. Justin Zambri ($1,877)
404. Trevor Lawson ($1,877)
405. Gary Steinberg ($1,877)
406. Randall Mahaney ($1,877)
407. Maohit Ramchand ($1,877)
408. Scott Fawcett ($1,877)
409. David Drury ($1,877)
410. David Verduzco ($1,877)
411. Brad Beard ($1,877)
412. Sean Brandow ($1,877)
413. Scott Rowan ($1,877)
414. Jesse Ashton ($1,877)
415. Christine Bellili ($1,877)
416. Robert Flowers ($1,877)
417. Benjamin Whittle ($1,877)
418. Danny Tse ($1,877)
419. Hung Nguyen ($1,877)
420. Pablo Perez ($1,877)
421. Vanessa Rousso ($1,877)
422. Nobuhiro Imigi ($1,877)
423. Eric Kurtzman ($1,877)
424. Alberto Arauz ($1,877)
425. Christopher Webb ($1,877)
426. Frank Cimperman ($1,877)
427. Sean Getzwiller ($1,877)
428. Brian Gold ($1,877)
429. David Singh ($1,877)
430. Kyle Zartman ($1,877)
431. Guy Bottin ($1,877)
432. Ryan Befort ($1,877)
433. Lawrence Merritt ($1,877)
434. Allie Prescott ($1,877)
435. Joshua Stern ($1,877)
436. Steven McLoughlin ($1,877)
437. Mark Thompson ($1,877)
438. Jesse Rittenhouse ($1,877)
439. Alexander Schiller ($1,877)
440. Marc Durand ($1,877)
441. Linyang Song ($1,877)

Andrew Feldman is ESPN.com's Poker Editor. He is the host of the Poker Edge Podcast and co-host of ESPN Inside Deal. Andrew has covered the poker industry for ESPN since 2004.

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