WSOP 2015: How deep can they go?
This seems like it can't be real, but apparently it is: it's been four years since Daniel Negreanu cashed in the $10,000 WSOP Main Event. The last time he banked any cash in the Main was 2012 when he finished 160th for $52,718. Since that time he cashed in nearly 40 other tournaments (including two major wins).
As it stands, despite being one of poker's winningest players over the past decade and a half, Negreanu has only cashed in the Main Event a handful of times. His first and best finish came in 2001 when he booked an 11th place finish. Back then, 11th place was only worth $63,000. That is the rough equivalent Negreanu can expect to be guaranteed if he survives today.
Negreanu is one of four Team PokerStars Pros who have survived the Main Event to this point. He had more chips than any of them to start the day. Negreanu still has a fight ahead of him if he hopes to best his highest-ever finish. The rest, however, may set their personal best today.
Two years ago, Team PokerStars India's Aditya Agarwal went as deep as 212th place. As of just a few minutes ago, he's bested that. This is Agarwal's tenth consecutive WSOP (he's been coming every year since he turned 21), and if he finishes Day 5 with chips, it's likely he will finish higher than his 2008 96th place finish that earned him $51,000.
Two years ago, Cody finished in exactly 400th place for $28,063. Two years before that, he booked a 647th place finish. Despite being England's sixth-highest-earning player, those are Cody's only two WSOP Main Event finishes. He's already bested both in his quest to make it through today.
Finally, this will be Matthias de Meulder's third WSOP Main Event finish. What's more, it will be his best. Last year, he bested all of Team Pro, but it was only a 433rd place finish. Until today, that was his best-ever. Now, he's got a shot at Day 6 and some real cash.
So, make your bets now: how deep can they go?
Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging. Photography by PokerPhotoArchive.com