Big names chase Moon on Main Event Day 7

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Phil Ivey, Antonio Esfandiari and several other pros continue their quest to make the final table of the 2009 WSOP on Tuesday.

A total of 64 players unbagged their chips and took their seats on Day 7 of the prestigious poker tournament.

The relatively unknown Darvin Moon, of Oakland, MD, controls the chip lead with nearly 10 million chips but Ivey is close behind with 6.3 million.

At the start of the day plenty of well-known pros were still in the running with the aforementioned Esfandiari, Ludovic Lacay, Prahlad Friedman all looking to make the most lucrative final table of the year.

Day 7 is the second to last day of the 2009 WSOP summer schedule. Tomorrow players will return and play down to a final table of nine. Those nine players will go on an extensive break and then return in November to crown a true champion in poker's biggest event.

Last year Day 7 saw the field narrowed all the way from 79 to 27 but tournament organizers have not announced where they will try to end play today. Because they are starting with just 64 players it's possible they will play down to a number below 27.

Amongst the players to be eliminated on Day 7 last year were Phil Hellmuth, Mike Matusow and Kido Pham, essentially erasing any chance of a big name pro making the final table.

Be sure to follow PokerListings' live updates throughout the day as we chronicle the journey to the final table.

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