WSOP 2013: Lane leads, PokerStars Passport winner still alive

Fire burned from the ground, rain gully-washed from the sky, and 666 players started Day 4. It was a culling day of biblical proportions. At its end, a scant 239 players remained in the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event field led by Jon Lane and including PokerStars Main Event Passport winner Anton Morgenstern. The German will have around 25 big blinds when he returns Saturday.

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Anton Morgenstern

For the better part of the day, it looked as if Marcel Luske would make a repeat WSOP Main Event Day 5 appearance. Instead, he busted out with one hour left to play as the last Team PokerStars standing.

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Marcel Luske

Luske may have been the last to go, but he did not go out as brilliantly as 2008 WSOP Main Event runner-up Ivan Demidov. Demidov had made a late-day surge and had worked his stack up to around 800,000 at the 6k/12k level. Minutes into Level 20, with only two hours left to play, Demidov came in for a raise. When Christopher Kinane three-bet, Demidov shoved for all of it. The snap-call told the story: aces versus Demidov's ace-king. An ace on the flop and no miracle board sent Demidov out in 280th place.

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That...that didn't go as planned

Today we saw a short money bubble, but a happy one, one that spared the PokerStars players who started the day, but eventually led to the demise of the legendary Humberto Brenes (his 72nd career WSOP in the money finish), Jake Cody, Team Online's Isaac Haxton, and fan-favorite ElKY. In all, the red angels escorted all but 239 to the payout cage. We were also forced to say goodbye to the legendary Doyle Brunson. It was enough to make us wonder if now was a bad time for the players to start making new friends.

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Thanks, Doyle

Though PokerStars lost its remaining Team Pro and Team Online players in Day 4, they didn't go home without a little something for their time. Here's how they got paid.

261st place: Marcel Luske (Team PokerStars Pro) $37,019
280th place: Ivan Demidov (Team PokerStars Pro) $37,019
295th place: Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (Team PokerStars Pro) $32,242
325th place: Rafael Porzecanski (Main Event Passport winner) $32,242
400th place: Jake Cody (Team PokerStars Pro) $28,603
455th place: Isaac Haxton (Team Online) $24,480
478th place: Rupert Elder (Main Event Passport winner) $24,480
584th place: Humberto Brenes (Team PokerStars Pro) $19,106

Saturday brings Day 5 and a chance for PokerStars Main Event Passport winner Anton Morgenstern to build on the stack he bagged up tonight. Everyone will be back here at the Rio at noon. We'll be with them.

Until then, goodnight from Las Vegas.

Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging. Photos courtesy Poker Photo Archive.

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