The World Series of Poker $10,000 World Championship Main Event increased its intensity with 297 players returning to play on Day 5. Known as Moving Day, players well into the money build stacks for a final table run and 5.5 levels of action trimmed the field to just 85 remaining players. Robin Hegele leads the field after finishing with 9.99 million.
Filling out the top ten counts are Max Silver, Damian Salas and 2009 November Niner Antoine Saout. Scott Blumstein, Ben Pollak, Richard Gryko, Bryan Piccioli, Ben Lamb and Kenny Hallaert all return above the average stack.
Antoine Saout looking for another run at the Main Event Final Table. (Photo: PokerPhotoArchive.com)
Brandon Meyers, Matthias de Meulder, Michael Ruane, Connor Drinan, Jake Bazeley and Marcel Luske start a little shorter. Martin Finger, Kevin Calenzo, Ian Johns and Mike Linster return with short stacks.
Tournament veterans had a tough day with Tom Middleton, Jake Balsiger, Ankush Mandavia, Dominik Nitsche, Greg Mueller, Timothy Adams, Chino Rheem and Mark Radoja all hit the rail Saturday.
Mickey Craft’s wild, alcohol-soaked ride in the Main Event came to an end, but after he busted Craft returned to deliver shots of tequila for his former tablemates.
Day 6 returns to action at 11 am PT and goes live on ESPN2 until 3 pm PT. Then PokerGO picks up the broadcast and stays with the action until estimated end of play.
Charlie Carrel is a new fan-favorite with his eccentric fashion and creative play. The young British pro played well beyond his years and talked about his dreams of just playing in the Main Event.
Scott Blumstein earned his poker stripes on the East Coast as a New Jersey native and had some success at the Borgata. He’s playing in his first Main Event and on Day 5 had the unfortunate table draw of having Ben Lamb on his immediate left.
Martin Finger is part of the feared High Roller German contingent that’s carved up the poker world the past few years. Finger rode a roller coaster of a day and ended the day as one of the shortest stacks in the room.
Bryan Piccioli returned to Day 5 in the 2016 as the chip leader and fell short and was eliminated midway through the day. He returned to Day 5 with an average stack Saturday and vowed not to repeat his mistakes from a year ago.
South Korean Gyeong Byeong Lee peeked at nearly 8 million chips going into the dinner break. But he’s unable to share his success with his parents, as they don’t know that he’s playing poker. Traditional South Koreans look down on poker and gambling and it’s outlawed for citizens, but has casinos for foreigners.
Dario Sammartino will be a force to deal with on Day 6. (Photo: PokerPhotoArchive.com)
Dario Sammartino and Kenny Hallaert began the day at the same Feature Table. The Italian High Roller talked about other Italian players, high roller tournaments and the rails Italian players have.
Marcel Luske returned to poker after spending some serious time with his family the past couple of years. He still played, but now as a member of Team partypoker – he’s feeling and playing better than ever.