2012 WSOP Main Event down to 97 players after Day 5

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Jul 15, 2012 Posted in Poker News | No Comments »

After five days of poker the 2012 World Series of poker Main Event is down to less than 100 players, as 97 players managed to survive a tumultuous Day 5 and punch their ticket to Day 6. Day 6 is scheduled to see the players continue their push towards the final table, with five more levels on the agenda.

Leading the way into Day 6 will be Kyle Keranen who bagged-up 6,935,000 chips at the end of the night. Keranen is followed closely by Robert Salaburu (6,195,000) and online poker star Taylor Paur (5,820,000). After the Top three the chip-counts take a significant dive with Erik Hellman more than a million chips behind Paur and over two-million behind Keranen.

There are still plenty of big names still alive and kicking in the tournament, despite the loss of Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, and other top pros on Day 5. Of the 97 players remaining poker fans will likely recognize the names of Vanessa Selbst, Jan Heitmann, Amnon Filippi, Paul Volpe, Eric Buchman, David “ODB” Baker, Jason Somerville, Amit Makhija, Erik Cajelais, Isaac Baron, Leo Wolpert, Kyle Bowker, Sam Holden, Tristan Clemencon, and Gavin Smith.

Here is a look at the Top 10 chip counts heading into Day 6 of the 2012 WSOP Main Event:

1. Kyle Keranen — 6,935,000

2. Robert Salaburu — 6,195,000

3. Taylor Paur — 5,820,000

4. Erik Hellman — 4,715,000

5. Wilfried Haerig — 4,505,000

6. Shahriar Assareh — 4,395,000

7. Charles Coultas — 4,015,000

8. Gaelle Baumann — 3,980,000

9. Fabrizio Gonzalez — 3,935,000

10. Nicco Maag — 3,895,000

There are also several storylines starting to develop:

Five women still in the hunt

A quick perusal of the remaining players shows five women still alive in the Main Event: Vanessa Selbst, Gaelle Baumann, Susie Zhao, Elisabeth Hille, and Marcia Topp. With about 3% of the starting field being of the fairer sex, the over 5% representation of women heading into Day 6 is pretty impressive; especially considering that several are very high on the leader-board and even Susie Zhao still has over 700k chips to work with.

Jason Somerville

Earlier this year Jason Somerville took the courageous step and became the first male poker player to come out and say he was gay. Now Somerville has a chance to really gain some exposure with his deep Main Event run, along with Vanessa Selbst, for the LGBT community and perhaps open the door for more poker players to follow in their footsteps.

Back to Back final tables for Holden?

Since the November Nine format was put in place no player has made two final tables. But that could all change this year if Sam Holden can manage to pull a Dan Harrington and make the final table of the WSOP Main Event in back-to-back years. Holden will enter Day 6 with a short-stack, sitting at around 20 Big Blinds.

For some of the wilder stories from Day 5 check out our WSOP Notebook article


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