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Day 6 Live Updates

07/16/2012 (3 years ago)

2012 Main Event: Marc Ladouceur Leads Final 27

Marc Ladouceur Wins 3-Way All In
Ladouceur (standing, left) won a big 3-way all-in earlier today.

Day 6 is over.

Our final elimination of the day came with 1 hour and 37 minutes left in Level 30. Erik Hellman was the Day 7 bubble, his 28th place finish will earn him $236,921.

The final hand of the day started with action folding to Erik Hellman in the small blind. Hellman moved all-in and Robert Salaburu called from the big blind. Hellman showed A J and was dominated by Salaburu's A Q.

The flop came 7 Q 2 and Salaburu's hand improved. The turn was a 4 and Hellman was drawing dead. The river brought a 7 and a cheers from all across the Amazon room.

We've reached the final three tables. Tomorrow, we'll get our final nine.

Official Leaderboard for Day 7

With the blinds at 60,000-120,000 with a 15,000 ante, here's a look at the entire leaderboard heading into Day 7.

All of these players are guaranteed at least $294,601.

1.  Marc Ladouceur  -  15,875,000 (132 bb)
2.  Daniel Strelitz  -  12,790,000 (106 bb)
3.  Robert Salaburu  -  10,915,000 (90 bb)
4.  Russell Thomas  -  9,985,000 (83 bb)
5.  Elisabeth Hille  -  9,770,000 (81 bb)
6.  Yuval Bronshtein  -  9,735,000 (81 bb)
7.  Jamie Robbins  -  8,750,000 (72 bb)
8.  Robert Corcione  -  8,745,000 (72 bb)
9.  Cylus Watson  -  8,500,000 (70 bb)
10.  Jeremy Ausmus  -  8,300,000 (69 bb)
11.  Scott Abrams  -  8,080,000 (67 bb)
12.  Greg Merson  -  7,435,000 (61 bb)
13.  Jesse Sylvia  -  7,385,000 (61 bb)
14.  Jacob Balsiger  -  7,330,000 (61 bb)
15.  Michael Esposito  -  7,045,000 (58 bb)
16.  Percy Mahatan  -  6,750,000 (56 bb)
17.  Jan Heitmann  -  6,390,000 (53 bb)
18.  Danny Wong  -  6,360,000 (53 bb)
19.  David Balkin  -  6,330,000 (52 bb)
20.  Gaelle Baumann  -  5,530,000 (46 bb)
21.  Rolan Israelashvili  -  5,525,000 (46 bb)
22.  Steven Gee  -  4,830,000 (40 bb)
23.  Robert Buckenmayer  -  4,410,000 (36 bb)
24.  Andras Koroknai  -  3,125,000 (26 bb)
25.  Wilfried Haerig  -  2,665,000 (22 bb)
26.  Paul Volpe  -  2,650,000 (22 bb)
27.  Nicco Maag  -  1,300,000 (10 bb)

Day 7 begins tomorrow (Monday) at 1:00 pm PT, and they will play as long as it takes until there are nine players left for the November Nine -- which will be played in late October.

The first nine players eliminated tomorrow will receive $294,601 each, while the nine survivors will be guaranteed at least $754,798, with a shot at $8.5 million.

As you might imagine, it'll be an important day.

Return to PokerListings.com for continuing coverage of the WSOP Main Event.

WSOP Daily Video Show with Jesse Sylvia, Niels van Alphen and Erik Hellman

Check out today's show to get to know three of the Day 6 players a little better. Niels van Alphen was the last Dutch player in the field, while Erik Hellman was the final Swede.

Jesse Sylvia is an American pro originally from Martha's Vineyard and he's heading into the final 27 right around the middle of the pack.

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07/16/2012 (3 years ago)

2012 Main Event: 28 Left, Playing to 27

Marc Ladouceur
Marc Ladouceur is second in chips.

There has been another last-minute schedule change.

Since there were 28 players remaining at the end of the level, it was determined by the WSOP and/or ESPN to continue playing until one more player is eliminated.

It might seem like a frivolous thing, but there is a rather substantial TV production difference between 28 players and 27.

With 27 players, ESPN can set up three tables and provide thorough coverage. With 28 players, there will need to be four tables, and as soon as the first player busts, they will need to take a break to consolidate to the final three tables.

So it is much easier on everyone if they start tomorrow with 27 players rather than 28. And so they keep playing into Level 30, with blinds increasing to 60,000-120,000 and a 15,000 ante.

There hasn't been any word yet as to whether this will affect tomorrow's start, which was rescheduled for 1:00 pm PT earlier this evening.

Shahriar Assareh Can’t Beat Kings

Shahriar Assareh shoved over an opening raise for his last 2.2 million chips but couldn’t have been too happy when Robert Corcione re-shoved, with the original raiser getting out of the way and Assareh and his pocket tens getting the bad news when Corcione flipped up pocket kings.

