WSOP 2014: 291 players set for long Day 5

Matthew Haugen sat down at the World Series of Poker Main Event's Day 5 with only one assurance. Holding 2.8 million chips at the 6,000/12,000/2,000 level, Haugen got to go to sleep last night knowing there was no one who could challenge his lead. He had around 11 hours to enjoy that before putting it all on the line again.

Now, he's one of 291 people who have returned for Day 5. It's going to be a marathon. It kicked off just a few minutes ago with a dubious promise: if you want to go to sleep before 2am, you're going to have to bust out.

Haugen has enough to keep him awake for a while.

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Matthew Haugen

As we mentioned last night, PokerStars no longer has a chance of getting one of its Team Pros or members of Team Online to a final table. Matthias De Meulder finished in 433rd place for $25,756. He was the last member of the Red Spade brigade in the field. It was a good finish for the Belgian, but one that highlighted the fact that none of his fellow team members were around to celebrate with him. Nonetheless, it's been a fantastic summer for many members of Team Pro. We'll have more on that later this afternoon.

In the meantime, we'll turn our attention to the evaporating field in the Amazon Room. Two dozen players have already been eliminated. Their only consolation is they won't be here until 2am like everyone else.

is the PokerStars Head of Blogging. Photos by Jayne Furman/Poker Photo Archive

Brad Willis
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