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Lenaghan Launches, Bellande Busts on Main Event Day 6
Eighty-five players busted, Ryan Lenaghan crushed and Erika Moutinho became the Last Woman Standing on Day 6 of the 2011 Main Event.
Day 6 began with 142 players looking to punch their ticket to Day 7 but once again 50% of the field would hit the rail over four levels of play.
Among the many players to fall were Ray Henson, Sorel Mizzi, Rupert Elder, Peter Feldman and Eli Elezra.
Joe Cheong, the final surviving member of the 2010 November Nine, was also escorted to the rail courtesy of Phil “USCPhildo” Collins.
Allen Cunningham also took one of the sickest beats of the day when he slammed pocket kings straight into Marc-Andre Ladouceur’s pocket aces.
Cunningham busted on the hand and was denied his second Main Event final table in the last five years.
Former Survivor: China contestant Jean-Robert Bellande was also eliminated on Day 6 when he accidentally shoved A-T into his opponents A-J.
Bellande, who has developed quite a following with his @BrokeLivingJRB Twitter account, was being sweated closely by several big name pros throughout the day and was understandably disappointed at busting in 65th place.
Moutinho is Last Woman Standing
Claudia Crawford and Amanda Musumeci were both eliminated on Day 6, which cleared the way for Erika Moutinho to become the Last Woman Standing in the 2011 WSOP Main Event.
There’s an interesting wrinkle in the Last Woman Standing honor this year.
Moutinho’s boyfriend – David “Doc” Sands, who taught her how to play poker – is also still in the tournament and the pair even played at the same table towards the later stages of the night.
Sands has his girlfriend slightly out-chipped as he finished with 2.7 million while Moutinho ended with 2 million.
Throughout the early part of the day it looked like Phil "USCPhildo" Collins might run over the field as he was the first player to pass the 10 million chip mark.
Instead Collins faltered and that left the door open for New Orleans native Ryan Lenaghan. who went on a rampage busting players and chipping all the way up to 12.8 million by the end of the day.
Lenaghan might want to avoid looking his rear-view mirror tomorrow, however, as Ben Lamb is in second place with 9.9 million.
Lamb passed Phil Hellmuth in the Player of the Year race and considering the WSOP he’s had, it would almost be a shock if he didn’t make the November Nine.
Lindgren, Devonshire Among Pros Still Alive
There’s still hope for a pro-heavy November Nine as Collins (7.2 million), Bryan Devonshire (5.9 million), Chris Moore (5.2 million), Lars Bonding (3.3 million) and Tony Hachem (2.2 million) all have numerous chips to work with.
In addition Erick Lindgren, Steve Brecher, Matthew “Ch0ppy” Kay, Ruben Visser and Sebastian Ruthenberg all made it to Day 7.
Day 7 is the second-to-last day that will played in Las Vegas this summer and the goal is to go from 57 players down to 27 players over three tables.
Action begins tomorrow at 12 p.m. local time.