Every year, one poker tournament stands above all others in terms of prestige. That tournament is the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event. First held in 1972, the winner of the $10,000 buy-in event is crowned the World Champion for that year.
As befits the biggest tournament of the year, the Main Event has a unique structure. Two-hour blind levels mean the tournament runs for seven days just to decide the final table. After that is where things get really unusual. Rather than finish the tournament on the eighth day, the final tablists become the "November Nine" and spend the next three months preparing for the biggest final table of their lives. In November, the players return to finish it out and crown the new World Champion.
When all the numbers were tallied after three Day 1 starting flights, 6420 players sat down to take their shot at the big prize. With Day 6 now in the books, the 2015 Main Event is now down to just 27 players remaining.
When Day 6 began, 69 players returned to the felt, all hoping to make it through the day and build their stack. Everyone returning on Monday was guaranteed at least $96,445, but only the first six players to bust would get that amount. After that, the prizes jumped to over $100,000 for the rest of the finishers.
At the start of the day, it was Belgian player Pierre Neuville who led the chip counts. Though Neuville is still looking for his first bracelet, he is no stranger to WSOP action. His deep run in this Main Event, regardless of how he finishes, will mark his 20th lifetime cash at the WSOP. Americans David Stefanski and Thomas Paul rounded out the top three to start the day.
Canada had several familiar faces starting the day. Leading the way for Canadians was Matt Jarvis, who was also the Day 3 chip leader for Canadians. Jarvis took the seventh-biggest stack overall into Day 6, and he was joined by Daniel Negreanu, Jonas Mackoff, Samuel Gagnon, Arman Soltani, and Max Greenwood.
Day 6 did not go well for many of the Canadians who started the day. When chips were bagged at the end of the night, only Daniel Negreanu was left sporting the maple leaf. Max Greenwood ran his into Patrick Chan’s to finish in 42nd place for $164,086 while Matt Jarvis ran his into Bob Buckenmayer’s to finish in 51st position for $137,300. All the Canadians to cash on Day 6 are below.
By the end of Day 6, American Thomas Kearney was the man with the most chips, bagging 14,400,000. Right behind him in second is Mozheng Guan, the only other player over 14 million chips. Day 4 chip leader Joseph McKeehan finished the day in fourth spot, bagging 11,975,000.
The final remaining Canadian is Daniel Negreanu, sitting ninth with 8,495,000. As one of the most accomplished poker players in history, Negreanu needs no introduction. This deep run in the 2015 Main Event marks his 82nd cash at the WSOP, and should he eventually win it, it would be his seventh bracelet.
Late in the day, Negreanu was forced to rebound after losing some chips in a few successive hands. His stack took a couple hits when he had to fold to a turn check-raise all in from James Magner, then folded to a river bet from Neil Blumenfield with a board of .
Negreanu bounced back just a few hands later when he opened under the gun to see Wasim Ahmar move all in from the big blind for 1,160,000. Negreanu quickly called and found himself with pair over pair as his dominated Ahmar’s . Negreanu’s eights held on the board of and he pushed his stack back up to 7,560,000.
In the final few hands, he picked up more chips with a well-timed four-bet. Negreanu opened from middle position to 275,000 and Thomas Cannuli made the call from the cutoff. Max Steinberg put in a three-bet from the big blind to 750,000, which Negreanu bumped to 1,400,000. Cannuli and Steinberg both got out of the way, giving Negreanu a stack of nearly 8.5 million.
Some of the notable players to bust on Day 6 included the last woman standing in the event, Kelly Minkin. Minkin made a very deep run, nearly making it to Day 7, but she fell as the second-last elimination of the day. Minkin checked her option in the big blind after Anton Morgenstern and Federico Butteroni limped in from the button and small blind, respectively. When the flop came , Butteroni bet 150,000 before Minkin shoved over top of him for 2,025,000. Morgenstern folded, but Butteroni called. When they flipped their cards, Minkin saw the gross spot she was in, as her was way behind Butteroni’s . The queen on the turn left Minkin drawing dead, and she finished her Main Event run in 29th place for $211,821. Other notable players to cash on Day 6 are below.
|36||Upeshka De Silva||$211,821|
Cards are in the air for Day 7 at noon on Tuesday, and everyone returning is guaranteed at least $262,574. Play is expected to continue until the November Nine is set.
Details courtesy of the WSOP Live Blog.