The 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event Day 6 played on Sunday, taking the playing field from 79 down to just 27.
The unlucky player to bring an end to the day at about 11:45 p.m. on Sunday was Nikolay Losev. Losev went out on a hand against Nicholas Sliwinski.
The two had been sparring all evening, and this time around the action folded to Sliwinski in the small blind and he called. Losev, sitting in the big blind, raised it to $775,000 and got an all-in move from Sliwinski in return.
Losev tanked to decide if it was worth putting his own tournament life on the line and eventually made the call. His 3♥ 8♥ ended up against Sliwinski's A♣ 5♥, and when the board came T♠ 4♦ T♣ 9♥ 4♠, Losev was eliminated in 28th place.
Mike Matusow was also one of the players who busted out in Day 6. He lasted most of the day, hitting the rail in 30th place.
Matusow had reraised Paul Snead's $200,000 to $660,000 from the big blind, and then both players checked the A♦ A♠ 5♥ flop.
When a 9♥ fell on the turn, Matusow bet another $500,000, and Snead moved all-in. Matusow called and found that his A♥ J♠ for flopped trips was dominated by Snead's A♣ 9♣ for the full house. A K♣ on the river sealed the deal and Matusow was out.
The only former WSOP Champion still in the mix on Day 6 was Phil Hellmuth, and he landed in 45th place. He got it all-in with A♥ Q♦ against Andrew Rosskamm's J♥ J♣ and couldn't improve. The board came 4♥ K♦ 3♥ T♥ 2♠ to send the Poker Brat to the rail, but not before extending his record for WSOP cashes.
More important than who went out on Day 6 is who is still surviving after the day. The players returning today and their chip counts are:
|Dennis Phillips||St. Louis||11,910,000|
|Craig Marquis||Arlington, Texas||11,460,000|
|Tiffany Michelle||Los Angeles||9,755,000|
|Peter Eastgate||Odense, Denmark||9,325,000|
|Kelly Kim||Whittier, Calif.||8,840,000|
|David Rheem||Los Angeles||8,280,000|
|Gert Andersen||Herning, Denmark||6,740,000|
|Paul Snead||Kings Park, N.Y.||6,600,000|
|Chris Klodnicki||Voorhees, N.J.||6,245,000|
|Judet Toni Cristian||Bucharest, Romania||5,000,000|
|Ivan Demidov||Moscow, Russia||4,965,000|
|Nicholas Sliwinski||Las Vegas||4,925,000|
|Brandon Cantu||Las Vegas||4,740,000|
|Darus Suharto||Toronto, Canada||4,510,000|
|Scott Montgomery||Perth, Canada||4,320,000|
|Owen Crowe||Halifax, Mass.||3,800,000|
|Albert Kim||Staten Island, N.Y.||3,675,000|
|Ylon Schwartz||Brooklyn, N.Y.||3,655,000|
|Jason Riesenberg||Halbur, Iowa||3,405,000|
|Anthony Scherer||Truckee, Calif.||2,385,000|
|Dean Hamrick||East Lansing, Mich.||2,375,000|
|Tim Loecke||Highland Park, Ill.||2,280,000|
|Aaron Gordon||Brighton, England||1,790,000|
|Niklas Flisberg||Stockholm, Sweden||1,330,000|
|Phi Nguyen||Hawaiian Garden, Calif.||1,020,000|
|Michael Carroll||Carson, Calif.||1,015,000|
Sitting third in chips, Tiffany Michelle survived Day 6 to become the last woman standing in the 2008 WSOP Main Event, and she is on track to possibly be the highest female finisher in the Main Event since Annie Duke finished in 10th place in 2000.
Susie Isaacs also finished in 10th place in the Main Event in 1999, and the highest-placed-female record goes to Barbara Enright, who took fifth place in 1995.
Only two former WSOP gold bracelet winners remain in the event as well. Brandon Cantu, who won a bracelet in 2006, sits somewhere in the middle of the chip count coming into today, and Phi Nguyen, a two-time bracelet winner, is coming in fairly short-stacked today.
Action resumes at noon and will play down to the final nine players. PokerListings.com will be there all day to bring you the best updates, videos, photos and more from the Main Event in the Live Tournaments section.