The Stars Fall as Main Event Down to Just 35 Players

The Main Event saw the last of the really big names in the game fall yesterday in Vegas, Antonio Esfandiari, Alex Foxen, Jake Schindler and Sam Greenwood all departing as the field was reduced to just 35 players in the race to the $10million first prize.

By: Andrew Burnett

Daniel Hachem, son of 2005 Main Event champ Aussie Joe Hachem, was another who couldn’t make it through day six at the Rio, the payouts starting to reach the serious level – 72nd-placed finisher Michael Messick the first to score 6 figures with a $117,710 cash.

When relative unknown Timothy Su ended day five as chip leader, he was expected to have a tough time holding on to that spot. A massive bustout of Sam Greenwood, however, meant that the software developer would finish the day third in chips – only one more day away from the final table.

Cracking Greenwood’s aces when his open-ended straight draw shove came home on the river, Su said afterwards: "He had one of the best hands to call it off with. The cards determined where the money went."

When the dust had settled on a brutal day of evictions, Nicholas Marchington was atop the leaderboard, the final 35 guaranteed $261,430 and the dream of Main Event gold and $10million still alive.

Top 10 chip counts:

1 Nicholas Marchington 39,800,000
2 Hossein Ensan 34,500,000
3 Timothy Su 34,350,000
4 Milos Skrbic 31,450,000
5 Henry Lu 25,525,000
6 Garry Gates 25,025,000
7 Duey Duong 21,650,000
8 Warwick Mirzikinian 20,700,000
9 Dario Sammartino 19,850,000
10 Kevin Maahs 19,550,000



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