2012 Main Event: Day 5 Ends with 97 Players (& 5 Women)
Action started on Day 5 with 282 players, and after five levels, they were down to 97.
There were five women who started Day 5, and amazingly, all five survived -- Gaelle Baumann, Elisabeth Hille, Marcia Topp, and Vanessa Selbst, and Susie Zhao.
Check out the video interview we did with Elisabeth Hille at the end of this update.
Only one woman in history has ever made the final table of the WSOP Main Event. Barbara Enright finished fifth in 1995, the year Dan Harrington won.
This year, there are five women among the final 97 trying to become the first to make it since the November Nine concept was implemented. This is a dramatic change from just two years ago, when no women at all reached the top 100. (Breeze Zuckerman was the last woman standing, eliminated in 121st place.)
Luske Drawing To Elimination
Marcel Luske had a tough couple hours to end the day, and since he was moved to the final table he had met with some sticky situations.
Eric Pratt raised to 62,000 from under the gun. It folded around to Marcel Luske who three-bet from middle position. When it folded back around to Pratt he decided to shove over the top of Luske’s 215,000 bet. It didn’t take long for Luske to make the call.
Luske: A♠ K♣
Pratt: A♦ A♣
Luske was way behind in the hand, and the T♦ 2♥ T♥ board didn’t help. When the 9♣ came on the turn, Luske was a dead man walking. The T♣ on the river was insignificant. The jovial Dutch pro was sent to the rail, leaving Pratt to stack over 3.7 million in chips.
Controversial Ruling Saves Andras Koroknai; Costs Gaelle Baumann
Late in the last level, there was a highly controversial situation involving Gaelle Baumann and Andras Koroknai.
Baumann min-raised under the gun to 60,000, and Koroknai moved all in from the small blind.
Gavin Smith folded the big blind, and Koroknai acted as if that was the end of the hand -- and he mucked his cards before Baumann had a chance to react to his reraise.
Koroknai realized his mistake at the last second, and was able to save one of his cards from going into the muck. Unfortunately, the other card was irretrievable.
Tournament Director Dennis Jones came over to rule on the situation, second in command to WSOP TD Jack Effel. Baumann had yet to act.
Jones heard the story, and ruled that Koroknai would forfeit the amount of Baumann's raise (60,000 in chips), but would keep the rest of his stack.
There was still some confusion, so Jones called WSOP TD Jack Effel, and spent a couple of minutes on the phone. When he was finished, Jones said the ruling would stand.
Jones specifically said, "You're not losing your tournament life."
Jones gave a lengthier explanation to the table, and cited that the ruling was made in the best interest of the entire tournament.
At the end of it all, Baumann showed her cards to the table -- she had pocket kings. Ouch.
A similar ruling happened at the 2009 WSOP, where a player moved all in, but her cards were pulled into the muck by the dealer. In that situation, it was the same ruling -- her hand was dead, but she only forfeited the amount of the raise in front of her.
Big Names Hit the Rail Today
There were a lot of very notable players in the field to start the day, from Daniel Negreanu (arguably the most popular player in poker) to actor/comedian Kevin Pollak (who could shine a mainstream light on poker if he were to make the November Nine).
Unfortunately, Negreanu was eliminated in the middle of the day by Pollak, who was himself eliminated a little while later.
Other notables who hit the rail today include John Juanda, J.P. Kelly, Freddy Deeb, Andrew Lichtenberger, Dan Shak, Sorel Mizzi, Matt Marafioti, John Phan, and Marcel Luske.
Perry Green (76 years old) was the oldest player in the event at the start of play today, but didn't make it to Day 6. Green has three WSOP bracelets to his credit, and was the WSOP Main Event runner-up to Stu Ungar in 1981.
Joseph Cheong has had an amazing run in the WSOP Main Event the past three years. Cheong was among the chipleaders with fewer than 150 players in the field, but hit some hard luck and went from top of the leaderboard to eliminated in a single level.
Cheong finished 116th here today, and that's the worst finish he's had in the past three years. Cheong finished 114th in 2011, and third in 2010.
Unofficial Day 5 Leaderboard
The official chip counts will be released overnight by the WSOP staff, but here is a look at the unofficial leaderboard, courtesy of WSOP.com. The blinds will begin tomorrow at 20,000-40,000 and a 5,000 ante.
1. Kyle Keranen - 6,935,000 (173 bb)
2. Robert Salaburu - 6,195,000 (154 bb)
3. Taylor Paur - 5,820,000 (145 bb)
4. Erik Hellman - 4,715,000 (117 bb)
5. Wilfried Haerig - 4,505,000 (112 bb)
6. Shahriar Assareh - 4,395,000 (109 bb)
7. Charles Coultas - 4,015,000 (100 bb)
8. Gaelle Baumann - 3,980,000 (99 bb)
9. Fabrizio Gonzalez - 3,935,000 (98 bb)
10. Nicco Maag - 3,895,000 (97 bb)
Action resumes tomorrow at 12:00 noon PT for Day 6, when the field will play down to the final three tables (27 players). Return to PokerListings.com for continuing coverage of the WSOP Main Event.
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