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

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Event #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship
Day 6 Completed

2015 Bracelet Winner Christian Pham Leading Final 27 After Day 6

mnuwwarah • Level 31: 100,000-200,000, 30,000 ante
Christian Pham
Christian Pham

If Christian Pham's poker career got turned into a movie, it would probably get panned for being too much of a fairy tale, too hard to believe.

His first incredibly improbable moment came into 2015, when he claims to have accidentally registered for $1,500 2-7 Single Draw at the World Series of Poker when he meant to register for $1,500 Limit Hold'em. All he did was defeat a field of 219 and win a bracelet, overcoming the likes of Mike Leah, Robert Mizrachi and Huck Seed late.

Fast-forward to the 2017 WSOP, and Pham fired in a $575 Main Event qualifier, winning a seat. On Day 5, with his tournament life on the line after bluffing all in on a four-straight board with one pair against a set, Pham needed a six and a six only to chop and survive or it was curtains.

He found the six-ball to avoid joining the payout line. Two days later, he's the leader of the final 27 players left after Day 6, with a career-best $263,532 locked up and 31,440,000 in the big. That will represent more than 100 big blinds when play resumes for Day 7.

A breathless Pham, sans the bucket hat he can be so often seen wearing at tournaments in and around his native Minnesota, could barely contain his excitement.

"It’s the hope of every poker player, we go to the final table, or we go the top 27, 18 something like that," he said. "And now, my dream come true. I’m very happy about that."

The key moment for Pham on Day 6 came in a three-bet pot against Superman costume-clad Jonathan Dwek, who accidentally reraised the minimum and wound up running a wheel with ace-eight. Unfortunately for the Canadian, Pham's bottom pair on the flop became a backdoor steel wheel, and Dwek was unable to find the fold button on the river when Pham shoved on him.

"Oh my God straight flush, that’s amazing," Pham said as he recalled the hand, adding that he made another straight flush shortly after. "Two straight flush today! That’s amazing! Oh my God, that’s incredible."

Immediately behind Pham in the counts are Valentin Messina (28,590,000), Jack Sinclair (27,535,000) and Ben Lamb (25,685,000).

Lamb, of course, finished third in the 2011 Main Event, banking $4 million. His tournament results have been relatively scarce since then, with appearances in $25K high roller tournaments here in Las Vegas accounting for the bulk of his action.

True to the feelings of a man who fires away in $25Ks and has been here before, Lamb isn't satisfied by getting to the final 27 and has his sights set much higher.

“I don’t care about the final table," he said. "I want to win the whole damn thing. I’m going to go home and watch Game of Thrones and then watch a little tape of today.

"It’s the most fun you can have to be deep in this poker tournament. I’m really excited to be here and the past will help me. But some of these guys have been here before too – multiple times."

Ben Lamb

One man in particular has made deep runs in the WSOP Main Event practically a yearly ritual at this point. Antoine Saout's own November Nine appearance predates Lamb's, as he made the final table back in 2009, also finishing third. Last year, Saout narrowly missed another final table with a 25th-place finish.

Saout had a fantastic summer in 2016 with three six-figure scores in Las Vegas, but admitted it has been a different story in 2017 as he came into the Main Event down and needed a big run to climb out of the hole he'd dug for himself.

Now, the Frenchman has navigated to the three-table redraw of the Main Event once again in something of a summer saver. He's in the middle of the pack with a stack of 9,945,000, but it's a count he's quite happy with as he struggled to gain much traction on Day 6.

"Today was a tough day," he said. "I fought. I was down to 4.6 million, but I finished at my peak at 10 million, so that's good."

Saout is far from the only Frenchman having a fantastic finish to the WSOP. Second-place Messina also hails from France, as do Benjamin Pollak (8,870,000) and Alexandre Reard (8,580,000). The four posed for pictures after bagging and had groups of fans waving French flags cheering them on throughout the day.

Saout accurately recalled that two of his countrymen also made the final 27 in 2009. Ludovic Lacay would finish 16th and Francois Balmigere 25th.

"It's very exciting," Saout said of the French contingent's surge. "We all have some chips. It's going to be a big day tomorrow. I hope we can make it two, three or even four [at the final table]."

The last 27 drew for their new seats after the eliminations of Joshua Horton in 28th when he made an inferior flush against Jack Sinclair. They'll come back to those seats at noon with 78 minutes left in Level 32 (120,000/240,000/40,000), and PokerNews will be providing hand-for-hand updates as the final three tables play down to the biggest final table in poker.

