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Negreanu Recovers, Players Paid on Main Event Day 4
The money bubble was blown wide open on an exceptionally fast-paced Day 4 of the 2011 WSOP Main Event.
Although 852 players entered the day, by the time the dust had cleared only 378 players would bag up chips for Day 5.
A number of players wouldn’t even get close to the money as Humberto Brenes, Jeffrey Lisandro and Jeff Madsen all busted in the early stages of Day 4.
Even Phil Hellmuth, who’s had a wild 2011 WSOP with three runner-up finishes, finally succumbed to the rail when his pair of treys was beaten by Martin de Knijff's flopped pair of queens.
As expected play slowed considerably during the money bubble and nearly grinded to halt when play-for-play lasted for nearly an hour.
Eventually a Californian named Reza Kashani busted and became the 2011 WSOP Main Event bubble boy. Fortunately the WSOP has agreed to give him a seat in next year’s Main Event for all his troubles.
Rush to the Payout Booth Post-Bubble
After the bubble burst the day turned into a race to the payout booth as hundreds hit the rail in the span of a few hours.
Daniel Negreanu recorded one of his most up-and-down days in recent memory. At one point he was down to his last 15,000 chips but managed to quadruple up to 70,000 chips.
From there Negreanu went on a red-hot heater that eventually saw him soar to 619,000.
Earlier in the day it looked like Vanessa Rousso might absolutely steamroll everyone with well over one million chips but she lost three hands in quick succession to David Bach and found herself on the rail.
It was a very rough way to go out but she had plenty of company on the rail as Sandra Naujoks, Dennis Phillips, Jake Cody, Joe Serock and Bryan Micon all busted before the day was complete.
By the time the final level expired on Day 4 there were only 378 players with a shot at winning the entire tournament for $8.7 million.
Compelling Players in Top 50
There are some very compelling players in the top fifty chip counts with Lars Bonding (1.8 million), Bryan Devonshire (1.3 million), Fred Berger (1.3 million), JP Kelly (1.3 million), David Bach (1.14 million) and Jean-Robert Bellande (1.13 million) all looking to put the hurt on the rest of the field tomorrow.
Incredibly Ben Lamb will fight for another day as he finished with 1.2 million chips. Hellmuth must be sweating bullets because Lamb now has a very legitimate chance to pass the Poker Brat in the Player of the Year race.
Some of the other notables still in the field include Amanda Musumeci, Joe Cheong, Eli Elezra, Erick Lindgren, former PokerListings strategy writer Dan Skolovy and Freddy Deeb.
The chip leader is Manoj Viswanathan who became the first player to break the two million chip mark and finished with 2.1 million chips.
Day 5 of the 2011 WSOP Main Event begins tomorrow at 12 p.m.