Money talks on Day 4 of 2009 WSOP Main Event

Ludovic Lacay
One part of the French invasion.

The players are seated for Day 4 and the roped-off portion of the Amazon Room continues to get smaller and smaller as the action in the 2009 WSOP heats up.

789 players returned to the Main Event Saturday as the money spots get that much closer. With 648 places paid the money bubble is virtually guaranteed to burst today.

Bertrand 'ElkY" Grospellier took a commanding chip lead on Day 3 and entered Friday's play with 1.6 million chips, with fellow Frenchman Ludovic Lacay second in the chip count at 925k.

Day 4 will play out until four levels are played or 400 players are eliminated.

While Day 3 might indicate a French takeover in the Main Event, lots of big-name players still lurk in the field.

Phil Hellmuth is still in play with a shot at his 12th WSOP bracelet, beginning the day with 485k in chips.

Phil Ivey, Joe Sebok, Justin Bonomo and Paul Wasicka all began the day amongst the top 100 chip stacks, with Hevad Khan and Vitaly Lunkin also still right in the mix.

Ivey and Grospellier were seated at the same table for a time yesterday but managed to avoid each other for the most part and are now seated at different tables.

Some weren't so lucky Friday, as Day 4 starts without Jason Alexander, Carlos Mortensen and John Juanda.

Two members of the 2008 WSOP November Nine are stacked with chips as third place finisher Dennis Phillips has 460,000 while reigning World Champion Peter Eastgate has nearly 300,000 chips.

Keep checking for live updates throughout the day as players attempt to go deep into the money on Day 4 of the 2009 WSOP Main Event.

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