Gaelle Baumann finished last night on a bit of a down note, losing a potentially big pot when Andras Koroknai moved all in over the top of her raise, and then mucked his cards when the big blind folded, thinking the hand was over.
Baumann had pocket kings.
But, according to the WSOP rulebook, the ruling appears to have been correct, and Koroknai only had to forfeit the amount of Baumann's raise.
Baumann hasn't let last night's controversy slow her down today.
Stephane Bisson min-raised to 80,000, and Baumann reraised to 210,000. Bisson four-bet all in for about 1 million (25 big blinds), and Baumann called.
Bisson showed J♣ J♠, but he'd need them to hold up against Baumann's A♦ K♠ to stay in the tournament.
The board came K♦ 10♥ 2♦ Q♦ 6♣, and Baumann paired her king on the flop to win the pot and eliminate Stephane Bisson in 87th place, earning $73,805.
Gaelle Baumann climbed a little further up the leaderboard with about 5,000,000 in chips.
I would not want to be the one to eliminate Erik Cajelais. Dude is strong.
Erik Cajelais Eliminated by Jean Malherbe
Erik Cajelais, one of the handful of WSOP bracelet winners remaining in the field, has been eliminated.
Cajelais moved all in for about 700,000 (17 big blinds), and Jean Malherbe called from the small blind with Q♣ Q♦.
Cajelais showed 10♣ 10♠, and he'd need to improve to stay alive.
The board came 6♣ 4♣ 2♥ Q♥ 3♠, and Malherbe won the pot with a set of queens on the turn to eliminate Cajelais from the WSOP Main Event in 86th place, earning $73,805.
Isaac Baron Eliminated by Amnon Filippi
Two of the well-known pros in the field tangled in an all-in situation, but only one survived.
Isaac Baron min-raised to 80,000, Amnon Filippi reraised to 225,000, and Baron moved all in for about 1.75 million.
Filippi called with K♦ K♥, and Baron was in jeopardy with A♥ K♠.
The board came Q♥ 7♦ 4♠ 7♠ 2♦, never giving Baron much hope as he was eliminated from the WSOP Main Event in 85th place, earning $73,805.
Amnon Filippi builds his stack to about 4.6 million, enough to barely slip into the top 10 on the leaderboard.
Can Sam Holden do what Dennis Phillips couldn't -- back-to-back November 9s?
Other Notable Eliminations, and Notable Survivors
Dung Nguyen, one of four players who started the day with a shot at winning multiple bracelets this summer, was eliminated in 89th place ($73,805).
The three remaining players who can win their second bracelet of the summer are David "ODB" Baker, Greg Merson, and Vanessa Selbst.
There is only one remaining player in the field from last year's November Nine -- Sam Holden. Holden finished ninth last year, earning $782,115.
Since the November Nine concept originated in 2008, the closest any player has come to going back-to-back was Dennis Phillips, who followed up his third-place finish in 2008 with a 45th-place finish in 2009.
The Year of the Woman Continues at the WSOP
Susie Zhao, one of the final five females in the field, was eliminated when her K♣ Q♥ couldn't catch up to Isaac Baron's A♦ Q♣. She was eliminated in 90th place, earning $73,805.
That leaves four women in the field trying to become the first female November Niner: Gaelle Baumann, Elisabeth Hille, Vanessa Selbst, Marcia Topp.
Hille and Baumann are both in the top four of the leaderboard, while Selbst and Toopp have shorter stacks but are still in the mix. Selbst has rebuilt her stack somewhat after losing a big pot worth more than 2 million in chips in the first few minutes of the day.
Selbst could become the first female November Niner, and also the only multi-bracelet winner of 2012.
Four women among the final 80 players is unprecedented in recent years, and puts an exclamation mark on what’s been a very strong 2012 WSOP for female players.
Selbst won her second WSOP bracelet (both in open events), while Allyn Jaffrey Shulman won the Seniors event. Overall, there have been 13 WSOP final table appearances by women this year.
Here is a look at the Last Women Standing during the post-Moneymaker era:
2011: Erika Moutinho (29th place)
2010: Breeze Zuckerman (121st place)
2009: Leo Margets (27th place)
2008: Tiffany Michelle (17th place)
2007: Mario Ho (38th place)
2006: Sabyl Cohen-Landrum (56th place)
2005: Tiffany Williamson (15th place)
2004: Rose Richie (98th place)
2003: Annie Duke (47th place)
Only one woman in history has ever made the final table of the WSOP Main Event -- Barbara Enright did it in 1995, finishing fifth.
Twitter at the Break
Players are on their first scheduled 20 minute break of the day, giving them time to hop on Twitter and let the world know how they’re faring so far on Day 5:
@MSauce_ (Mazin Khoury): Relaxed and in the comfort zone with stack size. Time for some doubles.
@NickDiVella (Nick DiVella): 20min break till blinds go 25k/50k w/ 5k ante. Low on chips w/ only 800k. 80 players left guaranteed over $80,000! Need to make a move asap!
@paulgees81 (Paul Volpe): Lost a big pot with aq on 2282q vs kk. 2.7 mill still above avg
@VanessaSelbst (Vanessa Selbst): 945,000 going to first break. 19BB. Feels like a huge stack!
@audavidb (David Baker): 80 left in the main despite losing a 1.6 million chip pot with ak v qq today is going well up to 2.7 million and feeling good!
@amak316 (Amit Makhija): And were up to 3.4m at break. Thanks so much for all the well wishes guys this is an amazing experience
@JasonSomerville (Jason Somerville): 650k or so with 81 left #grinding
@superroger47 (Tristan Clemencon): Next blind 25/50K 1.8M #susuwsop #Winamax
@pzerotm (Jacob Balsiger): Lost 1.4 million chip pot with a set to overpair that rivered a flush. 3.3 million
Elisabeth Hille is third in chips.
Here's a look at the top of the leaderboard, courtesy of WSOP.com, with the blinds increasing to 25,000-50,000 and a 5,000 ante:
1. Robert Salaburu - 6,500,000 (130 bb)
2. Taylor Paur - 5,820,000 (116 bb)
3. Elisabeth Hille - 5,480,000 (109 bb)
4. Gaelle Baumann - 5,000,000 (100 bb)
5. Jeremy Ausmus - 4,750,000 (95 bb)
6. Erik Hellman - 4,715,000 (94 bb)
7. Shahriar Assareh - 4,660,000 (93 bb)
8. Wilfried Haerig - 4,500,000 (90 bb)
9. Kyle Keranen - 4,300,000 (86 bb)
10. Charles Coultas - 4,200,000 (84 bb)
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