The board blanked out and didn’t even produce a sweat for Assareh, who finishes 31st for $236,921, leaving us with 30 players remaining.

Niels van Alphen
Niels van Alphen is out in 30th place.

Last Dutchman is Down

Niels van Alphen has finished in 30th place ($236,921), and his exit ended Dutch hopes that they might produce the next Main Event champ.

He’d been battling with a shorter stack for much of the evening and found a good spot to double up his remaining 1.2 million chips, getting it all-in preflop with A K versus Cylus Watsons 9 9.

The board ran out 5 7 4 7 Q with the nod going to Watson, boosting his stack up to nearly 12 million chips.

Jordan Batt Eliminated by Scott Abrams

Jordan Batt was down to about 3.1 million (31 big blinds), when he four-bet all in over a raise from Marc Ladouceur and a reraise from Scott Abrams.

Ladouceur folded, and Abrams called with A K. Batt turned over J J, and he'd need it to hold to stay alive.

The board came K 8 5 4 10, and Abrams paired his king on the flop to win the pot and eliminate Jordan Batt in 29th place.

Batt earns $236,921, while Abrams increases his stack to about 9.75 million.

Updated Leaderboard

Here's a look at the top of the leaderboard with 28 players remaining, courtesy of WSOP.com, with blinds increasing to 60,000-120,000 and a 15,000 ante:

1.  Daniel Strelitz  -  14,505,000 (120 bb)
2.  Marc Ladouceur  -  13,500,000 (112 bb)
3.  Jamie Robbins  -  9,770,000 (81 bb)
T4.  Scott Abrams  -  9,750,000 (81 bb)
T4.  Cylus Watson  -  9,750,000 (81 bb)
6.  Jacob Balsiger  -  9,400,000 (78 bb)
7.  Russell Thomas  -  8,925,000 (74 bb)
8.  Gaelle Baumann  -  8,740,000 (72 bb)
9.  Jeremy Ausmus  -  8,580,000 (71 bb)
10.  Percy Mahatan  -  7,550,000 (62 bb)
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07/16/2012 (3 years ago)

2012 Main Event: Lightning Round

Daniel Strelitz
Daniel Strelitz is back in the lead with 16.3 million


The thunderstorm outside the Rio has died down, but it seems the electric storm has moved indoors. The tournament took a while to get down to the final four tables, but once we did, there was a quick flurry of bustouts. In under 15 minutes, we lost four players and are now down to our final 32 players. 

While the cause of all this action is most definitely due to invisible poker lightning, some people think the blinds have something to do with the accelerated action. Blinds are now 50,000/100,000 with a 10,000 ante, with 36 players left, that made the average stack 54 big blinds.

Jonathan Schoder was the first to go. Soon after players sat down, his ace-jack ran into Michael Esposito's pocket queens. The board brought all low cards and Schoder became our 36th place finisher.

Marty Zabib Runs Out of Lifelines

Marty Zabib was saved on the river earlier when he was all-in and at risk but he couldn’t pull off the feat again, falling in 35th ($236,921).

He shoved for 1.4 million and got a call from David Balkin who was holding pocket eights, ahead of Zabib’s A 6.

The flop of J 5 2 didn’t change anything but Zabib’s rail exploded when the A came on the turn. Their roars turned to stunned silence, however, when the 8 fell on the river to swing things back in Balkin’s favor and eliminate Zabib.

Charles Coultas
Charles Coultas

Coultas Out in 34th

Charles Coultas was next on the cutting board.

David Balkin raised to 200,000 from early position and Coultas moved all-in for 1.7 million from the button. The blinds folded, Balkin called and showed pocket kings.

Coultas turned over A Q and was in need of an ace. The Q 8 5 brought him a queen instead and the 10 came on the turn. The river was the 9 and Coultas was eliminated in 34th place.

Down to 32

Our next fast-paced elimination came from the feature table. 

Taylor Paur moved all-in for 1.355 million and Jamie Robbins called from the big blind.

Paur: A J

Robbins: A Q

The 10 9 6 flop gave Paur hopes for running straight cards. The 2 came on the turn instead and Paur could hit any spade on the river to chop the pot. But the river was a 7 and Paur was eliminated in 33rd place, earning the same as all the other recent eliminations, $236,921.

Tomas Samol No Match for Ladies

Tomas Somal is our 32nd place finisher ($236,921), knocked out by a lady holding two more in her hand.

Samol and Elisabeth Hille went to war pre-flop with Somal eventually shoving for 2.5 million, with Hille making the quick call and rolling over Q Q, far ahead of Samol’s A Q.

