Sammartino Survives Bad Ruling as Main Event Final Table Set

Dario Sammartino survived illness and a very controversial hand to book his seat at the final table of the Main Event, the Italian one of nine players still on course to take down pokers most coveted event and the $10million first prize that goes with it…

By: Andrew Burnett

“I took so much medication but all I wanted to do was go to bed. My stomach, my throat, my head, everything was hurting and my temperature was very high,” he explained in an interview this week, admitting that had it been any other tournament he would simply have withdrawn.

He survived, though, and has already outlasted 8560 others in the second-biggest ever Main Event, the remaining nine all guaranteed at least $1million when they return on Sunday.

Yesterday’s action at the RIO came thick and fast, 35 players reduced to 30 within an hour. Sammartino was involved in one of the biggest hands of the day as the final table bubble approached, calling Englishman Nick Marchington’s all-in only to find out an incorrect shove amount had been announced.

The floor ruling against him might have tilted many players, and the way it was handled certainly had Twitter on fire…

Sammartino managed to hang on, however, and when Robert Heidorn fell in 10th spot for an $800k payout, it was time for the others to celebrate – a free day today to recover and plan a strategy for the three day final table, Hossein Ensan holding a huge chip lead while the bottom three at least will be in shove/fold mode.

Chip counts:

1 Hossein Ensan 177,000,000
2 Garry Gates 99,300,000
3 Zhen Cai 60,600,000
4 Kevin Maahs 43,000,000
5 Alex Livingston 37,800,000
6 Dario Sammartino 33,400,000
7 Milos Skrbic 23,400,000
8 Timothy Su 20,200,000
9 Nick Marchington 20,100,000



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