Ivey Set To Fly To The Moon - 27 Remain Following Day 7 of WSOP Main Event

Posted at 17:41 2009-07-15
One Australian and 63 other players returned to the felt after six exhausting days of play for yet another grind at the table, as the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event worked its way from 64 players down to our final 27.
Charlie Elias the last Australian standing at the WSOP and would unfortunately not make it through the day, eliminated after a gallant run, in 53rd place. Elias will bring home US$138,568 for his superb Main Event efforts.
Elias’ run came to an end after he moved in over the top of a raise with {as}{kh}. With blinds 30,000/60,000, the original raise by Hieu Luu was to 175,000, and Elias moved all in over the top for just over 2 million chips. The Aussie couldn’t have liked the snap call from the cutoff Luis Nargentino, which sent Luu into the tank. After several minutes of thought, Luu eventually laid his hand down, leaving Nargentino to table {qh}{qd}. Elias was in about as good a shape as he could hope for, but unfortunately the cards didn’t fall his way, with the board blanking out to send the Aussie to the rail.
Elias joins star players like 2009 World Series of Poker player of the year Jeff Lisandro (won 3 bracelets this series, in case you were under a rock for a while), David Saab, and Joe Hachem all who have earned the honour of being the last Australian left in the Main Event in recent years.
Elias was in good company as a day seven elimination, joining notables such as Prahlad Friedman, Dennis Phillips, 2007 WSOP Player of the Year Tom Schneider, Joe Sebok and Blair Rodman amongst a host of other names hitting the Amazon Room rail today.
With all the Australians eliminated, there is still the small question of who will make up the 2009 November Nine and return to Vegas as millionaires for the final table.
The leading contender and the man most eyes are firmly focussed on is Phil Ivey.
Ivey is hunting his third bracelet of the series, and would instantly (if he hasn’t already) earn himself a spot in poker history as the only established high-profile player to win the Main Event in the post-poker boom era.
Ivey has 11,350,000 chips to work with, that has him sitting in a tight bunch of players between 3rd and 8th place. Also in that group is Jeff Shulman with 10,170,000 chips. Antonio Esfandiari has 4,470,000 to his name and a bit of work to do if he wants to be a member of the November Nine.
The chip leader for the second straight night is the camera shy American Darvin Moon with 20,160,000 chip stack. He’s followed by Billy Kopp 15,970,000. With 27 players left the average stack is 7,215,000. Blinds resume tomorrow with about 7 minutes left in the 50,000/100,000 level.
Tomorrow will be the final day of play before the recess till November. At the conclusion of play tomorrow all players will be paid out the equivalent of ninth place, and the media circus between now and November will once again ramp up. Tune into PokerNews.com for all of the live updates as they unfold!


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