2012 Main Event: Day 4 Done, 282 Remain
The drop in players is becoming stunningly evident as there a number of vacant tables sitting in the Amazon room. The once jam packed poker arena is starting to look sparse due to the drop in numbers.
As the end of the day draws to an end, so do the unfamiliar faces. The sea of “unknowns” are starting to wade to the surface as players we should be on the lookout for.
Volpe in Charge
One player we don’t have to wait to put a name to is Paul Volpe. Everything has been going his way today. He was able to hit the next unattained chip mile stone with more than 3 million chips.
Volpe’s biggest previous cash was at the 2011 edition of this very event. He banked $47,107 for his 192nd finish in last year’s Main Event. This year, he is looking to out last his previous record. If he continues accumulating chips in this fashion, he will surely be able to bypass his previous Main Event cash.
Kevin Pollak Isn’t Ready for the Show to End
Nearly every Main Event sees at least one actor/celebrity make the money. Lou Diamond Phillips made the deepest celebrity finish in recent memory with his 186th place finish in 2009.
Kevin Pollak is the last standing member of the Hollywood set here at the Main Event. As the tournament progresses he only gets stronger.
We were able to catch up with him as he very loudly celebrated a big double-up. He was able to get it in with kings versus queens, and his hand held up. Pollak’s stack looks a little more lively, as he’s up over 700,000 chips.
Elisabeth Hille Wishes This Day Would Never End
Betfair qualifier Elizabeth Hille probably wishes this day would never end, as it’s one she’ll likely never forget.
She’s gone on an absolute tear over the last few levels, and she’s been running in god mode. She’s not just hitting big hands, but she’s also been fortunate enough to have her opponents hit the flop fairly hard themselves.
She called a 28,000 raise from an early position player, and the two saw a A♠ J♣ 10♣ flop. Her opponent check-called a 36,000 bet from Hille on the flop.
When the 8♠ hit the turn, Hille fired out 50,000 and her opponent quickly check-raised all-in for about 150,000 more. Hille just as quickly called and turned over A♦ J♥ for top two pair. Her opponent was behind with A♥ Q♣.
A harmless river sent another pot Hille’s way, pushing her up around 2 million chips.
The Remains of the Day
It’s beer time for many players with just a few minutes left to play here on Day 4. We started with just under 700 players and that’s been trimmed all the way down to 284. The final numbers for the day won’t come out until after everything is bagged and tagged.
We’ve still got some big names in the mix. Negreanu, Selbst, Mizzi, and Juanda are among the recognizable faces. However, as is the case with many Main Events, it’s a pack of relative unknowns atop the leaderboard.
Its still a very long road to the final nine, and the names will likely change throughout the next few days.
This is what the leader board looks like for the end of the day:
1. Paul Volpe - 2,750,000
2. Erik Hellman - 2,216,000
3. Dave D'Alesandro - 2,093,000
4. Kyle Bowker - 2,081,000
5. Eric Buchman - 2,076,000
6. Elisabeth Hille - 2,014,000
7. Andras Koroknai - 1,971,000
8. Amit Zulkowitz - 1,961,000
9. Eric Legoff - 1,947,000
10. Nicco Maag - 1,899,000
Chip Counts Courtesy of WSOP.com
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- Players Left
- Tables Left