2016 WSOP Main Event Day 6: Michael Niwinski and Griffin Benger Return
The 2016 World Series of Poker (WSOP) resumed on July 17 at the Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel and Casino with Day 6 of the $10,000 Main Event.
Two of Three Canadians Survive Day 6
The final 80 players returned to the tables at the Rio on Sunday in poker’s most important tournament of the year. The day began at noon and, by the time the clock was paused again, most of those players had hit the rail to collect their payout and 27 players remained.
Counting out the largest stack of them all was Czech Republic’s Vojtech Ruzicka with 26,415,000 chips.
Three Canadians remained when the day began and two of them still had chips to bag at the end of the day. Michael Niwinski will return with 10,660,000 chips which puts him in 15th place overall. Griffin Benger will also be back with his 6,530,000 chips.
The third Canadian who played on Sunday was Albertan Ron Giles. He ultimately finished in 41st place and collected $174,826 for his deep run.
Just two years ago, Griffin Benger made it deep in the Main Event and finished 90th for $72,369. He’s already well past that milestone and is now guaranteed to earn a minimum of $269,430 to add to his $2.4 million in lifetime earnings. The best cash of his life was for $1 million which is what he’s guaranteed to make if he finds himself on the final table of this Main Event. But the first-place prize of $8 million is surely what’s on his mind.
From Burnaby, B.C., Michael Niwinski is far less known in the poker world and has just $13,405 in lifetime tournament winnings and most of that came in the last month at the WSOP. The best cash of his life was for just under $5,000 in WSOP Event #50 where he finished 66th. Regardless of how he finishes in the Main Event, making it this fair is almost certainly life-changing money.
What to Watch For Tomorrow
Monday’s Day 7 will see the final 27 players in this prestigious $10,000 tournament returning to try to earn a spot at the final table where each of them are guaranteed to make $1 million. Action will resume at noon and will stop when nine players remain. At that point, the tournament takes a break until late October when the rest of the play is broadcast live on ESPN.
Check back with PokerNews Canada tomorrow for an update on the WSOP Main Event. Good luck to the two final Canadians in the field!
Details courtesy of the WSOP Live Updates.