Event #70: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event World Championship
Event #70: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event World Championship
Day 5 Completed

Lococo Bags Big After Six-Bet Bluff on Day 5 of Main Event World Championship

will_shill • Level 26: Blinds 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante
Alejandro Lococo
Alejandro Lococo

An eventful Day 5 of the 2022 World Series of Poker Main Event saw a field of 380 players whittled down to just 123. The remaining players are all guaranteed $62,500, with the pay jumps on Day 6 coming with 98 ($73,100) and then 89 ($86,000) players remaining.

One name that stands out towards the top of the counts is Alejandro "PapoMC" Lococo who appears to have picked up where he left off last year when he finished seventh for $1,225,000 and is safely through to Day 6 with a stack of more than 10 million.

Event #70: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event Top 10 Chip Counts

PlacePlayerCountryChipsBig Blinds
1James HobbsUnited States12,505,000156
2Efthymia LitsouUnited States11,675,000146
3Aaron MermelsteinUnited States10,680,000134
4Alejandro LococoArgentina10,020,000125
5Gerald MorrellUnited States9,775,000122
6Jorge JouPanama9,500,000119
7Dingxiang OngSingapore9,500,000119
8Philippe SoukiUnited Kingdom9,425,000118
9Robert MinorUnited States9,160,000115

Since his deep run last November, Lococo has cashed for over $600,000 including two titles in the Czech Republic earlier this year. Here at the 2022 WSOP, the Argentinian has cashed in three events so far but nothing compared to his deep run in this year's Main Event.

The most eye-catching hand of the day came after the dinner break, after Lococo tangled with Karim Rebei who had led the remaining players going into dinner.

Alejandro "Papo MC" Lococo
Alejandro "Papo MC" Lococo

You can read the full hand history here, but Lococo's six-bet shove got through against Rebei and he vaulted up the counts. Lococo says the importance of this hand cannot be understated, calling it perhaps the most important hand he's played in his life so far.

"It's not my plan preflop to go all-in for 100 big blinds," he told PokerNews. "But I was playing for many hours with this player and there were many factors that went into the decision. I could spend many hours discussing it."

Did Alejandro Lococo Pull Off Best WSOP Main Event Bluff Since Moneymaker?

Some may think Lococo will be experiencing déjà vu heading into Day 6 for the second year in a row, but with a different stack size compared to last year, the Argentinian says it will not be the same at all.

"Last year I started Day 6 with a below-average stack, and this year I have much more, so clearly there will be different decisions and strategy, with different ranges and open raises."

Another notable making another deep run is, of course, defending champion Koray Aldemir. He spent most of Day 5 under the lights of the TV table, but took it in stride eliminating multiple opponents over the course of the day to bag a healthy stack.

Aldemir and Lococo are joined in Day 6 by 2020 WSOP Main Event champion Damian Salas (2,435,000), along with 2018 WSOP Main Event ninth-place finisher Antoine Labat.

Dan Smith
Dan Smith

Several players who won their first bracelets here at the 2022 WSOP are still in contention for a memorable second, including Espen Jorstad, Andrew Yeh and Dan Smith. Smith nursed his short stack through the day, but with the help of some timely doubles he remained alive to bag 2,030,000.

"You kind of just have to play every hand the way it needs to be played," Smith told PokerNews. "The structure of the tournament does mean there is a lot of play and that does help. Having a short stack here is more valuable than in other tournaments.

"I am fully aware that the most likely result is that I'm not going to make the final table. But, I'm having a great time and I'm trying to enjoy the experience and do my best, and whatever happens, happens."

Other players through to Day 6 include the last remaining women in the tournament Shelby Wells (1,900,000) and Efthymia Litsou (11,675,000). They will be joined by bracelet winners Timur Margolin (1,095,000), Andrew Yeh (5,830,000) and Marco Johnson (2,820,000).

Players falling on Day 5 included Jake Schindler, Ali Imsirovic, five-time bracelet-winners Brian Rast and John Juanda, as well as former tenth-place WSOP Main Event finisher Gaelle Baumann.

Having played five-and-a-half levels on Day 5, play will resume halfway through Level 26 (40,000/80,000/80,000) at 1 p.m. local time in Bally's Event Center.

Stay tuned to PokerNews for all the updates as they happen as we get that one step closer to crowning a new poker world champion.

