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Event #57 Main Event Day 5

8:03 AM
We saw Day 4 begin with a field of 2,557, only to finish with just 574 players remaining with 22 having over 1 million in chips. Lots of big names were vanquished, but many still are at the tables. Names such as Alexander Kostritsyn 761,000, Juha Helppi 693,000, Thayer Rasmussen 675,000, Praz Bansi who won a gold WSOP bracelet in Event #5 with 660,000, Scotty Nguyen 632,000, Hoyt Corkins 572,000, Eric Baldwin 506,000, Shannon Shorr 482,000, John Kabbaj 466,000, WPT announcer Vince Van Patten 455,000, Will Failla 435,000, Steve Billirakis 400,000, Jason Mercier 398,000, Sammy Farha who also won a gold bracelet this year with 377,000, Dwyte Pilgrim 282,000, John Esposito 270,000, Todd Witteles 239,000, Theo Tran 231,000, Brandon Cantu 196,000, Evelyn Ng 156,000 and John Racener 149,000.

Also yesterday we finally hit the money. One point of significance was that the 4 Mizrachi brothers all cashed in the Main Event. Emotions ran from subdued good byes to the woman who gave a blood-curdling scream when she doubled up after she though she had busted. (Yeah, that one had everyone running to the table because they thought something happened to her.) For Day 5 the goal is to play for 4 more levels which again turns up the heat on the players. Come back after 12 noon to see what is taking place at the Amazon Room.

12:04 PM
And they're off! Thirty seconds after Jack Effel told the dealers to "Shuffle Up and Deal!", came the first "All-in and a call!". It involved Katrina Jett and another player who both held A K, resulting in a chopped pot and a few laughs.

12:23 PM
Lauren Kling is on her way to the cashier's cage after her A Q was no match for the pocket 8's of her opponent. She is followed by Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Michael Adamo, Eric Buchman and Fabrice Soulier. The line for payouts is growing by the minute.

1:15 PM
Can Kim Hua was so disgusted when Denis Pisarev paired his Queens that he just mucked his hand, said goodbye and walked off before the river card was dealt. So its safe to say Hua is eliminated from the Main Event. Brian Rast was railbound after Greg Schaefer made two pair (Q's and A's), punching a hole in his A 7 suited. And Karina Jett had to say uncle when her paired 2's were crushed by the pocket Q's of Charles Norris.

In the first hour, there were 75 busts that took place. They are dropping like flies. On their backs. Legs up.

2:03 PM
Shannon Shorr was part of a double elimination by Justin Tazelaar. With the first 4 cards being 3 K 10 3, Tazelaar moved all-in and was immediately called by Shorr. Shorr revealed pocket 10's for a full house (10's/3s), but Tazelaar showed pocket K's for a bigger full (K's/3's). Tazelaar moved up to 1.17 million chips and Shorr moved to the rail.

2:21 PM
Vanessa Selbst fell on a string of bad luck and evenutally busted out when the other player paired their Jacks. Jason Mercier soon followed as his move with A 10 was met by pocket A's which held to the end. Play is at level 18 with blinds at 4000/8000 and 1000 ante.

2:53 PM Crowd favorite Sammy Farha came to an end in the Main Event when his last 20,000 chips went in on A 2, but did not best the pocket 7's of Paul Varano.

3:11 PM
Evelyn Ng was eliminated after her open ended straight draw did not work out and Mark Gallagher won the balance of her chips with a pair of 9's. Jason Somerville shoved his last 300,000 on a flush draw that did not materialize and lost them to the two pair of Mads Wissing (J's and 5's).

4:07 PM
Dwyte Pilgrim was crushed out of the Main Event after his move with J Q met the two pair (K's and A's) of Jan Boye. The good natured Pilgrim thanked the table for a good game and went off to the cashier's cage. In a few minutes, the level will move up by 1 to level 19 with blinds at 5000/10000 and a 1000 ante. Player count is around 410.

4:27 PM
Steve Billirakis busted 3 players at once, with one of them being Feming Chan when his pocket J's turned into a full house on the flop (J's/A's). And Adam Schoenfeld departed after meeting the set of Aces belonging to Thomas Declerck, which overshadowed the paired Kings of Schoenfeld.

4:51 PM
Steven Burkholder moved all-in with 335,000 with A Q preflop and was called by the K 7 suited of John May. Another King came on the turn, sending Burkholder to the sidelines. Player count is 337.

