Seven Australians remain as the World Series of Poker Main Event rolls on into day 6. The field has now been whittled down to just 185 players, with 222 hopefuls saying their farewells during day five.
Of the Aussies eliminated on the day, Emma Grace became the best finishing Australian female player. Grace went out in 404th place for a US$27,469 score, not bad for a pub poker player.
Grace’s elimination would be the last Australian exit for a while, with the remaining 11 Aussies surviving yet another money jump. Finally Craig Ivey, Chad Awerbuch, and Jonathan Wetheim were all eliminated in quick succession. All three players received US$32,693 for their respective 267th, 256th, and 248th place finishes.
Dave Fox became the only other Australian eliminated. He went out in 195th place not long before the end of the day’s play. His finish earned him US$36,626.
For the remaining seven Australians, the day was full of highs and lows.
Joe Hachem sat not far above the average stack for most of the day before taking a late hit to drop him down to 540,000 in chips, half of what his stack had been. Tian Shou similarly took a late hit. After being over 2 million in chips, Shou finished with 1,802,000.
The best placed of the Aussies is Charlie Elias. Elias’ stack is ever growing, sitting at 2,780,000 at the moment, good for a place in the top ten overall. Shou is second best, with Sarne Lightman’s 889,000 chips sandwiched between him and Hachem on the Aussie counts.
At the moment only Elias and Shou sit above the average stack of 1,053,081 chips.
South African Warren Zackey has emerged as the overnight chip leader with 4,872,000 in chips. He’s followed by Kasper Cordes with 4,352,000.
Big names still in the field include Dutch PokerStars Pro Noah Boeken (2,338,000), Phil Ivey (1,380,000), Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari (1,227,000), Jordan Morgan (1,202,000), 2008 Main Event final tablist Dennis Phillips (1,009,000), Joe Sebok (992,000), Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier (973,000) and defending champion Peter Eastgate (927,000).
Day six action gets underway from 5:00am AEST Tuesday. You can follow the action live on PokerNews, or hit PokerNetwork for a daily summary from an Aussie angle.
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