Not that anything outside the usual two-outers, river suck-outs and donkstrikery went down inside the Amazon Room today; it's just that busting this late in the Main Event can leave some with a rather empty feeling. And more than a few busted today.
Play began an hour later than the usual 12 p.m. kickoff with just 474 runners and it looked by all accounts to be a race to the door. By the third level of the day we had already lost half the field and the decision was made to play down to somewhere near 180, or just one level following an 8 p.m. 90-minute dinner break.
Jeremy Joseph must have liked the notable names that join him there.
Mike Matusow is still here, and with over $500k, he's still in contention to make his second Main Event final nine as well.
Former PokerWire blogger Jeremiah Smith didn't have the kind of day he did yesterday, but still hasn't donked off all his chips and sits a little below the $1 million mark heading into Day 5.
He leads a group around the $750,000 mark that includes 2006 POY Jeff Madsen and Internet phenom Adam "Roothlus" Levy.
Two-time Main Event champ Johnny Chan made his deepest run in the Main in a few years, but said goodbye today.
Meanwhile, 11-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth had an up-and-down day, but he'll still enter Day 5 tomorrow with at least an outside shot at his second Main Event win and personal-record-breaking 12th piece of World Series jewelry, having finished with over $500k.
Hevad Khan had already been noticeably quieter in this tournament than in the past, but we definitely won't be treated to a revival of his wild antics, since he was busted by a smoking hot Tiffany Michelle.
Despite the fact Michelle built a big stack early in this year's Main Event only to see it crumble when her aces were cracked by some donk's Q-T, she survived, turned things around and will go into Day 5 with almost $650k.
For several reasons Evelyn Ng was the woman to watch throughout the first three days, but the fourth turned out to be an extra short one for Evy as she busted before the dinner break.
Meanwhile, in other "hot babes who play poker" news, PokerStars EPT hostess Kara Scott did make the cut today, although she is going to need some help going into Day 5 with just $355k and the price of poker beginning to escalate dramatically.
If it hasn't already, the serious poker begins tomorrow on Day 6, and we should start to see the contenders separate from the pretenders. Right now it's anybody's tournament to win and Jeremy Joseph's to lose. But if you want to find out which coconut will fall when we shake the tree there's only one place to be - PokerListings.com.