A flop of 2 3 4 was a good one for Hille, with the door slamming on Samol when the K came on the turn to give Hille a lock on the hand and send Samol packing.

Chip Counts

1. Daniel Strelitz - 16,390,000

2. Marc Ladouceur - 10,255,000

3. Cylus Watson - 10,120,000

4. Jeremy Ausmus - 9,860,000

5. Jacob Balsiger - 9,400,000

6. Russell Thomas - 8,925,000

7. Gaelle Baumann - 8,740,000

8. Jamie Robbins - 8,470,000

9. Robert Corcione - 8,400,000

10. Percy Mahatan - 7,550,000


Chip counts courtesy of WSOP.com
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07/16/2012 (3 years ago)

2012 Main Event: Final 4 Tables & Schedule Changes

Gaelle Baumann
Gaelle Baumann had a ton of chips back on Day 2a too.

A few changes have been made to the schedule for tonight and tomorrow.

First, it appears that tomorrow's Day 7 action will begin at 1:00 pm PT, rather than noon.

Second, the WSOP staff is planning a hard stop tonight at the end of this level (1:47 am PT), if the field hasn't yet reached the final three tables (27 players).

There are currently 36 players remaining at the final four tables, and it looks like it's going to come down to the wire tonight.

Gaelle Baumann Doubles Thru David Balkin

It was a little surreal at ESPN's secondary table, as it looked for a few moments like Gaelle Baumann -- one of the last two women standing -- had been eliminated.

But it was a false alarm.

David Balkin raised from middle position, and got two callers. The flop came A 10 9, Balkin bet 425,000, Baumann called from the cutoff, and Erik Hellman folded from the big blind.

The turn was the 7, Balkin bet 1 million, and Baumann thought for a while before she called.

The river card was the 4, and Balkin moved all in. Baumann immediately called with A J. She had the nuts -- an ace-high flush.

But Balkin seemed to only see her ace, not the hearts, and reacted as if she only had top pair. Balkin proudly turned over 10-10 for a set of tens and began celebrating with his buddies on the rail.

It took a few moments, but perhaps when the announcer called out that Baumann had a flush, realization sank in for Balkin, and he quietly slinked back to the table to pay off the all-in bet.

Baumann doubled up to about 7.5 million in chips, and Balkin dropped down to about 1.1 million.

Balkin would double up a few minutes later, giving himself a little bit more of a cushion with about 2.3 million.

Amnon Filippi
Amnon Filippi won the $10,000 Bellagio Cup in 2005 -- before it was a televised World Poker Tour event.

Amnon Filippi Eliminated in 39th Place

Amnon Filippi was one of the most recognizable pros remaining in the field, with $2.8 million in live tournament earnings and four televised WPT final tables under his belt, and a fourth-place finish in the 2007 WSOP $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. championship.

Filippi was short-stacked, and moved all in from the button for 700,000 (7 big blinds). Paul Volpe called from the big blind with K J, and Filippi turned over Q 9.

Filippi would need to improve to stay alive, but the board came A 6 5 8 A, and Volpe won the pot with king high to build his stack up to about 3.9 million.

Amnon Filippi was eliminated in 39th place, earning $191,646.

Omar Saeed Out in 37th

The bubble for the final four tables has burst. Omar Saeed was eliminated in 37th place and will be the last player to cash for $191,646. The remaining 36 players will reorganize into four tables and be guaranteed $236,921.

Saeed was another feature table elimination. It all started when Elisabeth Hille raised to 200,000. Saeed re-raised to 525,000 and Daniel Strelitz 4-bet to 985,000. Hille folded and Saeed moved all-in for 2.88 million. Strelitz knew he had the best hand and called instantly:

Strelitz: A A
Saeed: A K

The flop came J 9 6 and Saeed was in need of running straight cards or running kings. The turn was a 6 and Saeed's Main Event journey came to an end. The river was an irrelevant 4 and we were down to our final four tables.

Updated Leaderboard

Here's a look at the top of the leaderboard with 43 players remaining, courtesy of WSOP.com, with blinds at 50,000-100,000 and a 10,000 ante:

1.  Daniel Strelitz - 16,390,000 (163 bb)
2.  Jeremy Ausmus - 12,000,000 (120 bb)
3.  Cylus Watson - 9,895,000 (98 bb)
4.  Russell Thomas - 9,375,000 (93 bb)
5.  Gaelle Baumann - 8,600,000 (86 bb)
6.  Robert Corcione - 8,400,000 (84 bb)
7.  Scott Abrams - 8,005,000 (80 bb)
8.  Jacob Balsiger - 7,500,000 (75 bb)
9.  Greg Merson - 7,270,000 (72 bb)
10.  Jesse Sylvia - 6,200,000 (62 bb)
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07/15/2012 (3 years ago)

2012 Main Event: Forty Left

Paul Siem
42nd place finisher, Paul Siem

If He Only Had a Heart

The Spanish rail did their best for Jordi Martinez, but he couldn’t find a heart when he needed it most and hit the rails in 43rd place ($191,646).

