Ensan and Gates Way Out Front as Main Event Down to Five Players

The nine players chasing Main Event glory were chopped down to just five last night, the gold bracelet and $10million first prize just a couple of days away as Hossein Ensan held onto his lead…

By: Andrew Burnett

A free day on Saturday was a welcome rest from more than a week of intense action, but the nerves were jangling as they resumed – a $1million payday guaranteed but the biggest title in poker dangling ever closer.

England’s Nick Marchington came back as the shortest stack and managed to double early to allow a bit of breathing space, and it was Serbia’s Milos Skrbic who would depart first in the following pre-flop all-in

Skrbic: A♠ J♥
Gates: A♥ Q♥
Board: 10♦ 9♥ 7♥ 4♦ 5♥

It didn’t take long for Timothy Su to follow Skrbic to the rail, the early Main Event chip leader facing off for his tournament life with the final table overnight leader.

Su: 3♦ 3♣
Ensan: A♦ J♠
Board: J♥ 5♣ 5♦ 10♠ J♦

Su took $1,250,000 for his fine run, and the pay jumps were getting very serious, roughly $300k per place.

Marchington was next to fall, again in a pre-flop raise, shove, call situation – Ensan once again the executioner…

Marchington: A♦ 7♣
Ensan: K♣ K♠
Board: J♥ 8♣ 6♦ 5♥ Q♠

No history-making ‘youngest Main Event winner ever’ story for Marchington, but $1,525,000 and an amazing tale nonetheless for the 21-year old.

The speed of play and departures meant that there was still time for one more player to hit the rail – Cai Zhen falling in 6th at the hands of Kevin Maahs

Cai: A♠ K♦
Maahs: 9♣ 9♠
Board: Q♠ J♥ 7♠ 4♦ 2♦

Sixth place and $1,850,000 for Zhen, with $2.2million guaranteed for the remaining five who will return to the Rio this evening, Germany’s Hossein Ensan still atop the chip counts, with Garry Gates close behind.

Chip counts:

1 Hossein Ensan 207,700,000
2 Garry Gates 171,700,000
3 Kevin Maahs 66,500,000
4 Alex Livingston 45,800,000
5 Dario Sammartino 23,100,000

Final results:

6 Zhen Cai $1,850,000
7 Nick Marchington $1,525,000
8 Timothy Su $1,250,000
9 Milos Skrbic $1,000,000

       

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