Bach on Top, Lamb Unstoppable on Main Event Day 5

Ben Lamb
Ben Lamb

Ben Lamb’s run at the 2011 WSOP Main Event is starting to get just plain ridiculous.

Lamb, who already has one bracelet and three final tables at the 2011 WSOP, absolutely crushed his competition on Day 5 of the Main Event.

He finished the day with 4 million chips, which puts him in the top five chip leaders overall.

Not only is Lamb set to make at least $54,000 in the Main Event, it’s looking that he’s a virtual lock to pass Phil Hellmuth in the Player of the Year race.

Lamb only needs to get into the final 138 players to pass Hellmuth. WSOPE events will count towards POY this time around, though, so the race won't be officially over until October.

There are several players who topped Lamb on Day 5, with the most notable being mixed-game master David Bach who finished as the chip leader with 4.7 million chips.

One of the primary stories of the 2011 Main Event continues to be the exceptionally fast play in the $10,000 buy-in tournament.

Negreanu's Ride Over

Day 5 began with 378 players but by the conclusion of four levels, over half that number had been relegated to the rail. 

Manoj Viswanathan entered Day 5 as the chip leader with 2.1 million chips but imploded in spectacular fashion and finished in 191st place.

Daniel Negreanu’s wild ride in the Main Event also came to an end on Day 5.

Day 4 was a crazy one for Kid Poker as he was down to 17,000, quadrupled up to 70,000 and finished the day with 619,000 chips.

Unfortunately Day 5 was not as kind to Negreanu and after bleeding chips for most of the day he finally fell with his TT beaten by a modest A-7.

Some of the other players to fall to the rail on Day 5 included Darus Suharto, Freddy Deeb, Mark Newhouse, Sopranos star Robert Iler, Peter Jetten, Kevin Saul, Matt Stout and former PokerListings strategy writer Dan Skolovy.

Bellande, Cunningham, Elezra, Lindgren Make it Through

Fortunately there was also a stack of notable players who made it through to Day 6.

Those include Bryan Devonshire, Sebastian Ruthenberg, Tony Hachem, Aaron Jones, Jean-Robert Bellande, Sorel Mizzi, Eli Elezra, Erick Lindgren, Allen Cunningham, Sami Kelopuro and Phil "USCPhildo" Collins.

2010 November Niner Joe Cheong also made it through the day, which means his shot at making back-to-back November Nine appearances is still alive.

Three women remain in the 2011 Main Event with Claudia Crawford (1.8 million chips), Amanda Musumeci (738,000 chips) and Erika Moutinho (878,000 chips) all looking to become the first woman since 1995 to reach the Main Event final table.

In total there were 142 players that lived long enough to bag up chips and take a shot at Day 6.

The action continues tomorrow at 12 p.m. from the Rio in sunny Las Vegas.

The 2011 WSOP continues through July 19. For comprehensive coverage live from Las Vegas check PokerListings' Live Updates brought to you by PartyPoker.

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