He was in bad shape when he found himself all-in with A Q versus Jesse Sylvia’s A K, but he definitely had the rail behind him. With various supporters shouting for a queen or heart in equal mixtures of English and Spanish.

A flop of J 7 4 produced a very big sweat and plenty of excitement on the rail, but the# Qd on the turn quieted the crowd slightly. Then, a 2 on the river taking all the remaining wind from their sails.

Paul's Fall

Paul Siem finished 42nd after busting out to Russell Thomas at the feature table.

Jan Heitmann raised to 175,000 and Thomas called. Siem moved in for about 1.7 million, Heitmann folded and Thomas threw in the extra 1.5 million. 

Russell: Q Q

Siem: A 10

When the flop was in the dealer's hand, the A was visible in the window. Siem's fans started to celebrate until the rest of the flop came out.

The flop read Q 4 A and Russell hit a set. The turn was a 4 and only an ace could save Siem. The river brought another four instead, the 4. Siem was eliminated in 42nd place and gets $191,646 for his finish. 

Greg Merson
This person is Greg Merson

Kang Can't Hang

The feature table has been pretty active recently. Rio scientists speculate this might be due to the massive electrical storm covering Las Vegas right now. 

The most recent final table casualty was Webber Kang.

Kang raised to 160,000 from early position and Greg Merson called from the cutoff. The flop came A K 3 and Kang led out for 175,000. Merson called, bringing a 6 on the turn. Kang bet 425,000 and Merson raised to 1.075 million. Kang then went for the ultimate bet, all-in. Merson quickly called Kang's 3.43 million all-in and we had another final table showdown:

Kang; A 9

Merson A K

Kang was in need of a third diamond, but the river brought a taunting 9. Merson's two pairs were bigger than Kang's and Kang became our 41st place finisher, earning $191,646. Merson saw his stack grow to 8.2 million, good for 7th in chips.


We’ve had longer days of poker, but it’s hard on both players and media when we reach the very late stages. The schedule dictates we play down to a certain number of players instead of a set stopping time. In some ways, there’s no real end in sight; it's matter of fate and cards and coolers and other random, arbitrary things.

The elimination pace has slowed over the last thirty minutes, with players sticking tighter and tighter to their chairs. Random unscheduled breaks have also taken their toll, as we’d have normally gotten in an extra hour of play by this point on a normal day.

We are now down to 40 players after the elimination of Webber Kang. The magic number is 27 players, that's when we’ll call it a night.

Twitter Roundup

Most of the players still in are too busy trying to win the Main Event to spend much time Tweeting. So, we rounded up what other poker players are saying about today’s action and the chances of those remaining:

Jason Mercier ‏@JasonMercier: So many good professional poker players went bust today in the main event. Final table gonna b a lot less talented than I hoped#justbadluck

John Kim ‏@NicolakPoker: Forgot Greg Merson is still in it, don't know him but have played online cash w/ him and he's good + great Wsop so up there w/ Ausmus also

John Kim ‏@NicolakPoker: No offense to others in the main event but the best player left happens to be chip leader @jeremyausmus

Daniel Negreanu ‏@RealKidPoker: Of the 42 left in the WSOP main event I've "heard of" 5. By the final table it's unlikely I'll know more than 1.5.

Chip Counts

Top 10 chip counts, courtesy of WSOP.com:

1. Jeremy Ausmus - 12,400,000

2. Daniel Strelitz - 10,605,000

3. Russell Thomas - 10,330,000

4. Marc Ladouceur - 8,900,000

5. Cylus Watson - 8,600,000

6. Scott Ambrams - 8,240,000

7. Greg Merson - 8,190,000

8. Percy Mahatan - 7,200,000

9. Andras Koroknai - 6,900,000

10. Robert Corcione - 6,720,000

Hellman is Last Swede Standing

Erik Hellman is Sweden's last hope in this event, which might be confusing to Sweden because he actually goes by Jonatan.

He told us that Erik is the first name on his passport, which they used at registration. He also tells us that even if he wins this tournament, he'll still be heading to university this coming year.

Check out the full interview below for even more.

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07/15/2012 (3 years ago)

2012 Main Event: Amit Makhija Latest to Hit Rail

Amit Makhija
Makhija briefly had the chip lead today, but it didn't last.

The field is down to the final five tables, and has consolidated into ESPN's featured areas. There is still plenty of good seating for fans who are in Las Vegas to come down and watch in person.

There was another three-way all-in situation, and once again, it caused two players to bust.

