One week ago, the poker media reported that 6,352 players had bought into the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event, but that impressive figure has been reduced to 27 at the end of the official sixth day's play.
Leading those 27 players is Germany’s Anton Morgenstern, who bagged up 21,955,000 chips at the close of play on Day 6, enough to place him at the top of the chip counts in poker’s biggest and richest annual tournament.
Leading those 27 players is Germany's Anton Morgenstern, who bagged up 21,955,000 chips at the close of play on Day 6, enough to place him at the top of the chip counts in poker's biggest and richest annual tournament.
Morgenstern was already the chip leader when he took down a large pot at the end of Day 6. With blinds at 50,000/100,000/10,000a, Morgenstern opened to 200,000 from under the gun and Amir Lehavot called on the button. George Wong was in the big blind and when it was his turn to act he three-bet to 575,000. Morgenstern went into the tank for more than three minutes, during which time the players from other tables went on a scheduled break; little did they know when they returned the tournament would be paused.
After much deliberation, Morgenstern decided to four-bet to 1,000,000 and this sent Lehavot into deep thought, too. Lehavot mucked, Wong considered all of his available options before settling on an all-in bet of around 3,000,000. Morgenstern called and the cards were revealed.
Wong's tournament life hung in the balance, his fate would be decided by one of poker's many coinflips. The 10c-2d-2h flop kept Morgenstern's pocket nines in front, as did the 6h turn. The 2c river was not one of Wong's outs, meaning Wong finished in 28th place and Day 6 of the 2013 WSOP Main Event came to an end.
2013 WSOP Main Event End of Day 6 Top 10 Chip Counts
1st - Anton Morgenstern: 21,955,000
2nd - Sylvain Loosli: 14,125,000
3rd - Chris Lindh: 12,030,000
4th - JC Tran: 11,970,000
5th - Fabian Ortiz: 10,810,000
6th - Carlos Mortensen: 10,790,000
7th - James Alexander: 9,445,000
8th - Jay Farber: 8,975,000
9th - Matthew Reed: 7,705,000
10th - Amir Lehhavot: 7,385,000
Joining Morgenstern on Day 7 are a handful of familiar names and well-known professional players. In the top 10 in chips, sixth to be exact is Carlos Mortensen, who you may recall won this very tournament in 2001. That year he took home $1,500,000 for his efforts, this year finishing sixth will bank him more than that.
Other notable to watch out for include double WSOP bracelet winner and two-time World Poker Tour champion JC Tran, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, France's Benjamin Pollak, last year's "Octo-Niner" Steve Gee and David "Raptor" Benefield.
Day 7 commences at 12:00 Las Vegas time and continues until only the nine-handed final table remains. Each play at the final table secures a $733,224 payday and will be eight eliminations away from winning the $8,359,531 first place prize.
Tune into the Betfair Poker blog tomorrow to discover which players have made it through to the final of "The Big Dance."