At the end of the fifth day of the 2017 World Series of Poker main event only 85 players remain from the starting field of 7,221. That means that the field is down to the top 1.2 percent of finishers, and the money on the line is starting to get serious. The remaining 85 players are all now guaranteed a minimum payday of $72,514. Surely each and every remaining player has their eyes on the $8,150,000 first place prize and the championship bracelet, which is now less than a week from being awarded to this year’s poker world champion.
The chip leader going into day six is Robin Hegele with 9,990,000. (Fun fact: that is just shy of 200 starting stacks, which were 50,000 in this event.) The German player has less than $50,000 in prior live tournament earnings, which means that no matter what happens he has already secured his largest career cash.
There are plenty of recognizable names still left in the main event after day 5. 2017 WSOP $3,000 six-max limit hold’em bracelet winner Max Silver ended the day in third chip position with 8,665,000. The British-born Dublin, Ireland resident has over $3.3 million in live tournament earnings and is in prime position to add a healthy chunk of money to that number with a deep run in this event.
France’s Antoine Saout is also inside the top ten, ending the night in eighth position with 8,260,000. Saout is one of a handful of former WSOP main event final table finishers still in the field. He was part of the second ever November Nine in 2009. He finished third that year for $3,479,670. Other former November Niners still in with a shot at making their second final table run include 2011 third-place finisher Ben Lamb (4,725,000), 2016 sixth-place finisher Kenny Hallaert (4,370,000), 2016 third-place finisher Michael Ruane (3,450,000).
Card Player TV caught up with Michael Ruane on the dinner break for a video interview with the New Jersey poker pro. Check that out below:
Several other former November Niners made day 5 but failed to survive to day 6, including Jake Balsiger (107th – $53,247), Eoghan O’Dea (172nd – $46,096), Chino Rheem (284th – $40,181), Tom Cannuli (285th – $40,181) and Matt Giannetti (294 – $35,267).
Outside of players with previous main event success, there are still a number of other notables who did bag up chips, including Brandon Meyers (3,905,000), Connor Drinan (3,360,000), Jake Bazely (2,805,000), Dario Sammartino (2,585,000) and 2004 WSOP main event tenth-place finisher Marcel Luske (2,290,000).
Big names to hit the rail on day 5 include Charlie Carrel (88th – $72,514), Ankush Mandavia (126th – $53,247), four-time bracelet winner Max Pescatori (148th – $53,247), popular Twitch streamer and poker pro Randy “Nanonoko” Lew (159th – $53,247), Sam Stein (166th – $46,096), two-time bracelet winner Greg Mueller (191st – $46,096), three-time bracelet winners Dominik Nitsche (195th – $46,096) and Davidi Kitai (223rd – $46,096), and two-time Card Player Player of the Year winner David Pham (231st – $40,181).
Day 5 also featured the elimination of the last female players in the field. This year there were 272 female participants, which means that only roughly 3.8 percent of the field were women. Five women entered day 5, with Kathy Liebert being the most accomplished player among them. She ultimately finished 251st for $40,181. The other women who made day 5 but failed to advance include Juicy Li (227th – $40,181), Tracy Nguyen(145th – $53,247), Jessica Ngu (108th – $53,247). That left Yuan-Yuan Li as the ‘last woman standing.’ She ultimately hit the rail in 105th place, earning $53,247.
Day 6 is set to resume at 11:00 a.m. local time.
Here is a look at the chip counts heading into day 6:
|16||Paul Vas Nunes||6,780,000|
|43||Matthias De Meulder||3,825,000|