Scott Abrams raised under the gun to 170,000, Amit Makhija moved all in from the cutoff for 1.27 million (15 big blinds). Tristan Clemencon called from the big blind, and then Abrams four-bet all in for about 2.7 million (33 big blinds).

Clemencon tanked for a little while as Makhija gathered his things, in case he was eliminated on the hand. Clemencon eventually called, and they turned over their cards.

Scott Abrams:  A A
Tristan Clemencon:  10 10
Amit Makhija:  A Q

The board came Q 7 3 7 9, and the pocket aces held up for Abrams to win the entire pot, busting two players as he increased his chip stack to about 9 million.

Amit Makhija was out in 47th, and Tristan Clemencon was out in 46th. Both players earned $156,293.

Jeremy Ausmus Leads with 13 Million

The new chipleader is Jeremy Ausmus, who eliminated Amit Zulkowitz on his way to 13.1 million in chips.

After a flop of 9 7 3, Ausmus bet 200,000, Zulkowitz raised to 700,000, and Ausmus moved all in.

Zulkowitz called with A 7 for a pair of sevens, but Ausmus turned over J 9 for a pair of nines. Both players had runner-runner flush draws as well.

The turn was the Q, the river was the 3, and the pair of nines held up for Ausmus to win the pot and eliminate Zulkowitz in 49th place, earning $156,293.

To put 13.1 million in chips in perspective, that is probably more chips than the short stack will have at the end in this year's November Nine.

Ben Yu Holds a Sign For Scott Abrams
Ben Yu holds a sign cheering on Scott Abrams (foreground) on Day 5.


After we get down to the final nine players tomorrow the Main Event will pause for a few months, with the new structure adopted in 2008 that delays the conclusion of the final table in an attempt to build a little more buzz and excitement.

The resumption of the final table has been held in November in each year in Vegas, with the final nine players each year accordingly dubbed the “November Nine”.

This year, though, the WSOP bumped up the date on the calendar into late October to avoid conflicting with the US Presidential election, leading to a predicament of what exactly to call this year’s final nine players.

The Sam Holden Tweet below is a reference to a mini-movement on Twitter among poker players to come up with a brand new moniker for this year’s final table players.

@Sam_Holden888 (Sam Holden): And good luck to @amak316 and @NielsvanAlphen9 and the rest of team 888Poker. Would love to see you at the Octo-Nine!

Updated Leaderboard

Here's a look at the top of the leaderboard with 43 players remaining, courtesy of WSOP.com, with blinds at 40,000-80,000 and a 10,000 ante:

1.  Jeremy Ausmus - 13,435,000 (167 bb)
2.  Daniel Strelitz - 10,605,000 (132 bb)
3.  Scott Abrams - 9,000,000 (112 bb)
4.  Jesse Sylvia - 8,800,000 (110 bb)
5.  Cylus Watson - 8,700,000 (108 bb)
6.  Andras Koroknai - 6,900,000 (86 bb)
7.  Russell Thomas - 6,685,000 (83 bb)
8.  Marc Ladoceur - 6,600,000 (82 bb)
9.  Danny Wong - 6,125,000 (76 bb)
10.  Jaco Balsiger - 5,685,000 (71 bb)

44th place:  Gwennael Grandmougin ($191,646)
45th place:  Fabrizio Gonzalez ($191,646)
46th place:  Tristan Clemencon ($156,293)
47th place:  Amit Makhija ($156,293)
48th place:  Jean Malherbe ($156,293)
49th place:  Amit Zulkowitz ($156,293)
50th place:  Leo Wolpert ($156,293)

The next increase in prize money comes at 36th place, which is worth $236,921.

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07/15/2012 (3 years ago)

2012 Main Event: Final Fifty

Elisabeth Hille and Kara Scott
Elisabeth Hille and Kara Scott, chatting about poker

We're getting close to the 40s. Only 50 players remain in this year's Main Event and Daniel Strelitz has lost the lead. Despite being the first to 10 million, Strelitz now has a partner in the club. That partner also has more chips then he does. 

Jeremy Ausmus is the new chip leader, he took the lead over after knocking out our 51st place finisher, Scott Anderson. Our two chip leaders have pulled away from the field, Cylus Watson is in third place with 6,900,000. With 50 players to go, we still have lots of play before we call it a day. 

Daniel Strelitz the First to 10 Million

Strelitz is the first man or woman to breach the 10 million mark barrier here at the 2012 WSOP Main Event, putting a little bit of daylight between himself and Danny Wong in second with 7 million chips.

Strelitz has already played himself into what will be by far his largest tournament cash, prior to this, his biggest score was for $12,050 at EPT Prague in 2011. 

