WSOP 2016: The players accustomed to winning
There are approximately 1,200 players remaining in the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event, which means they're only about 100 away from the money.
At last count, there were five previous Main Event champions still involved: Tom McEvoy, who won in 1983, has 215,000. Johnny Chan, of 1987-88 vintage, has 250,000. Joe McKeehen, the defending champion, is a short stack with about 83,000. There are much bigger piles in front of Ryan Riess (2013), who has 480,000, and Greg Raymer (2004), who is sitting behind 510,000.
Five from 1,200 is a comparatively small number, but there are still many, many players in this thing with a full trophy cabinet. At last sweep through the room, I counted 11 former EPT main event champions, plus a handful of EPT High Roller specialists, a couple of UKIPT winners and even a former winner on the Eureka Poker Tour.
Here's a look at some of the other glittering talent still playing the Main Event:
Tom Middleton (EPT Barcelona champion) - 910,000
Max Silver (UKIPT Dublin; UKIPT Galway) - 870,000
Shaun Deeb (Kyiv HR*) - 750,000
Ivan Luca (Eureka Rozvadov) - 670,000
John Dibella (PCA) - 660,000
Gavin Griffin (Grand Final) - 640,000
Vojtech Ruzicka (Deauville HR) - 630,000
Max Altergott (Grand Final SHR) -
David Vamplew (EPT London) - 330,000
Dimitar Danchev (PCA) - 330,000
Steve O'Dwyer (Grand Final) - 265,000
Anton Wigg (Copenhagen) - 220,000
Aaron Gustavson (London) - 204,000
Ole Schemion (Sanremo HR; Grand Final SHR) - 165,000
Liv Boeree (EPT Sanremo) - 145,000
(*Three players, but whatever.)
A third former PCA champion, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier fell not long ago, a few places short of the money. That leaves us with five Red Spades:
Marc-Andre Ladouceur - 850,000
Jennifer Shahade - 280,000
Jason Somerville - 250,000
Liv Boeree - 145,000
Aditya Agarwal - 100,000
Boeree was recently moved to Somerville's table, opening up the possibility of some cannibalism there. Not before the money, guys. Not before the money.
WSOP photos by PokerPhotoArchive.com.