Day 5 of the WSOP Main Event ends with 68 players
For 68 poker players the dream of winning the World Series of Poker Main Even is now within reach; no longer a pipedream but an actual attainable goal. Only a few truly big names (or potential big stories) remain in the hunt, like 2001 WSOP Champion Carlos Mortensen, who is in my humble opinion one of the greatest tournament players in the history of the game, or Jackie Glazier, the lone female remaining in the field.
Still, even without a poker superstar like Phil Ivey or Mike Mizrachi, there is some serious talent present among the final 68 players, perhaps more than in any WSOP Main Event in recent memory, with Vitaly Lunkin, Vladimir Geshkenbein, Bryan Pelligrino, Brett Richey, Yann Dion, Noah Schwartz, Jonathan Jaffe, Amir Lehavot, Mark Newhouse, Bryan Kaverman, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, JC Tran, Jim Collopy, 2012 Octo-Niner Steve Gee, Rep Porter, and David Benefield scattered among the final eight tables.
A few big names saw their dreams end late on Day 5, as Annette Obrestad and Marvin Rettenmaier made it into the final 100 players before being eliminated in 89th and 99th place respectively. Obrestad’s elimination left Jackie Glazier (one of the top Australian poker players in the game and a runner-up in a preliminary event during the 2012 WSOP) as the final female player in the field. Glazier is sitting on a very healthy stack of just over 4 million chips (putting Glazier in 12th place overall) heading into Day 6 on Sunday, and has to be considered among one of the favorites to win the Main Event at this point.
Here is a look at the Top 10 chip counts heading into Day 6 of the WSOP Main Event:
1. Sami Rustom – 7,005,000
2. Marc McLaughlin – 6,695,000
3. Jason Mann – 6,580,000
4. Maxx Coleman – 6,260,000
5. George Wong – 5,740,000
6. Sylvain Loosli – 5,690,000
7. Ryan Riess – 5,570,000
8. Keanu Tabali – 5,435,000
9. Matthew Reed – 5,255,000
10. Chris Lindh – 4,070,000
A few players I would keep an eye on during Day 6 are Vladimir Geshkenbein, Noah Schwartz, and Mortensen and Glazier. All of these players have the reputation, storyline, and/or personality to be a big story should they make the final table.
As you can see, unlike previous years nobody is really pulling away from the pack in the 2013 Main Event, with the top five chip counts separated by merely 1.25 million chips, and only a handful of players working with short stacks (nine players have stacks under 1 million chips) and 36 of the remaining 68 players have at least 2.5 million in chips with the blinds heading into the 25,000/50,000 with a 5,000 chip ante level.
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