Yontz Out

Back at the feature table, Casey Yontz had raised to 125,000. Russell Thomas was in the cutoff and re-raised to 305,000. Action was folded back to Yontz, who moved all-in for 1.83 million. Thomas called and showed Q Q while Yontz turned over A Q for his tournament life. 

Casey Yontz, out in 53rd

The board came 6 J 10 3 9 and Yontz was eliminated in 53rd place and earned $156,293.

Down Hille

Elisabeth Hille's stack took a big hit at the beginning of the level.

Greg Merson raised to 125,000 from the cutoff and Hille re-raised to 300,000 from the small blind. Omar Saeed put in a 4-bet to 635,000. Merson folded, Hille be enough to put Saeed all-in and Saeed called.

Hille: A J

Saeed: Q Q

There was a 8 5 6 flop and Hille's hope of a flush were ruined. The turn was a 10 and Hille was looking for an ace on the river. But the river brought the 5 and Saeed doubled up to about 5 million. Hille's stack took a big hit and now she's down to about 3.4 million. 

Jeremy Ausmus, Second to 10 million

In a raised pot, Scott Anderson and Jeremy Ausmus were faced with a 9 7 5 flop. Anderson bet 325,000 and Ausmus moved all-in. Anderson called and showed J J for an overpaid, but Ausmus had a set with 7 7.

The turn was the 9 and a 4 came on the river. Anderson was eliminated and the tournament went down to 50 players.

And Then There Were 50

Only fifty players remain from a starting field of 6,598. Our remaining players have gone through an emotional and physical wringer over the last six long days of poker to reach this point.

The math is still pretty brutal, as 41 of those 50 will have their greatest poker dream crushed over the next 24-36 hours, coming oh-so-close to making the final table of nine players.

They’ll walk away with their pockets full of cash and the knowledge that the luckiest and skilled of poker players might only reach the final 50 of the Main Event once in their lives -- a pretty sobering thought, no matter how much you cash for.

Chip Counts

1. Jeremy Ausmus - 10,700,000

2. Daniel Strelitz - 10,100,000

3. Cylus Watson - 6,900,000

4. Erik Hellman - 6,600,000

5. Russell Thomas - 6,315,000

6. Danny Wong - 6,125,000

7. Jan Heitmann - 5,815,000

8. Gaelle Baumann - 5,800,000

9. Jacob Balsiger - 5,795,000

10. Steven Gee - 5,350,000

Counts courtesy of WSOP.com

888poker.com's Jesse Sylvia Still In

We caught up with the newest addition to Team 888poker, American live cash game pro Jesse Sylvia.

Sylvia is 26 years old, originally from Martha's Vineyard and he's hunting the by far the biggest score of his career. In fact, he's already locked it up since his biggest previous live tournament result was just $15,000.

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07/15/2012 (3 years ago)

2012 Main Event: Daniel Strelitz is 1st to 10 Million

Daniel Strelitz
Daniel Strelitz looks young, but has already shown proper ID.

Daniel Strelitz was the chipleader at the dinner break with a little more than 9 million in chips, and he's only increased his stack since they've been back in action.

When Gaelle Baumann raised under the gun at the secondary featured table, Strelitz reraised from the small blind to 385,000. Baumann called.

The flop came Q 5 3, Strelitz bet 440,000, and Baumann called. The turn card paired the board with the 3, and Strelitz bet 615,000. This time, Baumann folds, and Strelitz picks up another 900,000 or so in chips.

That knocks Baumann down to about 4.6 million, and makes Strelitz the first player to reach 10 million in chips.

Fast Pace After Dinner

It’s always tricky to predict the elimination pace at any live event but so far so good tonight for players (and media) hoping for a relatively early end to the evening, as there were three players who busted rather quickly. Four more followed later in the level.

58th place: John Beauprez ($128,384)
57th place: Bobby Law ($128,384)
56th place: David “ODB” Baker ($128,384)
55th place: Sam Holden ($128,384)
54th place: Helge Stjernvang ($156,293)
53rd place: Casey Yontz (($156,293)
52nd place: Richard Pyne ($156,293)

As you can see, they've crossed another pay jump. The next pay jump is at 45th place, earning $191,646.

Marc Ladouceur Wins 3-Way All In
Mark Ladoceur eliminates two players on the same hand -- David Baker and Bobby Law.

Marc Ladouceur Wins 3-Way All In; Busts David Baker and Bobby Law

Bobby Law moved all in under the gun for 650,000 (10 big blinds), and David Baker moved all in over the top from the cutoff for 950,000 (15 big blinds).

Then Marc Ladouceur had them both covered and called from the small blind with K K. Ouch.

Baker showed A K, and Law turned over A Q.

The board came 5 4 3 7 4, and Baker and Law flopped a gutshot straight draw, but improved no further.