5:39 PM
Here are the top 5 at this time:
  1. Matt Affleck -- 2,900,000
  2. Sanghyon Cheong -- 2,420,000
  3. Fokke Beukers -- 2,400,000
  4. Duy Le -- 2,400,000
  5. Robert Pisano -- 2,310,000
In all there are 62 players with over 1 million in chips. Player count is now 313.

6:18 PM
Hoyt Corkins was busted after going all-in with his last 200K with A K, but hit the pocket A's of Pavel Milaov. Milaov went up to 1.7 million after this hand. Jonathan Tamayo who finished 21st last year in the Main Event, busted this year as well. But he has cashed two consecutive years in a row.

7:00 PM
Dinner break until 8:30 PM. Play will resume at level 10 with blinds at 6,000/12,000 and ante of 2,000.

9:01 PM
Will Failla is no longer in the Main Event after his all-in with A 10 met the pocket A's of Jeffrey Chu. The dealer cards did not help either player, so that was all she wrote for Failla. Steve Billirakis was railbound after losing the rest of his chips to James Fennell who was victorious with a set of 2's. Right now there are 231 players remaining in the field.

9:46 PM
Top 5 players with chip counts are:
  1. Evan Lamprea -- 3,600,000
  2. Matt Affleck -- 3,400,000
  3. Theo Jorgensen -- 2,900,000
  4. Michael Skender -- 2,800,000
  5. Duy Le -- 2,700,000
10:32 PM
Pras Banzi just busted out of the event. His all-in move with A K suited was met by pocket 4's which held to the end. There are 220 players remaining in the field for Day 5. Tournament officials have decided to call it a night. Play will resume tomorrow at level 21 with blinds at 8,000/16,000 and a 2,000 ante.

Top 50 Finishers for Day 5:
  1. Evan Lamprea -- 3,564,000
  2. Michael Skender -- 3,527,000
  3. Joseph Cheong -- 3,357,000
  4. Duy Le -- 3,186,000
  5. Theo Jorgensen -- 3,088,000
  6. Bryn Kenney -- 2,902,000
  7. Matt Affleck -- 2,896,000
  8. Alexander Kostritsyn -- 2,564,000
  9. Johnny Chan -- 2,559,000
  10. Sebastian Panny -- 2,442,000
  11. Evgeny Shnayder -- 2,433,000
  12. Josh Brikis -- 2,306,000
  13. Ryan Eriquezzo -- 2,283,000
  14. Fokke Beukers -- 2,273,000
  15. John Racener -- 2,270,000
  16. Cuong Nguyen -- 2,200,000
  17. Robert Pisano -- 2,185,000
  18. Benjamin Statz -- 2,154,000
  19. Eduardo Parras -- 2,119,000
  20. James Fennell -- 2,011,000
  21. Randy Dorfman -- 1,928,000
  22. James Carroll -- 1,892,000
  23. Martijn Schirp -- 1,890,000
  24. Richard Morgan -- 1,875,000
  25. Josue Sauvageau -- 1,866,000
  26. Habib Khanis -- 1,865,000
  27. Pierre Canali -- 1,827,000
  28. John May -- 1,805,000
  29. Dag Palovic -- 1,796,000
  30. Michael Mizrachi -- 1,793,000
  31. Jonathan Driscoll -- 1,757,000
  32. Michiel Sijpkens -- 1,751,000
  33. Matthew Berkey -- 1,750,000
  34. Pejmanpatric Eskandar -- 1,750,000
  35. Damien Luis -- 1,736,000
  36. Gabriel Alarie -- 1,727,000
  37. Daniel Chamberlain -- 1,645,000
  38. Manuel Davidian -- 1,645,000
  39. Matthew Bucaric -- 1,630,000
  40. Johnny Lodden -- 1,625,000
  41. Ian Gordon -- 1,607,000
  42. William Thorson -- 1,607,000
  43. Gary Dishongh -- 1,588,000
  44. Rudy Miller -- 1,563,000
  45. Scott Clements -- 1,535,000
  46. Peter Jetten -- 1,495,000
  47. Javier Martinez -- 1,494,000
  48. Arie Kliper -- 1,488,000
  49. Jeff Banghart -- 1,475,000
  50. Ronnie Bardah -- 1,475,000