Antonio Esfandiari Among Day 5 Survivors in Main Event

Sam Greenwood and Antonio Esfandiari are the two biggest names left in the Main Event after a brutal day 5 at the tables chopped the field down to just 106 contenders for the ultimate title and $10million first prize…

By: Andrew Burnett

The Main Event always throws up some ‘unknowns’ running deep with a poker dream, however, and Timothy Su fit that bill perfectly, a mere $2457 in recorded earnings but bagging the chip lead.

In an interesting bit of WSOP stats, the day 5 chip leader has finished no worse than 50th by the end of the tournament over the past decade, Michael Dyer’s 3rd place last year the best finish.

One man also rather unknown as a player was partypoker’s MD Tom Waters, his own Main Event dream ending yesterday, but an excellent showing nonetheless.

Dean Morrone, the online qualifier who led the chip counts at the start of play yesterday couldn’t keep his run going, eliminated late into day five.

Mike The Mouth Matusow also bowed out, as did HighStakes ambassador and first-time bracelet winner last week Joseph subiime Cheong, with Todd Brunson joining them on the rail.

Of those still in with a shot at the $10million first place prizemoney, Alex Foxen is the one name that really stands out, although 4-time bracelet winner Jeff Madsen and highroller specialist Jake Schindler both have the skill and experience to cause the rest of the field to worry.

Jill Bryant’s 116th place finish deserves mention, the last woman standing adding a $59,295 cash to the Aurora, Illinois player’s $200k career earnings.

Top 10 Chip Counts:

1 Timothy Su 19,235,000
2 Sam Greenwood 11,950,000
3 Duey Duong 11,765,000
4 Warwick Mirzikinian 11,430,000
5 Luke Graham 11,280,000
6 Nicholas Marchington 10,835,000
7 Milos Skrbic 10,715,000
8 Romain Lewis 10,600,000
9 Laurids Nielsen 9,955,000
10 Ian Pelz 9,635,000

                        

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