Pearson and Caridad Carry Australian Hopes In Vegas

Posted at 18:26 2010-07-15

Day five of the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event started out with 574 players entering the Rio Hotel and Casino with dreams of WSOP glory, but after another four levels of play only 205 had kept that dream alive.

At the start of the day it was PokerNetwork’s adopted son Tony Dunst who entered the room dressed to impress and a stack to match as the tournament chip leader. Dunst said that he felt like he had “a horseshoe lodged up his ass” for the past few days as everything was going right. Well, that horseshoe must’ve passed as his once impressive tower of chips, slowly diminished throughout the day. He lost a few flips and things just didn’t go right as he fell back into the pack and eventually bagged up 327,000 chips.

Unfortunately for most of the other Aussies in the field, their stacks also went in a similar direction as one by one they hit the felt and headed over to the cashier. Roy Vandersluis fell in 536th ($24,079) and the final TeamAPL qualifier, Nick Filippopoulos, departed in 487th ($27,519).

One of the big Australian hopes was Full Tilt Poker’s Jonathan Karamalikis who had experienced a fun ride to get to this point, but his run came to an end when he pushed pocket sixes into pocket aces to bust in 446th ($31,647).

Australia’s last female standing, and one of the last females in the entire tournament, Jackie Glazier had fought valiantly with a short stack for several days before succumbing in 427th place ($31,647).

New Zealand’s great hope was WSOP bracelet winner Simon “durrrr-slayer” Watt who started the day well placed. However he couldn’t get things going today and eventually pushed with an open-ended straight draw against a set. Watt couldn’t hit the turn or river and hit the rail in 397th place ($31,637).

One Australian player who did manage to survive the day was Matthew “onmyVplates” Pearson who surged up the chip count leaderboard before a rough final level of the day left him with 462,000 chips at the end of the day. He’ll be carrying the hopes of a nation tomorrow as he flies the Aussie flag on Day 6.

Pearson has a long way to go to catch chip leader Evan Lamprea who bagged up 3,564,000. 2008 Aussie Millions champ Alexander Kostritsyn made it though in 8th chip position with 2,564,000 while the immortal Johnny Chan is close behind in 9th chip position with 2,559,000.

Other big names still in the field include Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi (1,793,000), Johnny Lodden (1,625,000), Scott Clements (1,535,000), Peter Jetten (1,495,000), JP Kelly (1,474,000), Phil Galfond (1,025,000), Jean-Robert Bellande (946,000), Juha Helppi (555,000), David Benyamine (353,000).

Day 6 kicks off at 12pm local time tomorrow and you can catch all of the live updates from PokerNews.com.

In other news from Sin City, the WPT Bellagio Main Event is rapidly approaching a final table with Sydney’s John “jcsydney” Caridad well in contention. Joe Hachem fell in 24th place ($20,392), while Jeff Lisandro made it to 15th ($33,986) to leave Caridad as the sole Aussie in the field. At the time of writing, Caridad is sitting in second chip position with nine players remaining as they look to reach the televised final table of six. Also in the field are Justin Smith and the immortal Phil Ivey, while Caridad took care of Maria Ho in 10th place (much to the disappointment of tsapy!). There will be a big Aussie contingent on the rail of the Bellagio tomorrow, and a huge sweat in the PokerNetwork forums, should John make it through. We wish him all the best!

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