We started the day with 143 players, whose ranks were led by the likes of Toronto ATM-salesman-turned-maniac David Matthew with $156,625. Matthew was followed on the chip leaderboard by Daniel Alaei with $141,125, Darrell Dicken with $123,100, and Michael Binger joined their ranks soon after when his pocket kings ran into Lex Veldhuis' flopped set of sevens, and John D'Agostino, Nam Le, Amnon Filippi, Scandinavian online pro Lex Veldhuis, and Steve Sung.
The table was a revolving door of pros and unfortunate amateurs, with a more-than-usual share of eliminations occurring in the seats between Le and Veldhuis. The most compelling battles of the day, however, were fought between Ivey and Sung, who refused to lay hands down to re-raises from one of the most feared players on the planet.
Two hands in a row, Sung came over the top of an Ivey re-raise, causing the pro endless consternation that wasn't helped when he doubled up Sung with Q10o versus A-K on a 10-3-3-Q-K board. Eventually, Sung would meet his maker, but it wasn't at Ivey's hand.
Meanwhile, Johnny Chan was busting out and throwing a tantrum while doing it. Shortly after doubling up Yoon Kim, Chan would be eliminated by Ardavan Yadzi when his Big Slick fell to Yadzi's club flush. Chan crumpled his cards and threw them into the air before storming off and out of sight, leaving Yadzi to wonder aloud whether Johnny Chan would have him killed or simply publicly humiliated.
The fifth level of the evening was the final hurrah for the sole surviving female player, as Jonathan Little, Chip Reese, Eric Froehlich, Alan Goehring, David Pham, Haralabos Voulgaris, Nam Le, Shannon Shorr, Daniel Alaei, and Burt Boutin.
Action resumes tomorrow at noon Pacific Time, and PokerListings.com will be on scene for every second of poker action. Hit us up for comprehensive tournament coverage as the money bubble bursts and the field gets closer and closer to that elusive date with Linda Johnson. See you tomorrow!