2006 World Series of Poker Main Event Day 4

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2006 World Series of Poker
Main Event Day 4

Yesterday was a happy day as a lot of hard work at the tables and long hours were rewarded as the money payouts began. 140 bustouts occurred in 15 min after player 874 went out. The Main Event had to be shut down momentarily because the payout line was so long. Lots of action still took place as tournament officials allowed play to go on way past the goal of 600 from the 1159 who started out yesterday.

Today on Day 4, the 481 that are left will continue to see how far their skill and luck will take them in the quest to become the winner of the Main Event. Below are the finishing numbers for each day:
  • Day 1A: 781 players left
  • Day 1B: 856 players left
  • Day 1C: 861 players left
  • Day 1D: 875 players left
  • Day 2A (1A and 1B): 561 players left
  • Day 2B (1C and 1D): 598 players left
  • Day 3: 481 players survived
11:48 p.m. Today's goal is to play down to 300, but with the fact that we are now numbering 481 players leaves the door open to playing below 300. Action will get underway at noon.

12:05 p.m. The cards are being dealt as this day has been officially started. Play is now at level 16 with blinds at $2,000/$4,000 and a $500 ante.

1:04 p.m. Cyndy Violette survived an all in move to double her chips up to $51,000. Humberto Brenes is also doing good...well kind of. Mr. Brenes has just told everyone that he doesn't do any of the betting on his hands. His "card protector" does it all for him. If you ever wondered how much stress the Main Event can produce, now you know. Susie Isaacs holding pocket 8's didn't survive an all in move against Eric Molina's pocket K's and has left in 424th position.

2:15 p.m. Things are really moving fast with the player count down to 376. Most recently Hoyt Corkins busted out of the tournament in 364th place. He was joined by Tom McEvoy in 371st, Alan Sass at 391st, Allyn Jaffrey Shulman in 396th, Cyndy Violette in 400th position and Ted Forrest in 408th. But with the bustouts there are huge stack increases for other players. Alex Balandin is the new chip leader with 950,000. He is followed by David Woo with 886,800 chips, Rick Mombourquette having 705,000, Mark Petersen with 700,000 and Albert Padilla with 640,000 to round out the top 5.

4:01 p.m. Play is now on level 17 with blinds at 2500/5000 and a 500 ante. Number of players at the tables would be 298. Latest eliminations are Aaron Clark, James Crowshaw and Surinder Sunar. Kyle Bowker has reached $1,115,000 in chips. He is followed by Dmitri Nobles with 890,000 and David Woo having 870,000. Dmitri did suffer big losses on a few hands and was down as low as $170,000 but has obvioiusly worked his way back up. Joseph Hachem is still in there with 215,000 chips.

5:12 p.m. Table action has been moved to level 18 with blinds at 3000/6000 with a 1000 ante. William Thorsson is the 2nd player to reach over the 1 million mark with 1,150,000 in chips. On the other end of the scale, Daniel Negreanu has 99,000, Kathy Liebert has 40,000, Casey Kastle has 180,000, Allen Cunningham has 280,000 and Ted Lawson has 230,000.

6:30 p.m. 252 players are now left at the tables. Paul Sexton has just been busted out of this tournament. He is followed by Akshay Kumar, Elie Said, Joe Fuhriman and Kathy Liebert. We now have 6 players over 1 million in chips with Alex Balandin in the lead with 1,350,000. An additional 5 are over the 900,000 mark.

8:40 p.m. 214 players are now back from dinner break. Daniel Negreanu was recently busted and left in 229th place when his Qh 10h could not hold up to Michael Woo's Kc Jc after Woo hit another Jack from the table cards. 2005 WSOP Main Event champ Joe Hachem also was eliminated in 238th. Hachem went all in holding pocket A's which were cracked by another opponent who held pocket J's and hit another Jack during the hand. They were joined by Sean Le and Rob Lederer.