Ladouceur won the pot to increase his stack to about 3.5 million, while Law placed 57th, and Baker finished 56th, both earning $128,384.

What Cards to Call Out For

The deeper players go here in the Main Event the louder their rail tends to get (especially when supporters have had a few adult beverages as the evening wears on), with the loudest cries and pleas coming when their horse is all-in and needing some help.

It’s always interesting to see the different approaches that railbirds take when pleading with the poker gods for a little help, which we just saw in the big 3 million chip pot that saw Bobbly Law, David “ODB” Baker, and Marc Ladouceur all-in preflop.

Law had the loudest railbirds -- and the worst hand of the three with just Ad Qq versus pocket kings and AK -- with his camp split in their approach when it came to begging for a little help.

The direct approach: “Queen queen! Queen queen on the flop! Queen queen!”

The don’t-get-too-greedy-approach: “Just put three diamonds out there, dealer!”

The confused/drunk approach: “Let’s see paint, dealer! A lot of paint!”

Checking in with the Player of the Year Race

The WSOP Player of the Year (PoY) competition is more about pride and putting together the best overall performance at the WSOP each year than about dollar signs, but the two tend to be closely intertwined.

The Main Event is worth a ton of PoY points and can lead to some big changes at the top; WSOPE events also count in the race now, so we likely won’t know the 2012 WSOP PoY for quite some time.

Those caveats aside, below are the current standings, with Greg Merson holding the best shot of players still in the Main Event of passing Phil Ivey for the current lead:

1.  Phil Ivey - 568.70
2.  John Monnette - 524.25
3.  David “ODB” Baker - 508.38
4.  Phil Hellmuth - 500.70
5.  Antonio Esfandiari - 488.10
6.  Michael Mizrachi - 486.20
7.  Gregory Merson - 481.13
8.  Vanessa Selbst - 463.17
9.  Andy Frankenberger - 406.66
10.  Andy Bloch - 405.30

Sam Holden
The second deep Main Event run in two years for Sam Holden falls short.

Holden Can’t Hang On

There will be no back-to-back final tables for Sam Holden, who saw his night end quickly after the dinner break to finish in 55th place ($128,384).

Holden had slipped to under 2 million but was in great shape to double when he got all his chips in pre-flop with 8 8 versus Andras Koroknai’s 5 5 -- great shape that is until the dealer fanned out a flop of J T 5.

Holden couldn’t hit his own two-outer to stay alive, with the turn and river bricking to send Holden off in 55th and crush the dreams of media and WSOP officials of seeing Holden pull off the nearly impossible task of making consecutive Main Event final tables.

Updated Leaderboard

Here's a look at the top of the leaderboard with 51 players remaining, courtesy of WSOP.com. The blinds have just increased to 40,000-80,000 and a 10,000 ante:

1.  Daniel Strelitz - 10,070,000 (125 bb)
2.  Danny Wong - 6,950,000 (86 bb)
3.  Percy Mahatan - 5,850,000 (73 bb)
4.  Jan Heitmann - 5,815,000 (72 bb)
5.  Cylus Watson - 5,800,000 (72 bb)
6.  Jacob Balsiger - 5,795,000 (72 bb)
7.  Elisabeth Hille - 5,790,000 (72 bb)
8.  Robert Corcione - 5,780,000 (72 bb)
9.  Taylor Paur - 5,715,000 (71 bb)
10.  Erik Hellman - 5,695,000 (71 bb)
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2012 Main Event: Back From Dinner

Day 5
Feature table is back in action

Players are back from their 90-minute break to finish up Level 27. There's one more hour of 30,000/60,000 blinds with and a 10,000 ante before the blinds get raised to 40,000/80,000.

With 58 players left, the average stack is 3.4 million, or 57 big blinds. There's also no set stopping level today since we're playing down to our final 27.

Three tables. 27 players. The rest is bat country, we can't stop there. 

Dinner with a Side of Indigestion for Bobby Law

Bobby Law made the dinner break on Day 6 of the Main Event -- a feat any poker player would be rightfully proud of -- but he isn’t exactly in a spot for a leisurely dining experience. Law will come back the short stack of the remaining 58 players with just 700,000 chips.

Facing 30,000/60,000 blinds and a 10,000 ante, Law has just over 11 big blinds to work with. Now he’ll need to cross his fingers and hope the poker gods bless him in a big way if he wants to be around at dinner time tomorrow.

Video: Last Dutchie Standing Niels van Alphen

The last remaining player from the Netherlands is Niels van Alphen who just signed on as the newest member of Team 888poker.com.

Check out the video interview we did on the break to get to know the man who's got a shot to become the first Dutch world champion of poker.

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2012 Main Event: Danny Wong 2nd in Chips at Dinner

Danny Wong
Danny Wong doubled up moments before the dinner break.

