Benger, Kassouf Smash WSOP Main Event Day 5 as 80 Remain

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New Yorker Jerry Wong is the chip leader of the Main Event with 11.5 million chips as 80 players remain.

New Zealander Jan Suchanek is close behind with 10.3 million as is Belgian pro Kenny Hallaert with 10 million.

Toronto’s Griffin Benger (9.8 million), William Kassouf (8.3 million) and Jared Bleznick (8.3 million) are also in the top 20.

Here's a look at the top 10 chip counts at the end of play:

  • 1. Jerry Wong - 11,555,000
  • 2. Jan Suchanek - 10,305,000
  • 3. Kenny Hallaert - 10,050,000
  • 4. Griffin Benger - 9,860,000
  • 5. Joshua Weiss - 8,330,000
  • 6. William Kassouf - 8,300,000
  • 7. David L'honore - 8,265,000
  • 8. Chang Luo - 8,90,000
  • 10. Fernando Pons - 7,955,000

Baumann Clinches Last Woman Standing

There were plenty of female players still in the field at the start of Day 5 but by the end of the day not a single one remained.

Gaelle Baumann Double 5
Gaelle Baumann hits a double up.

Maria Ho and Jen Shahade busted early. Melanie Weisner spent some of the tournament as the chip leader but she eventually busted after her ace-king got cracked by 5-3.

That meant that Gaelle Baumann had once again earned last woman standing honors. She famously finished 10th in the 2012 Main Event.

This year Baumann finished 102nd, which netted her $49k.

Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Scott Montgomery, Garrett Adelstein, Todd Brunson, Ashton Griffin and Mark Gorodinsky all busted on Day 5.

We’ll have a new world champion in 2016 as the last two world champs remaining in the tournament — Johnny Chan and Greg Raymer — were eliminated.

Some of the players still in the hunt include Paul Volpe, Max Silver, Cliff Josephy, Antoine Saout, Daniel Colman, James Obst, Jason Les, Tom Middleton and Jonathan Karamalikis.

Interestingly Volpe and Silver are still in contention for Player of the Year and could pass Jason Mercier with a very strong finish in the Main Event.

Action resumes at 12:00 a.m. tomorrow. You can follow along via PokerListings’ on-demand live updates as we inch ever closer to the final table.

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