WSOP Main Event Days 5 and 6 Stakes RiseTweet Share
The stakes climbed higher at the World Series of Poker on Wednesday and Thursday, as the number of players dwindled and the prize money soared for poker’s premier event. The starting field of 7,319 passed the money line of 747 on Day 4, meaning that with each elimination, players were getting closer to the ultimate prize of $8,944,138.
With 574 players surviving Day 4 action, each was guaranteed of earning at least $24,709 for his or her efforts. Tony Dunst would start out day 5 as the chip leader with 1,546,000 chips. Day 5 launched in a brutal fashion, with 75 players being sent to the rail in the first hour alone.
Evan Lamprea, a 21 year-old Canadian player, surged into the lead by the end of the day, continuing the run of young, relatively unknown players to make strong showings in recent Main Events. Lamprea offered a simple plan for himself for Day 6, saying he didn’t “plan to change too much; I guess I’ll just check my table draw and go from there.”
The final one percent
Day 6 started with 205 players, each who was guaranteed at least $48,847. The goal set by WSOP organizers was to finish with nine tables of nine, or eighty-one, meaning another long day of intense poker was in store. 127 players would find their way to the exits of the Rio Casino, as Theo Jorgensen would take charge and by the end of the day, would hold a lead of nearly 1.8 million over second place Michael Mizrachi. Mizrachi is the remaining brother of four that were, at one point all battling for contention in the event.
In addition to Mizrachi, some of the bigger-name players moving on to Day 7 included: Kostritsyn, Eric Baldwin, Adam Levy and David Benymine.
The top chip counts at the end of Day 6 were:
- Theo Jorgensen 9,300,000
- Michael Mizrachi 7,535,000
- John Racener 7,200,000
- Jonathan Driscoll 6,570,000
- William Thorson 6,525,000
- Matthew Jarvis 6,125,000
- Edward Ochana 5,950,000
- Alexander Kostritsyn 5,715,000
- Cuong Nguyen 5,650,000
- Joseph Cheong 5,555,000