Sunday June 26, 2011 : In event 40: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed, 20 players from an original field of 732 took their seats Saturday for the third day, with Justin Filtz holding a convincing chip lead. Still in the field at that point were formidable players like Shane Schleger, 2010 WSOP main event champion Jonathan Duhamel, and four-time WSOP bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu, none of whom survived the day.
Following the dinner break, the elimination of Dan O'Brien in seventh place at level 25 saw the last six players around the table: Justin Filtz, Matthew Vengrin, Robert Merulla, Wesley Pantling, Matt Jarvis and Tore Lukashaugen, with Merulla in charge. His dominance was not to last however; he busted out a little later in fourth place.
Wesley Pantling's elimination in third place set the scene for the heads between Matt Jarvis and Justin Filtz, with Jarvis holding a 3 million chip lead at level 28.
By just after midnight Saturday the two were still battling in the level, with Filtz taking back the lead and some 2.6 million up on his opponent.