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Event #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship

A New World Champion Will Emerge; 354 Left in Contention on Day 5 of 2019 WSOP Main Event

Three-time Super Bowl winner Richard Seymour made it to Day 5

Over the course of three starting days, two Day 2s, and two more full days following that, a field 8,569 players in the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event has been whittled down to its last 354 hopefuls. Making it to Day 5 of the richest poker tournament on the planet has already guaranteed everyone $34,845, but with the stakes at its highest, the battle for a spot among the final nine and a payday of at least $1,000,000 and, ultimately, the top prize of $10,000,000, is just beginning.

One thing is for certain, there will be a new world champion of poker crowned when all is said and done. Yesterday, the three former world champions left - Chris Moneymaker, Qui Nguyen, and Johnny Chan - were all eliminated, paving the way for a new player to claim poker's most coveted prize.

The one currently holds the lead in the race for that distinctive honor is 888poker Qualifier Dean Morrone, who bagged 4,980,000, over 200 big blinds, on Day 4. The Canadian is followed by Lars Bonding (4,040,0000) of Denmark, Michael Messick (3,925,000) of the United States, and Warwick Mirzikinian (3,900,000) of Australia to make it an international affair at the top. Danish players appear once more in the top 10, as super high roller Henrik Hecklen (3,862,000) rounds out the top five.

Antonio Esfandari
Antonio Esfandiari will be in action on Day 5 of the 2019 WSOP Main Event

Plenty of notables will be back in action on Day 5 as well, with Andrew Brokos returning with a top 10 stack for the third day in a row with 3,518,000. Others such as Preben Stokkan (2,900,000), former New England Patriots defensive lineman and three-time Super Bowl winner Richard Seymour (2,750,000, lead photo), Big One for One Drop champ and poker icon Antonio Esfandiari (2,583,000), Craig McCorkell (2,580,000), the son of 2005 World Champion Joe Hachem Daniel Hachem (2,450,000), Romain Lewis (2,368,000), and Dario Sammartino (2,302,000) are all still hoping that this year is 'their' year.

Todd Brunson (1,151,000), Mike Matusow (726,000), and 2013 WSOP Main Event runner-up Jay Farber (436,000) will also be back on Day 5, while Allen Kessler, who finally got the monkey off his back by making his first-ever cash in sixteen WSOP Main Events (after cashing last year's WSOPE Main Event as well), will return as one of the shortest stacks in the room with 240,000 in chips.

Top 10 Chip Counts After 2019 WSOP Main Event Day 4

#PlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Dean MorroneCanada4,980,000208
2Lars BondingDenmark4,040,000168
3Michael MessickUnited States3,925,000164
4Warwick MirzikinianAustralia3,900,000163
5Henrik HecklenDenmark3,862,000161
6Mihai ManoleRomania3,781,000158
7Robert HeidornUnited Kingdom3,700,000154
8Sean MillsUnited Kingdom3,692,000154
9Christopher WynkoopUnited States3,563,700148
10Andrew BrokosUnited States3,518,000147

Day 5 Schedule

The plan for Day 5 allows for 5 to 6 levels to be played and will be decided as play progresses throughout the day, making several parts of the following schedule TBD. Cards will be back in the air at noon in Level 21, with blinds at 12,000/24,000, and there will be a 75-minute break at 3:15 p.m., which is approximately 55 minutes into Level 22. There will also be a 30-minute break 90 minutes into Level 23.

Live streaming on ESPN will be from 5-8 p.m. and on ESPN2 from 8:30-11 p.m.

LevelDurationSmall BlindBig BlindAnte
21120 minutes12,00024,00024,000
 15/20-minute break   
2255 minutes15,00030,00030,000
 75-minute break   
2265 minutes15,00030,00030,000
 15/20-minute break (TBD)   
2390 minutes20,00040,00040,000
 30-minute break   
2330 minutes20,00040,00040,000
24120 minutes25,00050,00050,000
 15/20-minute break (TBD)   
25120 minutes30,00060,00060,000
 15/20-minute break (TBD)   

The 2019 WSOP Main Event in Numbers

DayPlayers StartingPlayers Late ReggingPlayers Total for DayPlayers Total CumulativePlayers Surviving


The 354 remaining players have all guaranteed themselves at least $34,845 for their efforts. Here's what's being paid out today and in the upcoming days. The new world champion, crowned on Tuesday, July 16, will walk away $10 million richer.


The PokerNews live reporting team will be swinging right back into the action in the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada very soon, so make sure to check back regularly for updates from Day 5 of the 2019 WSOP Main Event.

Tags: Allen KesslerAndrew BrokosAntonio EsfandiariChris MoneymakerCraig McCorkellDaniel HachemDario SammartinoHenrik HecklenJay FarberJoe HachemJohnny ChanLars BondingMichael MessickMike MatusowPreben StokkanQui NguyenRichard SeymourRomain LewisTodd BrunsonWarwick Mirzikinian