Tags: Andrew YehAntoine LabatDamian SalasDan SmithEspen JorstadKoray Aldemir

Seat Draw For Day 6

YorkshirePud • Level 26: Blinds 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante
CasinoTableSeatPlayerCountryChipsBig Blinds
Bally's6061Antoine LabatFrance4,790,00060
Bally's6062Andrew YehUnited States5,830,00073
Bally's6063Jeremy SteelAustralia1,840,00023
Bally's6064Timur MargolinIsrael1,095,00014
Bally's6065Elliot SternUnited States2,250,00028
Bally's6066Koray AldemirAustria3,800,00048
Bally's6067Igor IoffeUnited States1,250,00016
Bally's6068Jack AllenUnited Kingdom900,00011
Bally's6069Stuart RuffUnited States1,740,00022
Bally's6081Terence ReidUnited States5,085,00064
Bally's6082Pierre De AlmeidaFrance3,330,00042
Bally's6084Robert WelchUnited States4,630,00058
Bally's6085Rok GostisaSlovenia4,340,00054
Bally's6086Stuart YoungUnited States1,790,00022
Bally's6087Muhammad Abdel RahimUnited States1,300,00016
Bally's6088Mayank MadanUnited States6,620,00083
Bally's6089Andres JeckelnArgentina1,255,00016
Bally's6101Robert ReedUnited States4,455,00056
Bally's6102Adam DemerssemanUnited States2,485,00031
Bally's6103Andrew TaylorUnited Kingdom6,700,00084
Bally's6104Michael DuekUnited States1,625,00020
Bally's6105Johan SchumacherBelgium3,100,00039
Bally's6106Lander LijoSpain7,200,00090
Bally's6108Rahul RastogiAustralia2,705,00034
Bally's6109Gabi LivshitzIsrael3,400,00043
Bally's6121Marco JohnsonUnited States2,820,00035
Bally's6122Oliver BithellUnited Kingdom2,200,00028
Bally's6123Andrew WatsonUnited States5,415,00068
Bally's6124Tzur LevyIsrael8,340,000104
Bally's6125William NunleyUnited States7,410,00093
Bally's6126Jorge HouPanama9,500,000119
Bally's6127Aaron MermelsteinUnited States10,680,000134
Bally's6128Serge ChechinFrance3,520,00044
Bally's6129Asher ConniffUnited States4,660,00058
Bally's6131Dan SmithUnited States2,030,00025
Bally's6132Andrew OstapchenkoUnited States5,670,00071
Bally's6133Mack KhanUnited States2,385,00030
Bally's6134Kenneth BaimeUnited States3,385,00042
Bally's6135Dingxiang OngSingapore9,500,000119
Bally's6136Brian KimUnited States7,865,00098
Bally's6137Joseph AltmanUnited States2,150,00027
Bally's6138Efthymia LitsouUnited States11,675,000146
Bally's6139Michael RoccoUnited States465,0006
Bally's6161Gerald MorrellUnited States9,775,000122
Bally's6162Edmund ChanCanada1,385,00017
Bally's6163Robert CorreaUnited States2,195,00027
Bally's6164Seungmook JungSouth Korea5,150,00064
Bally's6165Anthony MaioUnited States1,120,00014
Bally's6166Damian SalasArgentina2,435,00030
Bally's6167Jimmy SetnaCanada3,160,00040
Bally's6168James HobbsUnited States12,505,000156
Bally's6169Kamal BittarParaguay5,980,00075
Bally's6181Frank FunaroUnited States5,610,00070
Bally's6182Jordyn MillerUnited States5,180,00065
Bally's6183Karim RebeiAlgeria8,150,000102
Bally's6184Antonio LievanoUnited States5,850,00073
Bally's6185Oliver WeisGermany2,735,00034
Bally's6186Nicholas RamseyUnited Kingdom2,250,00028
Bally's6187Robert MinorUnited States9,160,000115
Bally's6188Espen JorstadNorway4,665,00058
