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Event #67: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event World Championship

Aldemir Leads, Chidwick and Kornuth in Contention After Day 5 of the 2021 WSOP Main Event

connorrichards • Level 25: 30,000-60,000, 60,000 ante
Koray Aldemir

Germany's Koray Aldemir leads 96 players heading into Day 6 of Event #67: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event Championship at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino as part of the 2021 World Series of Poker. Day 5 began with 292 players looking for Main Event glory and wrapped up after ten hours of play, with Aldemir bagging the chip lead with a stack of 14,325,000.

The German high roller, who has over $3 million in WSOP lifetime earning and is after his first bracelet, leads other big stacks Ramon Colillas (12,000,000), Jonathan Dwek (10,125,000) and Zachary Mcdiarmid (9,700,000). All of them are also on the hunt for a first bracelet.

2021 WSOP Main Event Top 10 Counts Day 5

PositionPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Koray AldemirGermany14,325,000179
2Ramon ColillasSpain12,000,000150
3Jonathan DwekCanada10,125,000127
4Zachary McdiarmidUnited States9,700,000121
5Jesse LonisUnited States8,995,000112
6Roongsak GriffethUnited States8,925,000112
7Andreas KniepGermany8,515,000106
8Tonio RöderGermany8,000,000100
9Alejandro LococoArgentina7,805,00098
10Stephen GerberUnited States7,700,00096

Argentina's Alejandro Lococo will return ninth in chips on Day 6 with 7,805,000 and finds himself in prime contention to make a splash in this event. Better known under his alias "Papo MC", Lococo is a famous rapper in Argentina with over 800,000 followers on Twitter alone.

The eyes of the LATAM world will be firmly squared on the PokerStars Ambassador, who could follow up in Damian Salas' footsteps for an Argentinian back-to-back victory in this event.

GGPoker and ClubGG Online Qualifiers

PositionPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
18Roman HrabecCzech Republic6,320,00079
22Abhinav IyerIndia5,850,00073
44Vasu AmarapuUnited States3,960,00050
50Sean RagozziniAustralia3,310,00041
59Raul ManzanaresSpain2,945,00037
60Shai ArbelIsrael2,880,00036
96Niko KoopGermany250,0003

Day 5 Action

A few of poker’s biggest stars survived the day, including one-time bracelet winner Stephen Chidwick, who ended the day with 3,710,000 in chips after doubling late in the evening with ace-jack against the ace-king of George Holmes. Other big names still in contention include Chance Kornuth (5,920,000), Stephen Song (2,765,000) and Yuri Dzivielevski (2,030,000).

Stephen Chidwick
Stephen Chidwick

Pennsylvania grinder Nicholas Rigby made quite a stir on social media from the main feature table with his unorthodox playing style, best demonstrated in two separate hands where he got involved in big pots against all-in opponents while holding deuce-three.

"Rigby is like Happy Gilmore! Everyone loves Happy Gilmore. Everyone loves Rigby. Rigby! Rigby!" a member of Rigby's rail shouted toward the end of the night. "Give him a sponsorship!"

Rigby's play worked in his favor, and he ended the day with a stack of 5,212,000.

Also of note, two women are among the 96 players remaining in the World Championship: Dragana Lim, who bagged 5,555,000 chips, and Fatima Nanji, who bagged 935,000.

Last, but certainly not least, businessman John Morgan (2,600,000) will have its fair share of people rooting for him tomorrow. Morgan, the former CEO of Winmark, is a passionate poker enthusiast and has dabbled in some of the highest-stakes action on the planet. He competed in two Big One for One Drops with a buy-in of $1M, in which he played one of the craziest hands ever live reported where he made his opponent lay down quads.

John Morgan
John Morgan will be back on Day 6

A New World Champion Will Emerge

Chris Moneymaker and Qui Nguyen were both looking to defend their Main Event titles but came up short on Day 5. Nguyen, the 2016 Main Event champion, outlasted the 2003 champ but was eliminated when he moved in with ace-queen and couldn't pull ahead of the pocket eights of Jesse Lonis, who ended the day with 8,995,000 chips.

Other notable players who made it to the fifth day of play but weren’t fortunate enough to survive to see Day 6 included Jason Koon, Matt Berkey, Marle Spragg, Conrad Simpson, Ken Aldridge and Joey Weissman.

Chris Moneymaker
Chris Moneymaker's deep run ended on Day 5.

Day 6 of the WSOP flagship event begins on Sunday, Nov. 14 at noon Pacific Time, kicking off with Level 26 with blinds at 40,000/80,000/80,000.

Stay tuned as the PokerNews live reporting team will be back tomorrow with continued coverage leading up to the crowning of the eventual 2021 Main Event champion.

Tags: Chance KornuthChris MoneymakerConrad SimpsonGeorge HolmesHaralabos VoulgarisJason KoonJesse LonisJoey WeissmanJonathan DwekKen AldridgeKoray AldemirMarle SpraggMatt BerkeyNicholas RigbyNiko KoopQui NguyenRamon ColillasRaul ManzanaresRoman HrabecRoongsak GriffethSean RagozziniShai ArbelStephen ChidwickStephen GerberStephen SongVasu AmarapuYuri DzivielevskiZachary Mcdiarmid