Poker’s most prestigious tournament, the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event, is working its way down to the business end. Over the course of three Day 1 starting flights, more than 6,400 players paid the $10,000 entry fee to take their shot at poker’s most coveted title.
With the money bubble long since burst, 237 players returned to the felt for Sunday’s Day 5. By the time play was finished for the day, just 69 players remained in the hunt for the Main Event bracelet. Players hoping to win poker’s biggest title will need to negotiate three more days of play before taking a huge break until November, when the final table of nine will be played.
Leading the way at the start of the day was Joseph McKeehan of the U.S. McKeehan and second-place stack Upeshka De Silva were the only players to start Day 5 with more than three million chips. Three-time bracelet winner Brian Hastings came into Day 5 fourth in chips with 2,464,000.
Canadians were well represented on Day 5. Jonas Mackoff led the Canadian chip counts to start the day, bagging up 1,488,000, good for 22nd place. In addition to Mackoff, bracelet winner and former November Niner Matt Jarvis started Day 5 with 1,406,000 while Daniel Negreanu, the only player in history to win the WSOP Player of the Year title twice, bagged Canada’s third-biggest stack with 1,335,000.
In total, 10 Canadians came into Day 5 with chips. In addition to the top three stacks above, Arman Soltani, Samuel Gagnon, Omri Moga, Jean-Pascal Savard, Will Molson, Matthew Dietrich, and Max Greenwood all returned to the felt for Day 5 play.
At the end of the day, Belgium’s Pierre Neuville held the chip lead. With 7,105,000, he was the only player to bag more than seven million chips. Four Americans rounded out the rest of the top five chip stacks, with David Stafanski, Thomas Paul, David Peters, and Mazheng Guan all bagging stacks bigger than six million chips.
The top three Canadians from Day 4 remained the same, with a bit of position juggling. Matt Jarvis regained the spot he had at the end of Day 3, leading the Canadian players with the seventh-biggest stack overall. Jarvis bagged 5,250,000 chips, well on his way to another November Nine appearance.
Daniel Negreanu moved up one spot in the Canadian counts. His 3,620,000 was good for the 22nd-place stack overall, while Jonas Mackoff bagged the third-biggest Canuck stack with 3,035,000. Three more Canadians bagged chips at the end of Day 5: Samuel Gagnon (2,005,000), Arman Soltani (1,690,000), and Max Greenwood (590,000).
Four Canadians saw their Main Event dream end on Day 5. Jean-Pascal Savard managed to hold out the longest, finishing in 102nd spot for $46,890. All of the Canadians to cash on Day 5 are below.
The 69 remaining players, including the six Canadians, return to the felt on Monday for Day 6 action when everyone will be guaranteed a minimum of $96,445. Check back with PokerNews Canada for all the action from WSOP Main Event.
Details courtesy of the WSOP Live Blog.