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Event #42 No Limit Texas Hold'em World Championship July 14 Day 6
The goal of the day is to go from 27 players to 9 for the final table which will take place on Friday at 12:00 noon. PokerStars.com is hoping that they can lay claim to producing this year's WSOP champ as they did in 2003 and 2004. They have 4 entrants left from the original 1116, one of which is 2004 champ Greg Raymer. Greg Raymer's chip stack went up and down, but he was basically in command of what he was doing and when he did it. It never is an easy feat by any means to get to the final table, but with Phil Ivey, Mike Matusow and the other players at the Horseshoe today representing the top 1/2% of all Main Event entrants, Raymer has his work cut out for him.

UPDATE 4:01 p.m.
Not even 10 minutes into play and Mike drops an "f-bomb" and is given a 10 min penalty by the tournament director who also issued the same to Shawn Sheikhan. Evidently he and Mike got into an argument behind Shawn's discussion with the crowd about a hand that he (Shawn) decided to fold. Also, the first elimination of the day is Per Hildebrand 27th place receiving $304,680.

UPDATE 5:10 p.m.
Greg Raymer got crippled by a couple of bad losses and is down to 400,000 chips. Phil Ivey is at 2,815,000, Aaron Kanter at 3,780,000 and Tom Santori gone in 26th Place ($304,680). Harrah's has stated all eliminated players have to go back to the RIO! to pick up their winnings. But Harrah's has also provided a limo to take the players back to the RIO!

UPDATE 5:50 p.m.
Greg Raymer was eliminated in 25th Place ($304,680) by Ayhan Alsancak. What happened is that Raymer went all in with Ac 9h and Ayhan called holding 5d 5c. The dealer put on the table Kh Kc 7c, turn card was Kd. Raymer needed a 9, A, 7 or and K to stay in the tournament. The river card was a 2s which ended Raymer's bid for a second title. The crowd stood and clapped and cheered while Raymer left the table. Tim Phan also went out in 24th place ($304,680). While all this is going on, Mike Matusow wins a huge 1.5 million pot increasing his stack to over 6,000,000.

UPDATE 7:10 p.m.
The top 3 players at this point are Mike Matusow with 7,050,000 chips, Steve Dannenmann with 6,000,000 and Tex Barch with 5,500,000. And the eliminations continue with Bryant King 21st ($304,680), Tommy Vu 22nd ($304,680) and Joe Connor 24th ($304,680). Dinner break will take until 8:30 p.m.

UPDATE 8:42 p.m.
Chip counts and player rankings have changed. Top 3 are Aaron Kanter with 6,725,000, Daniel Bergsdorf with 6,500,000 and Joseph Hachem having 6,500,000. The list of contenders has shortened by 2, Phil Ivey is out in 20th place ($304,680) and Minh Ly gone in 19th place ($304,680).

UPDATE 9:55 p.m.
Aaron Kanter just won a huge pot increasing his chip "stacks" to 8,100,000. Andrew Black has 6,900,000, Joseph Hachem has 6,200,000, Daniel Bergsdorf now has 6,000,000 and Mike Matusow is at 5,050,000. Raises of 500,000 to 1,000,000 are now commonplace at the tables. We are down to 14 players now with the following not in the tournament any more. Tiffany Williamson 15th Place ($450,000), Johnny Howard 16th Place ($350,000), Michael Kessler 17th Place ($350,000) and John McGrane 18th Place ($350,000). When Tiffany rose to leave her table, Tournament Director Johnny Grooms stated that Tiffany solidified her place in WSOP history by earning more money than any other woman in the Main Event. The 14 have been split into groups of 7 and are placed at two tables.

UPDATE 11:02 p.m.
Bernard Lee 13th $400,000 and Oskar Silow 14th $400,000 were both eliminated which brings the number at the tables to 12. Blinds are at 40,000/80,000 with 10,000 ante. The top 3 are now with chip counts, Aaron Kanter with 9,650,000, Joseph Hachem with 6,800,000 and Andrew Black with 6,600,000. As far as getting a return on investment John McGrane made it here to play in the Main Event for only $11.00 qualifying at an online poker room on the Internet. Daniel Bergsdorf spent $33 at PokerStars.com. The worst Daniel can receive at this point is $600,000. Not bad!

UPDATE 3:00 a.m.
Connor Tate has gone out in 12th place $600,000, Shawn Sheikhan gone in 11th place $600,000 and Ayhan Alsancak in 10th place $600,000. We now have the final table players for the Main Event. Will post official results once they are released.

Day 6 began with 27 players slugging it out to see who would make the final table. Anyone who made it to the Horseshoe would receive over $300,000 but making this final table would guarantee those individuals will no less than $1,000,000. Plus, instead of receiving a gold bracelet an extremely beautiful diamond studded bracelet is the top prize, besides the $7,500,000. A lot of cautious and careful players would end up having to take chances they normally would not make as the elimination process had to be completed today. From 3:00 p.m. until 3:00 a.m. there were a lot of surprises. Greg Raymer had his stack gouged which led to his leaving the tournament in 25th place, ($304,680), and a bid to claim another WSOP title. Tiffany Williamson went out in 15th Place $450,000, but not before claiming a WSOP record of making more money than any other woman in the Main Event. One by one, players left the Horseshoe, got into a limo provided by Harrah's and went to the RIO! to pick up their cash. Others who were more fortunate saw their chip piles go up sometimes over 1,000,000 per hand. Mike Matusow who had 5 mil on Day 5, went up to over 7 mil. Aaron Kanter at one point had his chips over 12,000,000 before coming down to his 10,700,000.

PokerStars.com who has produced the 2003 and 2004 winners, has two at the final table from their original 1116. They are Daniel Bergsdorf and Brad Kondracki. Incidentally Daniel Bergsdorf spent $33 at PokerStars to qualify for the Main Event. Aaron Kanter and Andrew Black earned their seats through PartyPoker.com. For their efforts, each has become a guaranteed instant millionaire. The Main Event final table will begin at 4:00 p.m. due to last night's late finish. Here are the final table players with official chip counts:
  • #1 Aaron Kanter -- 10,700,000
  • #2 John Barch -- 9,330,000
  • #3 Andrew Black -- 8,140,000
  • #4 Mike Matusow -- 7,410,000
  • #5 Steven Dannenmann -- 5,460,000
  • #6 Joseph Hachem -- 5,420,000
  • #7 Daniel Bergsdorf -- 5,270,000
  • #8 Scott Lazar -- 3,370,000
  • #9 Brad Kondracki -- 1,180,000
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