The 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event is one day closer to finding the November Nine this year.
Day 5 saw 291 players return to the Amazon Room at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. It was the longest day the players have had to endure yet, with an extra hour added to make up for a shortened Day 3 and Day 4. Throughout the day, many players left the room with their payout slips in hand, and just 79 people are left to try to earn their place on the prestigious final table.
At the end of the night, Mark Newhouse bagged the largest stack with 7.4 million, which is actually more chips than he took to the final table last year (7.3 million) when he made the November Nine. It would be a tremendous achievement if Newhouse could make the final table two years in a row.
The top Canadian in the chip counts is Dong Guo who has 3.8 million, which puts him in 17th over all. The only other representation from our country is Chanracy Khun with 1.445 million and Anh Van Nguyen with 650,000. From Laval, Quebec, Khun should be fairly well known to Canadians from the eastern half of the country. He has some success in events at Playground Poker Club, and his largest cash of his career is a win worth $232,487 at World Poker Tour Barcelona. Nguyen is from Toronto and has played and found success at most of the major Canadian events across the country — from the BC Poker Championships in Vancouver, to the Fallsview Poker Classic in Niagara Falls, to the Playground Poker Classic in Kahnawake, Quebec. He also has plenty of cashes at the WSOP through his career, and he has lifetime tournament winnings of over $1.2 million, with a best cash of $303,320.
With just 79 players left, everyone is now guaranteed at least $85,812.
The one name who is most notably absent from the table draw for Day 6 is Griffin Benger. Benger was the top Canadian stack going into both Day 4 and 5, and was positioned make a great run in this event, even holding the overall chip lead early in Day 5. Unfortunately, it came to an end when he four-bet all in with jacks and was snapped off by Chad Eveslage with queens. Benger wasn’t able to catch up and was eliminated from the tournament in 90th place for a payout of $72,369.
Here are all of the Canadians who collected their cash after being eliminated on Day 5:
Keep your browser on the PokerNews live reporting blog to get the most up-to-date coverage of all the action on Day 6 as we get closer and closer to the November Nine. Then check in to our homepage for a recap of the day.