9:28 p.m. 202 players grace the tables at the Main Event. Action is now taking place at level 19. Blinds are at 4000/8000 with an 1000 ante. Chip leader is now Jamie Gold with 1,670,000 in his stack. There are 10 players who are over 1 million in chips, and two of those 10 which are Luke Chung with 1,040,000 chips and Matt Wilson with 1,000,000 chips, qualified online at Full Tilt Poker.

10:13 p.m. We are now down to 174 players. This raises an interesting question because the next day was structured to have the 300 play down to 150. Because chances are good that they will reach 150, we don't know if they will take a day off or cut out a day. Whatever is decided, we'll post it for you. Jamie Gold has rocket boosters on his chip stack. It now numbers $2,700,000 in size. Allen Cunningham lost a big hand and is now down to $85,000.

11:35 p.m. 156 players are left in the Main Event. Play is now at level 20 with blinds at 5000/10000 with a 1000 ante. Some of the busts that have taken place include Whitney Blanton who has done well this tournament and Jason Strasser. Jamie Gold is running away from the field with a monster stack of $3,080,000 and has shown no signs of slowing down. The closest player to Jamie is Michael Binger with 1,690,000 in chips.

1:02 a.m. 138 contestants at the tables still slugging it out. Whitney Brayton in a commendable performance left the Main Event in 142nd place receiving $47,006 for his efforts. He is joined by David Chiu, Mike Hwang and Albert Padilla. Jamie Gold is up to $3,500,000 in chips. Closest one to him is Kyle Bowker with 1,950,000.

1:30 a.m. The tournament has been ended for today and the remaining 135 will resume play tomorrow at noon. Below are the top 50 players and their chip counts:
  1. Jamie Gold -- $3,700,000
  2. Max Reele -- $2,358,000
  3. Jim Routos -- $2,279,000
  4. Kyle Bowker -- $2,272,600
  5. Michael Binger -- $1,889,000
  6. Prahlad Friedman -- $1,558,000
  7. Ricki Nielsen -- $1,388,000
  8. Kevin Aaronson -- $1,354,000
  9. Weikai Chang -- $1,343,000
  10. Noah Siegel -- $1,283,000
  11. Brian Hansen -- $1,273,000
  12. Luke Chung -- $1,271,000
  13. Dmitri Nobles -- $1,252,000
  14. John Ma -- $1,250,000
  15. Jeffrey Lisandro -- $1,208,000
  16. Dustin Holmes -- $1,176,000
  17. Eric Lynch -- $1,085,000
  18. Richardo Vecasso -- $1,050,000
  19. Mark Garner -- $1,048,000
  20. Chris Damich -- $1,039,000
  21. Richard Gryko -- $994,000
  22. Dan Abouaf -- $992,000
  23. David Murray -- $991,000
  24. Douglas Kim -- $939,000
  25. Lee Kort -- $936,000
  26. Annie Duke -- $919,000
  27. Cuong Do -- $914,000
  28. Rick Mombourquetti -- $911,000
  29. Ken Jacobs -- $896,000
  30. Thomas Wahlroos -- $884,000
  31. Cheng Yu -- $876,000
  32. Matt Wilson -- $860,000
  33. Tyler Teague -- $860,000
  34. Andrew Schreibman -- $855,000
  35. Humberto Brenes -- $835,000
  36. Tony Moretina -- $817,000
  37. Brady Shepard -- $808,000
  38. Fred Goldberg -- $791,000
  39. Kevin Odonnell -- $789,000
  40. Lasse Ubostad -- $782,000
  41. Clint Brotherton -- $760,000
  42. Alan Resh -- $709,000
  43. Chris Keay -- $708,000
  44. Dan Nassif -- $702,000
  45. Alex Balandin -- $681,000
  46. Mitch Schock -- $674,000
  47. Erik Friberg -- $650,000
  48. Paul Raeburn -- $646,000
  49. Pat Dattilo -- $638,000
  50. John Magill -- $636,000
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