2016 WSOP Main Event Day 5: Griffin Benger Among Chip Leaders
The 2016 World Series of Poker (WSOP) resumed on July 16 at the Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel and Casino with Day 5 of the $10,000 Main Event.
At the end of four days of play, 251 players were still in the hunt for the most coveted gold bracelet of the year. By the end of play on Day 5, just 80 players still had live Main Event dreams.
The man with the most chips after five days of play is Jerry Wong from Brooklyn, New York. Wong is looking for his first gold bracelet here in the 2016 Main Event, though the deep run this year marks his 20th lifetime cash at the WSOP for a total of over $100,000 in winnings.
Wong bagged up 11,555,000 chips at the end of Day 5, making him one of three to collect more than 10 million in chips. Rounding out the top three, Kiwi Jan Suchanek amassed 10,305,000 chips through five days of play, while Belgium’s Kenny Hallaert just managed to crack the barrier with 10,050,000 when play ended for the night.
Griffin Benger On Fire
Canada’s top hope is sitting fourth in the overall stack list. Griffin Benger had a strong Day 4, moving up through the field as play progressed. The Toronto resident came into Day 5 with the 24th-place stack but managed to play his starting stack of 2.5 million chip stack into nearly 10 million by day's end, finishing Day 5 with 9,860,000 — nearly four times as much as he started the day with.
Two other Canadians managed to make it through Day 5. Michael Niwinski’s Main Event dreams are still alive. The Burnaby, B.C., resident bagged 6,400,000 at the end of Day 5, good for 16th place overall. Ron Giles from Airdrie, Alberta, is also still in the bracelet hunt, finishing the day with the 52nd-place stack, bagging just over 2.5 million chips.
There are a few other big names still battling it out for the Main Event title. Jared Bleznick bagged just under eight million chips, good for ninth place, while Paul Volpe put together a stack of 7,290,000 for 13th place. Tom Marchese was immediately behind Volpe with 7,155,000, and they’ll be joined on Day 6 by players like James Obst (29, 4,880,000), Max Silver (39, 3,545,000), Tom Middleton (59, 2,100,000), Chris Klodnicki (66,1,875,000), and Tony Gregg (71, 1,405,000).
The Main Event is already deep in the money, so all players busting on Day 5 got paid. Fourteen Canadians collected a Day 5 paycheque.
What to Watch For Tomorrow
The final 80 players return to the felt at noon Sunday for Day 6 with everyone now guaranteed a payday of at least $80,721. Five more two-hour levels are scheduled for Sunday as the remaining players set their sights on the 2016 November Nine.
Check back with PokerNews Canada tomorrow for an update on the WSOP Main Event. Good luck to the remaining Canadians!