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WSOP Main Event Day 6: Only 27 Remain, David Balkin Flying The Aussie Flag

Posted at 23:34 2012-07-16 by Barry Gallagher

The World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event Day 6 is in the books and 27 players from the original 6,598 remain. Tomorrow will be a gruelling day in Las Vegas as the players will play until the final table is formed and the nine survivors will become instant poker celebrities. There were 97 players remaining at the start of play today and the goal was to play down to the current 27 who remain.

There were two remaining Aussies ready to duke it out today and we still have one man in. David Balkin is from Sydney but he will be hoping to get an early summer holiday reserved tomorrow by making a date for a trip to Nevada in late October. Balkin was involved in one of the biggest pots of the early part of the day as he took a big lump out of PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst’s stack as he won a race with pocket fours against her {a-Clubs}{j-Diamonds} as the board ran out {2-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{4-Spades}{10-Spades}{6-Diamonds}.

However, things didn’t go well all day for Balkin. He lost a huge pot to French player Gaelle Baumann. After getting to the flop three handed the board read {a-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{9-Hearts}, Balkin bet out and Baumann called. The turn came {7-Hearts} and Balkin bet again and was again called. The river was the {4-Hearts} and the Australian moved all in and was snapped off by the French player. Balkin turned over the set of tens and Baumann turned over {a-Hearts}{j-Hearts}, Balkin initially celebrated until he realised he had been rivered by the nut flush and was down to only 1.1 million chips.

Our boy grinded it back up and won another big pot near the end of the day to eliminate Charles Coultas. Balkin raised and Coultas shipped in his last 1.7 million with {A-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts}, Balkin called him with a pocket pair of kings and the board ran out {Q-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{10-}{9-Hearts} to give the Aussie a much needed chip boost. He bagged up 6.33 million chips at the end of the days play.

Unfortunately, the other remaining Australian heading into Day 6 busted out. Lawrie Gibson’s dream ended when he hit the rail in 83rd place near the start of the action today. He still collected $73,805 for his efforts of the last week in the Rio. More than you would expect to collect for winning many other tournaments that will be played around the globe this year.

Tomorrow dreams will be fulfilled and stars of the future will be crowned. The minimum anyone will walk away with will be $294,601 but getting this deep in the WSOP Main Event is a once in a lifetime opportunity and anyone who goes out now short of the final table will feel crushed. Let’s hope David Balkin can show the same resilience he did today to grind himself out of trouble and makes the November Nine tomorrow.

WSOP Main Event Top 10 Chip Counts

PositionNameChips
1Marc Ladouceur15,875,000
2Daniel Strelitz12,790,000
3Robert Salaburu10,915,000
4Russell Thomas9,985,000
5Elisabeth Hille9,770,000
6Yuval Bronshtein9,735,000
7Jamie Robbins8,750,000
8Robert Corcione8,745,000
9Cylus Watson8,500,000
10Jeremy Ausmus8,300,000

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