Bally's6189Adrian AttenboroughAustralia7,785,00097
Bally's6201George TurnerUnited Kingdom3,080,00039
Bally's6202Artem SuhakUkraine2,400,00030
Bally's6203Ramiro PetroneArgentina2,315,00029
Bally's6205John EamesUnited Kingdom4,000,00050
Bally's6206Tyler HirschfeldUnited States3,260,00041
Bally's6207Timothy McDermottUnited States2,730,00034
Bally's6208Austin WilsonUnited States3,960,00050
Bally's6209Rudy CervantesUnited States2,395,00030
Bally's6211Alejandro LococoArgentina10,020,000125
Bally's6212Matthew PaolettiUnited States7,755,00097
Bally's6213Bassam EliaUnited Kingdom1,450,00018
Bally's6214Haim Or KriefUnited States4,715,00059
Bally's6215Gilbert CruzDominican Republic3,730,00047
Bally's6216Nathanael KogelUnited States7,335,00092
Bally's6217Kenny TranUnited States6,600,00083
Bally's6218Stanley LeeUnited States1,270,00016
Bally's6219Matthew ShepskyUnited States790,00010
Bally's6251Tom KunzeGermany4,070,00051
Bally's6252Fabian Schaefer CarrenoUnited States4,980,00062
Bally's6253Christopher KojackUnited States1,705,00021
Bally's6254Aaron DuczakCanada5,035,00063
Bally's6255Victor LiCanada1,960,00025
Bally's6256Pierce MckellarUnited States6,610,00083
Bally's6257Jacob MeeksUnited States6,455,00081
Bally's6258David RothschildFrance4,485,00056
Bally's6259Shelby WellsUnited States1,955,00024
Bally's6271Jon GislerUnited States5,270,00066
Bally's6272Michael LavenburgUnited States4,015,00050
Bally's6273Zilong ZhangUnited States6,985,00087
Bally's6274Evan KrentzmanUnited States945,00012
Bally's6275David LevineUnited States4,295,00054
Bally's6276Shijia LiuUnited States6,085,00076
Bally's6277Mikael GuenniFrance980,00012
Bally's6278Jose JaraizSpain2,000,02025
Bally's6279Cedrric TrevinoUnited States3,210,00040
Bally's6301Henry FischerBrazil5,160,00065
Bally's6302Imran BhojaniSouth Africa8,635,000108
Bally's6303Vadim RozinCanada4,510,00056
Bally's6304Paul SpitzbergUnited States1,535,00019
Bally's6305Matthew SuUnited States3,555,00044
Bally's6306David DiazUnited States2,740,00034
Bally's6307Matija DobricCroatia8,445,000106
Bally's6308Rodrigo SemeghiniBrazil2,070,00026
Bally's6309Mohammed RadwanUnited States1,705,00021
Bally's6321Philip NeimanUnited States3,000,00038
Bally's6322Mikiya KudoJapan2,555,00032
Bally's6323Caleb KingUnited States1,635,00020
Bally's6324Jonathan RosaUnited States1,785,00022
Bally's6325Philippe SoukiUnited Kingdom9,425,000118
Bally's6326William SmithUnited States7,010,00088
Bally's6327Rafael MotaBrazil2,635,00033
Bally's6328Benjamin MoonUnited States995,00012
Bally's6329Cameron BlazevichUnited States7,440,00093
Bally's6341Daniel SewnigUnited States1,835,00023
Bally's6342Chris DasilvaUnited Kingdom3,600,00045
Bally's6343Robert PaddockUnited States1,350,00017
Bally's6344Danny HannawaUnited States1,365,00017
Bally's6345Kristopher TongUnited States2,040,00026
Bally's6346Eddy SabatUnited States1,225,00015
Bally's6347Jeffrey FarnesUnited States7,720,00097
Bally's6348Roland RokitaAustria3,530,00044
Bally's6349Matteo CavelierFrance6,150,00077

