WSOP2011: Who will hit the wall as marathon continues?
Here's where we're at: 142 players remain in the WSOP Main Event from the 6,865 who started way back on July 7. If, like me, you sometimes have difficulty remembering what you did last night, then you can look back again on all our WSOP coverage so far here. You may need a few hours to so, such has been the marathon course we're running. We're only at around the 20-mile mark right now, but the last stages are punishing. Only nine will make the finishing line, but at least they'll be given four months off to take a breather before the final table in November.
Each of the players coming back for Day 6 today are already guaranteed $54,851. By our estimation, by the end of the night we will be down to somewhere in the region of 65 players, all of whom will have doubled their guaranteed cash to $108,000. It's then just the small matter of navigating tomorrow and Tuesday in order to make the final.
PokerStars still has seven players in the mix, with Team PokerStars Pro Sebastian Ruthenberg currently sitting in seventh place overall.
WSOP Main Event Top Ten:
1 David Bach, 4,706,000
2 Pius Heinz, 4,699,000
3 Kyle Johnson, 4,654,000
4 Phil Collins, 4,109,000
5 Ben Lamb, 4,032,000
6 Aleksandr Mozhnyakov, 3,462,000
7 Sebastian Ruthenberg, Team PokerStars Pro, 3,354,000
8 Lars Bonding, 3,327,000
9 Bryan Devonshire, 3,292,000
10 Thomas Grey, 3,262,000
Remaining PokerStars Players:
Per Linde, PokerStars qualifier, 2,986,000
JP Kelly, Team PokerStars Pro, 2,664,000
Julian Stuer, PokerStars qualifier, 2,390,000
Tony Hachem, Team PokerStars Pro, 2,067,000
Andrew Brokos, Team PokerStars Online, 1,572,000
Philipp Gruissem, PokerStars qualifier, 1,262,000
Day 6 begins at noon. The current plan is to play until 4.30pm and take a two-hour dinner break. The Brits among us prefer to call that afternoon tea, so we'll be seeking out some cucumber sandwiches, scones and French fancies (that's dainty cakes to US readers). After dinner, the field will play another two levels.
With the average stack at 1,450,250 and blinds beginning at 15,000-30,000, there's a lot of play left in this yet.