What To Watch For, WSOP Main Event Day 6: One Former N9er, Five Germans, and One Woman
Monday at 12 p.m. local time in Las Vegas, the sun will be blazing high in the sky, but it's the action buried deep in the Amazon Room of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino that will have people sweating. It's Day 6 of the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event, and there are just 69 players remaining from the starting field of 6,420.
Despite the field getting smaller and smaller as play lumbers on, the stories only seem to increase. For the fourth day in a row, PokerNews is here to give you a look at some of our top things to follow, but don't forget to check back on the other stories that have been building from Day 3, Day 4, and Day 5.
Can Matt Jarvis Return to the November Nine?
In 2010, when Jonathan Duhamel so famously won the WSOP Main Event, Matt Jarvis was there at the final table. Jarvis' run came to an end in eighth place for $1,045,743, but he's still very much in the hunt to return to poker's greatest stage five years later.
Not only is Jarvis still alive in the final 69, but he's doing very well with the seventh-ranked stack of 5.25 million. His positioning is eerily similar to where he entered Day 6 back in 2010. Then, Jarvis had 6.125 million in chips and was sixth out of the remaining 77 players. That day, Jarvis went on to climb to 13.3 million to finish fifth out of the final 27 players, and that's something he'll be looking to copy here in 2015.
Bruce Peery, the Man Who Missed Out On $1.25 Million
The name Bruce Peery may not ring a bell, but he has a very, very interesting story. As told in When We Held Kings by Eric Raskin on Grantland, Peery was the man who convinced Chris Moneymaker to win his seat to the 2003 WSOP Main Event instead of taking fourth place and the $8,000 cash prize. Peery told Moneymaker at the time that he would buy half of his action for $5,000, but later backed out after Moneymaker had won the seat.
As the story goes, Moneymaker went on to win the event for $2.5 million, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Now, Peery has advanced to Day 6 with 2.4 million in chips. Had he kept the 50 percent stake in Moneymaker, Peery would have scooped up $1.25 million. Right now, he's already guaranteed $96,445, but has the chance at much, much more.
Ze Germans Are Coming
Don't look now, but the Germans are making a big charge into Day 6 of the WSOP Main Event. Of the 69 remaining players, there are five Germans remaining — or more than seven percent of the field. Amongst them, they have a combined 11.7 million in chips, which is good enough for over six percent of the total chips in play.
The German players remaining are Anton Morgenstern with 4.2 million (17th), Kilian Kramer with 2.335 million (36th), Hans Joaquim Hein with 2.025 million (41st), Fedor Holz with 1.945 million (44th), and Alexander Turyansky with 1.195 million (58th).
Morgenstern and Holz are the two most notable from that group. Morgenstern famously took 20th in 2013 after entering Day 7 with a big chip lead, and Holz is the 21-year-old new kid on the block at the WSOP.
Kelly Minkin Is the Last Woman Standing
Every year, more and more women get involved in the poker action at the WSOP. This year felt no different, and there is still one of them remaining in the 2015 WSOP Main Event. That woman is Kelly Minkin.
The run by Minkin is the continuation of the great year she is having, already having earned $360,000 on the live felt. Her big score came in February when she took third in the World Poker Tour Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship for $262,912.
Although Minkin told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that she likes to stay out of the spotlight, her play is doing the exact opposite as it's gotten her this far and she's been vaulted into the eyes of many. Entering Day 6, Minkin has 2.145 million in chips and ranks 37th out of the remaining 69 players.