WSOP Day 41: Minkin Making Another Main Event Run, Solomon Leads PLO
The suspense is building in the $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT which is now well into the money as players come back today for Day 5 with Barry Hutter currently leading the 310 who remain.
Meanwhile the side events continue. Day 2 of Event #69: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed gets going today where Jarred Solomon leads the returners and Dominik Nitsche has a big stack. Also on tap today are the third and final starting flight of Event #68: The Little One for One Drop - $1,000 +111 No-Limit Hold'em and the start of Event #70: $3,000 Limit Hold'em 6-Handed.
After four days of play, just 310 players are left with a shot at the title of poker's world champion and the $8.8 million first-place prize that goes with it.
From the 7,874-player starting field 1,182 players returned for yesterday's Day 4, all guaranteed at least a $15,000 min-cash after the bubble burst to conclude play on Saturday. When they stopped last night the last cashers had each earned $37,705 and just 310 were left, with Barry Hutter topping the counts with 5,597,000.
Hutter is followed by Alexander Haro (5,031,000), Brian Altman (4,861,000), Andres Jeckeln (4,506,000), and Hari Bercovici at the top of the leaderboard, with last year's 29th-place finisher Kelly Minkin just outside the top five with a stack of 3,459,000.
Shannon Shorr (3,243,000), Brian Yoon (3,228,000), and 2017 WSOP Main Event third-place finisher Benjamin Pollak (2,765,000) are among the notables returning to big stacks today, as are James Obst (2,560,000), James Akenhead (2,187,000), and Shaun Deeb (2,175,000).
Just one former Main Event champion is left in the field, 2009 winner Joe Cada (559,000). The chip average to start today is 1.27 million.
Play starts back up at 11 a.m. today. Check back to PokerNews for continuous coverage of the Main Event and to follow all the live updates.
The second of three Day 1 flights of this one played out yesterday, attracting another 1,268 entries to go along with 947 from Saturday's Day 1a.
From Day 1a there were 194 players making it through with John Utley's 159,800 setting the pace at that point. Day 1b saw 252 players survive and advance, with Jon Sataoen bagging a leading stack of 166,200.
From Day 1a there were several notables making it through, including Kenny Hallaert (131,900), Phil Laak (118,300), and Calvin Anderson (117,300). Day 1b then saw Kevin MacPhee (126,800), Kyle Keranen (118,600), and Chris Ferguson (111,300) also position themselves well for Tuesday's Day 2.
Today the last of the three Day 1 flights with players once more playing 10 one-hour levels. Players start with 5,000 starting chips and can earn an extra 5,000 for a $111 donation to the One Drop Foundation charity. Late registration and unlimited re-entries are available through the first eight levels (until around 9:15 p.m.).
We'll see today how many more join the 2,215 entries so far and just how big the Event #68 prize pool will be. Last year the Little One for One Drop drew 4,391 entries, making for a total prize pool of $3,951,900.
PokerNews will have you covered with all the live updates once play starts up at 12 noon. Check back here as the final Day 1 flight plays out.
Yesterday saw a 901-entry field whittled down to 202 survivors during Day 1 of this one, with Jarred Solomon ending the night having accumulated the most chips with 286,000.
Dominik Nitsche is currently Solomon's nearest challenger with 220,200, with Romain Lewis third currently with 215,700. Max Silver (187,000), Joao Simao (158,200), and Nacho Barbaro (154,500) will also be coming back to big stacks today when play resumes.
When that happens, PokerNews will be there, of course. Stay tuned here for all the big hands when play restarts at 2 p.m.
Event #70: $3,000 Limit Hold'em 6-Handed
The 70th event on the WSOP schedule offers some short-handed fixed-limit hold'em at a mid-range price. Players begin with 15,000 chips, will play 10 one-hour levels today with 15-minute breaks after every two levels and late registration available through Level 8 (i.e., until around 12:00 a.m.). Players also have one re-entry available to them until late registration closes.
Max Silver won this event a year ago, topping a field of 256 to win the top prize of $172,645 and his first career WSOP bracelet, but he may miss defending his title since he bagged big in the $3,000 PLO 6-max.
Check back here at PokerNews for all the live updates when the cards get in the air at 3 p.m.