Play Concludes for the Day

ajlamers • Level 26: Blinds 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante

Day 5 has come to an end with the tournament clock reading a total of 123 players remaining. The players are now bagging up their chips and the action will resume tomorrow at 1 p.m. local time. Chip counts and a recap of the day's action will be posted shortly.

Official End of Day Chip Counts (full)

ajlamers • Level 26: Blinds 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante
James Hobbs us
James Hobbs
us 12,505,000 -1,095,000
Efthymia Litsou us
Efthymia Litsou
us 11,675,000 3,025,000
Aaron Mermelstein us
Aaron Mermelstein
us 10,680,000 -520,000
Alejandro Lococo ar
Alejandro Lococo
ar 10,020,000 -200,000
Gerald Morrell us
Gerald Morrell
us 9,775,000 2,175,000
Dingxiang Ong sg
Dingxiang Ong
sg 9,500,000 4,730,000
Jorge Hou pa
Jorge Hou
pa 9,500,000 -250,000
Philippe Souki gb
Philippe Souki
gb 9,425,000 5,725,000
Robert Minor us
Robert Minor
us 9,160,000 385,000
Imran Bhojani za
Imran Bhojani
za 8,635,000 2,935,000
Matija Dobric hr
Matija Dobric
hr 8,445,000 995,000
Tzur Levy il
Tzur Levy
il 8,340,000 1,890,000
Karim Rebei dz
Karim Rebei
dz 8,150,000 -1,820,000
Brian Kim us
Brian Kim
us 7,865,000 5,065,000
Adrian Attenborough au
Adrian Attenborough
au 7,785,000 1,285,000
Matthew Paoletti us
Matthew Paoletti
us 7,755,000 2,055,000
Jeffrey Farnes us
Jeffrey Farnes
us 7,720,000
Cameron Blazevich us
Cameron Blazevich
us 7,440,000 1,140,000
William Nunley us
William Nunley
us 7,410,000 -1,990,000
Nathanael Kogel us
Nathanael Kogel
us 7,335,000 -285,000
Lander Lijo es
Lander Lijo
es 7,200,000 2,850,000
William Smith us
William Smith
us 7,010,000 2,710,000
Zilong Zhang us
Zilong Zhang
us 6,985,000 -2,560,000
Andrew Taylor (UK)
Andrew Taylor (UK)
Mayank Madan us
Mayank Madan
us 6,620,000 1,570,000

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Zhang Gets Big Value from Smith

Calum_Grant • Level 26: Blinds 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante
Zilong Zhang
Zilong Zhang

Zilong Zhang opened to 175,000 with {k-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds} from under the gun and only Dan Smith called on the hijack.

The {10-Spades}{6-Hearts}{3-Clubs} flop gave Smith a pair as he had the {a-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}. Action checked through. The {j-Diamonds} turn gave Zhang an open-ended straight draw and Zhang bet 235,000. Smith called.

Zhang made Broadway on the {a-Spades} river and sneakily checked the action to Smith who bet 600,000 with his two pair.

Zhang made it 2,230,000 and Smith called while taking a big hit to his newly found big stack.

"I bet too small there," commented Zhang.

Zilong Zhang us
Zilong Zhang
us 9,545,000 3,970,000
Dan Smith us
Dan Smith
us 2,225,000 -2,635,000

Tags: Dan SmithZilong Zhang

Did Alejandro Lococo Pull Off Best WSOP Main Event Bluff Since Moneymaker?

KaleGozer • Level 26: Blinds 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante
Alejandro Lococo
Alejandro Lococo

PokerStars ambassador Alejandro Lococo, aka "Papo MC," made one of the greatest bluffs you'll ever see in the World Series of Poker Main Event Monday night.

Lococo, an Argentinian freestyle rapper with 2.8 million Instagram followers, is attempting to return to the Main Event final table after finishing in seventh place for $1,225,000 last year.

Read the story here!

Mermelstein Cracks Aces for a Huge Double Up Late in the Night

ajlamers • Level 26: Blinds 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante
Aaron Mermelstein
Aaron Mermelstein

Aaron Mermelstein raised it up from early position and Johan Schumacher three-bet to 500,000 on his left. The action folded back to Mermelstein who just called to see a flop of {q-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{2-Hearts}.

Mermelstein check-called a bet of 400,000 from Schumacher and the {3-Diamonds} landed on the turn. Mermelstein checked again and Schumacher slid out a bet of 1,400,000. Mermelstein went into the tank for a couple of minutes before ripping all in for 4,480,000. Schumacher snap-called and the cards were on their backs.

Schumacher turned over {a-Hearts}{a-Clubs} but was given the bad news as Mermelstein held {q-Spades}{q-Hearts} for a set of queens. The river was the {2-Clubs} and Mermelstein scored a double up.

Aaron Mermelstein us
Aaron Mermelstein
us 11,200,000 4,420,000
Johan Schumacher be
Johan Schumacher
be 3,325,000 -5,325,000

Tags: Johan SchumacherAaron Mermelstein

Three More Hands

BrandonBloom • Level 26: Blinds 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante

Players will play three more hands before bagging and tagging for the night.