Online Poker

Players Prepare for the Main Event Day 6

by Poker Team

The road to crowning a world champion of poker is a long and winding one, but we are inching closer and closer to having it happen.  Play began on day 5 with 407 players remaining from the sold out field and play went quickly as scores of players were eliminated in a continuation of the fast play that ensued once the money bubble burst on day 4.

Going into day 5, the goal was to play two 5-hour levels or down to 175 players.  It was apparent rather early on that the session would not last as long as originally thought as players were not at all reluctant to call other players’ all in moves.  With the high stakes involved, by the end of the day, there were just 185 left.

Many notables still remain in the field including defending champion Peter Eastgate, and former champ Joe Hachem. Other past champions were not as fortunate as Dan Harrington and Bobby Baldwin were knocked out on day 5.  In a bit of a surprise, 2009’s 3rd place finisher, Dennis Phillips is still in the mix as well.  This year’s run looks like it will prevent him from attending the Major League Baseball All-Star game in his hometown of St. Louis.  In addition to those players,  Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Joe Sebok, Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari, and  Phil Ivey are all still in the hunt.

The current chip leader is amateur Warren Zackey from South Africa who has 4.87 million in chips.

For the next level, play is expected to continue to about 64 players.

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