Charlie Elias Last Aussie Standing After WSOP Main Event Day 6

Posted at 13:40 2009-07-15
Charlie Elias seems to be your typical unassuming Aussie guy, and yet this down to earth Sydneysider is now carrying the hopes of an entire nation on his back as the last Aussie standing in the World Series of Poker Main Event.
Daniel Neilson’s elimination in 73rd confirmed the fact. Down to less then 15 big blinds Neilson found an opportunity to move his 450,000 chip stack in from early position. He looked set to take down the blinds until Steve Sanders made the call from the small blind with {kd}{kh}.  Neilson’s {Ad}{Qs} would need a bit of help to keep him alive and it didn’t arrive.
Neilson’s elimination earned him US$68,979. It may earn Elias a lot more in name value. The elimination of Neilson was the sixth and final Australian elimination on day six of play.
Earlier in the day Tian Shou’s deep run came to an end, after his {Qc}{Qs} found no luck against Matt Affleck’s {As}{kc} and Benjamin Jensen’s {9s}{9h}. The flop spiked Affleck’s {Ac}, and he never looked back, shipping a pot over 1.2 million chips, while Shou was hamstrung and eliminated a few hands later.  Shou exited the Amazon room US$47,003 richer thanks to his 95th place finish.
The other four Aussies all finished with US$40,288. Joe Hachem was eliminated in 103rd place, Sarne Lightman finished 112th, Joey Lawrence 146th, and Michael Comer 148th all good for the same payout.
The Aussie eliminations joined a list of 121 players including prominent names like defending champion Peter Eastgate, overnight second in chips Kasper Cordes, Kenny Tran, Noah Boeken, JC Tran, Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier, and Cole South, who all bit the bullet on day six.
Similar to when Joe Hachem took down the title in 2005, Elias has an ever growing fan base at the rail, cheering and chanting his every move and at this rate, there may be an Aussie interest in the World Series all the way into November.
The Australian sits just one elimination shy of a guaranteed cash of at least US$108,047. Elias has been a staple in the top 20 chip counts for the last three days. His stack currently sits at 4,190,000.
Joining the Aussie in the lead group are poker superstars Phil Ivey (6,345,000) and Antonio Esfandiari (5,610,000). The interestingly named American Darvin Moon is the chip leader at 9,745,000.
64 players will return to start day seven and the blinds will resume at 25,000/50,000 with a 5,000 chip ante. The average stack is just over three million chips.
After over 12 hours of tireless effort both the players and media have retired for the day, ready to kick day seven action off again at 5:00am AEST. You can catch all the live updates of Charlie Elias’ fantastic run (and the rest of the field! Pffff) live on PokerNews, or you can read a summary of his day at the end of play right here on PokerNetwork.

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