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Coleman Leads, Brunson Thrives, Ivey Out as Main Event Hits Day 4
The 6,352 hopefuls who started the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event have been pared to just 666 as they head to Day 4 today.
Among them are some of the biggest names in poker, but none amassed a stack as big as amateur Maxx Coleman from Kansas, who topped the 1 million mark to take the overall chip lead.
With just a few small cashes in his live tournament career Coleman is living the poker dream right now and will have a few more hours to enjoy his moment in the sun before the pros get to work hunting him down.
Among them will be the Godfather of Poker, Doyle Brunson, who considered skippping the event altogether because of the long days, but has perservered to bag a top 35 stack.
Heading into the bubble day Brunson looks good to make his 35th career cash at the WSOP but he's still a long way shy of his 11th career bracelet.
Schwartz, Obrestad, Weisner, ElkY Circling
The mix of players left is pros and amateurs alike with several notables in the top half of the field.
Max Steinberg (987,500), Vladimir Geshkenbein (900,000), Kyle Julius (751,000) and Johannes Strassmann (725,000) are among the big stackers while former WSOPE Main Event Champ Annette Obrestad leads the female contingent with 564,000.
Luke "FullFlush" Schwartz (620,500), Melanie Weisner (536,000) and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (455,000) are other intriguing names up in the counts.
2012 WSOP Main Event champ Greg Merson is also still going strong with 390,500.
The overall top 10 in chips:
- 1. Maxx Coleman 1,071,500
- 2. Joshua Prager 993,000
- 3. Max Steinberg 987,500
- 4. Jonathan Lane 958,500
- 5. Dick van Luijk 940,000
- 6. Vladimir Geshkenbein 900,000
- 7. Nick Schwarmann 893,000
- 8. Matthew Huey 885,500
- 9. Chris Johnson 862,000
- 10. Guilherme Garcia 853,500
Ivey, Cates, Hellmuth, Galfond Among the Fallen
The list of the fallen is long and littered with notables including Phil Ivey, who was building well until a set-under-set nightmare with Steinberg bounced him to the rail.
Dan "Jungleman" Cates, Phil Hellmuth, Phil Galfond, Sam Holdem, Anthony Gregg, Liv Boeree and Johnny Chan were just a few of the other notables to join him, as was celeb Ray Romano, who did find some solace in his highest finish ever (video below).
Check our WSOP Main Event Live Updates for a full rundown of all yesterday's action and pick it up again at noon today. The money will kick in at 648 so expect some tense moments early in the day as hand-for-hand play takes hold.