In this Series
- 1 WSOP Day 1: It’s Showtime – with Casino Employees Championship and $10K Super Turbo
- 2 WSOP Day 2: Jodie Sanders Leads Casino Employees Event; Shootout & Omaha Hi/Lo on Tap
- 3 WSOP Day 3: Hellmuth, McKeehen, Cada Advance to Final 50 in Shootout
- 4 WSOP Day 4: Joe's Ready for Shootout Final Table, $100K Day 2 Awaits
- 5 WSOP Day 5: Petrangelo & Fox Lead $100K, Martini & Hoang Chasing Gold
- 6 WSOP Day 6: Vitch leads Triple Draw, Hellmuth Makes Day 2 in Omaha-8
- 7 WSOP Day 7: Elezra Leads $10K Omaha Hi-Lo, Hennigan Ahead in Dealer’s Choice
- 8 WSOP Day 8: Eli Elezra Seeks Fourth Bracelet Today in $10K Omaha Hi-Lo
- 9 WSOP Day 9: Racener, Deeb at Final Tables, Hellmuth Advances in H.O.R.S.E.
- 10 WSOP Day 10: Bonomo Looking for $10K Heads-Up Title, Negreanu Advances
- 11 WSOP Day 11: Bonomo Among Leaders in $5K NLHE, Zinno Leads Dealer's Choice
- 12 WSOP Day 12: Duhamel Looks for 4th Bracelet, Negreanu Advances to Day 2
- 13 WSOP Day 13: Negreanu, Matusow, Racener in Final 16 of 8-Game Mix
- 14 WSOP Day 14: Doyle Brunson Returns Looking for Bracelet #11
- 15 WSOP Day 15: Joe McKeehen Runs Deep in MILLIONAIRE MAKER
- 16 WSOP Day 16: Martin Jacobson, Scotty Nguyen Playing Deep in MARATHON
- 17 WSOP Day 17: Jason Mercier, Martin Jacobson Looking to Add Bracelets
- 18 WSOP Day 18: Glaser, Matusow, Negreanu, Bonomo Advance in PPC
- 19 WSOP Day 19: Michael Mizrachi, Phil Ivey Lead Poker Players Championship
- 20 WSOP Day 20: Mizrachi Leads Final 12 in $50K PPC, Ivey Still in Hunt
- 21 WSOP Day 21: Michael Mizrachi Aims for Third $50K PPC Title, 6 Remain
- 22 WSOP Day 22: Phil Hellmuth Advances in $1,500 NLHE Shootout
- 23 WSOP Day 23: Daniel Negreanu Returns Third in Chips in $25K PLO HR
- 24 WSOP Day 24: Yu Leads Biggest Omaha Tournament of Year, Negreanu Falls
- 25 WSOP Day 25: Scotty Nguyen Leads the $25K PLO
- 26 WSOP Day 26: Ferguson Looks for No. 7; Lamb, Mizrachi Advance in $10K PLO
- 27 WSOP Day 27: Hellmuth Advances in Razz, Big Names in Monster Stack
- 28 WSOP Day 28: Brandon Shack-Harris Leads Final 6 in $10K PLO
- 29 WSOP Day 29: Elezra, Hellmuth, Negreanu Return in $1,500 PLO Hi-Lo
- 30 WSOP Day 30: Gamble, Matusow, Negreanu in $1,500 PLO Hi-Lo Final 20
- 31 WSOP Day 31: John Hennigan Among Chip Leaders in $10,000 Razz Championship
- 32 WSOP Day 32: Anderson and Kassela Return to Battle for RAZZ Bracelet
- 33 WSOP Day 33: Jean-Robert Bellande Leads Final 6 in $5K NLHE 6-Handed
- 34 WSOP Day 34: Main Event Kicks Off, Mizrachi Leads PLO Giant
- 35 WSOP Day 35: Scotty Nguyen, Joe Hachem, Ray Romano Advance in Main Event
- 36 WSOP Day 36: Fireworks Expected on Day 1c of the Main Event
- 37 WSOP Day 37: Galen Hall Looks for 888 Title, Big Names Return in Main Event
- 38 WSOP Day 38: Huge Day 2c in the Main, John Pannucci Leads $1,500 NLH
- 39 WSOP Day 39: Tan Leads $1,500 NLHE; Hellmuth, Ivey Back for Main Day 3
- 40 WSOP Day 40: Hallaert Bags Big in Little One, Ivey Makes Day 4 of ME
- 41 WSOP Day 41: Minkin Making Another Main Event Run, Solomon Leads PLO
- 42 WSOP Day 42: Dyer Leads Main With Cada Still In, Bohlman Goes for Double
- 43 WSOP Day 43: Big Names Left in $5K NLHE, Cada Advances in Main Event
- 44 WSOP Day 44: Three More Bracelets Awarded As Main Event Finale Begins
- 45 WSOP Day 45: Volpe Seeks Bracelet, Dyer Leads Final 6 and Cada in Main
- 46 WSOP Day 46: Main Event Reaches Finale, Eibinger Leads $50K High Roller
- 47 WSOP Day 47: Big One for One Drop Begins, Kessler, ElkY Big Stacks in Closer