WSOP 2011: Ruthenberg leads Team Pros in dash for cash

wsop2011-thumb-blog.pngThis is it. This is the day scientists, anthropologists, and behaviorists should visit every year. Today marks the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event money bubble. At some point about two hours from now, the WSOP will experience the greatest potential happy energy of the entire tournament. From that point forward, every elimination will be met with misery and sadness. But...for one moment, for one hand, everyone left in the tournament--693 of them--will all be happy at exactly the same time. Bottle the happiness and sell it at raves. You'll get rich.

When Day 3 ended , 852 players had chips to put in bags. One hundred and fifty-nine of those people will leave today with nothing more than their complimentary Dearfoam bedroom slippers. The rest will pick up a minimum of $19,359.

Among the 852 people who start today are nine Team PokerStars Pros, one member of Team PokerStars Online, and six people who won PokerStars Main Event Passports to the World Series of Poker. Leading them all is German Team PokerStars Pro Sebastian Ruthenberg who currently sits sixth in chips overall.


Ruthenberg leading the Team Pros in the dash for cash)

Here is a list of the players who will be getting the bulk of our attention on Day 4.

PokerStars players remaining in 2011 WSOP Main Event

Sebastian Ruthenberg (Team PokerStars Pro) 889,000
JP Kelly (Team PokerStars Pro) 492,000
Tony Hachem (Team PokerStars Pro) 355,500
Philipp Gruissem (Main Event Passport) 355,100
Julian Stuer (Main Event Passport) 343,500
Vanessa Rousso (Team PokerStars Pro) 298,500
Martin Hruby (Team PokerStars Pro) 274,500
Hernan Crespin (Main Event Passport) 236,500
Daniel Negreanu (Team PokerStars Pro) 207,500
Nikolai Senninger (Main Event Passport) 187,000
Marc Le Campion (Main Event Passport) 154,500
Andrew Brokos (Team PokerStars Online) 147,000
Dennis Phillips (Team PokerStars Pro) 144,500
Per Linde (Main Event Passport) 131,000
Sandra Naujoks (Team PokerStars Pro) 105,000
Humberto Brenes (Team PokerStars Pro) 65,000

As it was yesterday, ESPN will be in the house to live stream the action. As such, cards go in the air exactly at noon. Expect it to take about two hours to lose enough people to hit the money. At that point, there will be what should be a fairly protracted hand-for-hand-period. Then the carnage will begin.

We'll be here until 11pm tonight. Stick with us. It's the best day in poker all year long!

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in World Series of Poker