There was a massive pot between Danny Wong and Nicco Maag right before the dinner break, that knocked Maag out of the chip lead and catapulted Wong up the leaderboard.

Nicco Maag five-bet all in preflop with J J, and Wong called with a dominating K K.

The board came 10 7 2 3 3, and Wong's pocket kings held up to win a huge pot and double him up to about 7.7 million -- second in chips with 58 players remaining.

Nicco Maag, Who Are You?

Nicco Maag (who lists his hometown as Karlsruhe, Germany) briefly held the chip lead with nearly 8 million in chips, but he remains a mystery man so far as far as his poker credentials.

Nicco Maag
Nicco Maag was feeling great about the dinner break -- until Danny Wong doubled thru him.

Most remaining players have at least some live cashes to their credit -- albeit pretty small ones in some cases -- but Maag is pretty much a cipher, with no Hendon Mob results and no real Google results as far as a search for his name.

He wouldn’t be the first unknown player to explode on the scene at the Main Event -- think Jerry Yang or Darvin Moon -- but now that Maag has taken a big hit from Danny Wong, his road to the November Nine just got a lot more difficult.

63-Way Chop?

In case you’re bored or curious (or both), we just ran the numbers to see what each player would have received if the remaining 63 players coming back from the last break had agreed to a 63 way chop for the roughly $40.5 million still remaining in the prizepool.

The answer? Each player would have gotten about $644,322 if they chopped it up equally at that point.

Tristan Clemencon Doesn’t Even Need to Look

Young French pro Tristan Clemencon has just knocked out David Kluchman and he did so without even looking at his cards before calling from the big blind when Kluchman shoved for his last 300,000 chips.

How good is Clemencon running? When he finally did peek he turned over two queens, which was enough to send Kluchman to the rails in 63rd place.

Clemencon isn’t well-known on US soil but he’s been a regular on the European circuit since 2008 when he turned 18, piling up more than $1 million in tournament earnings.

Featured Table Crew
When you work the entire day at the featured table, you're allowed to unwind a bit on the breaks.

Working the Final Table

While the spotlight is on the players, there are a lot of people involved in the WSOP crew and the ESPN crew to keep things moving smoothly.

During the last break, a few of them got together on the main stage for a quick photograph. There are dozens and dozens more, but consider this to be just a sampling.

ESPN reporter Kara Scott is in green, but most of you are already familiar with her. There are also the three featured table dealers: Jennifer Palmer, Shaun Harris (seated, center), and Dealer of the Year Tim Louie.

They are joined by Liz Ramey, the stage manager for ESPN. And in the background is the legendary announcer, Robbie Thompson, also known as "Redbull Robbie" for the high number of Redbull energy drinks he consumes while announcing a final table.

Updated Leaderboard - Dinner Break

Here's a look at the top of the leaderboard, courtesy of WSOP.com, with the blinds increasing after the dinner break to 40,000-80,000 and a 10,000 ante:

1.  Daniel Strelitz  -  9,050,000  (113 bb)
2.  Danny Wong  -  7,700,000  (96 bb)
3.  Taylor Paur  -  6,750,000  (84 bb)
4.  Jeremy Ausmus  -  6,350,000  (79 bb)
T5.  Erik Hellman  -  5,900,000  (73 bb)
T5.  Jacob Balsiger  -  5,900,000  (73 bb)
7.  Jan Heitmann  -  5,800,000  (72 bb)
8.  Cylus Watson  -  5,500,000  (68 bb)
9.  Charles Coultas  -  5,300,000  (66 bb)
10.  Percy Mahatan  -  5,100,000  (63 bb)

The remaining 58 players are now on a 90-minute dinner break, and action will resume around 7:40 pm PT. Return to PokerListings.com for continuing coverage as the Main Event field plays down to the final three tables today.

77th-Place Finisher Nicolau Villa-Lobos

Brazil's Nicolau Villa-Lobos was playing his first-ever WSOP Main Event and made it all the way to 77th place before going broke, good for more than $88,000.

Villa-Lobos is the son of legendary Brazilian rock guitarist Dado Villa-Lobos from band Legião Urbana. And Nicolau will even be playing the role of his father in an upcoming feature film about the band's frontman Renato Russo.

In addition to the cash Nicolau snagged a spot on Team 888poker.com. Check out the video interview below for more on how Nicolau won his way into the Main Event and the poker scene in Rio de Janeiro.

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Event Information

Event Name
Event 61 - $10,000 Main Event
Rio Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Final Day
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Event Winner

Player Prize Money
1 Gregory Merson $8,531,853
2 Jesse Sylvia $5,295,149
3 Jacob Balsiger $3,797,558
4 Russell Thomas $2,851,537
5 Jeremy Ausmus $2,155,313

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