Tags: Antoine SaoutBen LambChristian Pham

Seat Draw Day 7

Webjoker • Level 31: 100,000-200,000, 30,000 ante
TableSeatPlayerCounttryChip CountBig Blinds
11John HespUnited Kingdom20,880,00087
12Robin HegeleGermany11,150,00046
13Scott StewartUnited States6,230,00026
14Damian SalasArgentina7,800,00033
15Michael RuaneUnited States9,340,00039
16Jack SinclairUnited Kingdom27,535,000115
17Bryan PiccioliUnited States14,500,00060
18Jonas MackoffCanada12,050,00050
19Randy PisaneUnited States18,370,00077
      
21Richard DubiniArgentina14,975,00062
22Antoine SaoutFrance9,945,00041
23Valentin MessinaFrance28,590,000119
24Pedro OliveiraPortugal22,540,00094
25Florian LohnertGermany5,360,00022
26Alexandre ReardFrance8,580,00036
27David GuayCanada7,400,00031
28Richard GrykoUnited Kingdom13,760,00057
29Scott BlumsteinUnited States18,125,00076
      
31Michael SklenickaCzech Republic2,230,0009
32Jake BazeleyUnited States3,915,00016
33Christian PhamUnited States31,440,000131
34Michael KrasienkoUnited States11,430,00048
35Benjamin PollakFrance8,870,00037
36Dan OttUnited States7,815,00033
37Marcel LuskeNetherlands2,990,00012
38Karen SarkisyanRussia8,105,00034
39Ben LambUnited States25,685,000107

Career Earnings and More Stats for the Final 27

Webjoker • Level 31: 100,000-200,000, 30,000 ante
PlayerCountryWSOP CashesWSOP BraceletsCareer EarningsGPI Ranking
Ben LambUnited States141$7,207,83016,828
Antoine SaoutFrance130$5,551,412341
Marcel LuskeNedtherlands330$4,463,5732,788
Jake BazeleyUnited States460$3,475,38492
Benjamin PollakFrance160$2,967,781116
Michael RuaneUnited States50$2,611,96518,473
Bryan PiccioliUnited States301$1,909,374471
Karen SarkisyanRussia220$1,256,1261,253
Valentin MessinaFrance90$1,132,8585,281
Richard GrykoUnited Kingdom81$1,045,42526,822
Richard DubiniArgentina80$1,008,319356
Alexandre ReardFrance70$981,162402
Damian SalasArgentina140$919,525494
Jonas MackoffCanada260$704,86215,832
Scott StewartUnited States290$606,604389
Christian PhamUnited States91$563,4396,339
Pedro OliveiraPortugal60$338,68223
Scott BlumsteinUnited States30$312,1421,682
Michael KrasienkoUnited States60$173,4881,507
David GuayCanada10$128,7666,713
Robin HegeleGermany10$48,2292,140
Michael SklenickaCzech Republic00$34,4887,752
Florian LohnertGermany00$23,293197,921
Jack SinclairUnited Kingdom20$13,50014,761
Randy PisaneUnited States00$6,999215,673
Dan OttUnited States20$3,65664,460
John HespUnited Kingdom00$2,20821,184

End-of-Day Chip Counts

123md • Level 31: 100,000-200,000, 30,000 ante
Christian Pham us
Christian Pham
us 31,440,000 -80,000
Valentin Messina fr
Valentin Messina
fr 28,590,000 -405,000
Jack Sinclair gb
Jack Sinclair
gb 27,535,000 -155,000
Ben Lamb us
Ben Lamb
us 25,685,000
Pedro Oliveira pt
Pedro Oliveira
pt 22,540,000
John Hesp gb
John Hesp
gb 20,880,000
Randy Pisane us
Randy Pisane
us 18,370,000
Scott Blumstein us
Scott Blumstein
us 18,125,000 3,225,000
Richard Dubini ar
Richard Dubini
ar 14,975,000 1,485,000
Bryan Piccioli us
Bryan Piccioli
us 14,500,000
Richard Gryko gb
Richard Gryko
gb 13,760,000 -80,000
Jonas Mackoff ca
Jonas Mackoff
ca 12,050,000 450,000
Michael Krasienko us
Michael Krasienko
us 11,430,000 -1,890,000
Robin Hegele de
Robin Hegele
de 11,150,000 1,215,000
Antoine Saout fr
Antoine Saout
fr 9,945,000 1,345,000
Michael Ruane us
Michael Ruane
us 9,340,000 -880,000
Benjamin Pollak fr
Benjamin Pollak
fr 8,870,000 240,000
Alexandre Reard fr
Alexandre Reard
fr 8,580,000 520,000
Karen Sarkisyan ru
Karen Sarkisyan
ru 8,105,000
Dan Ott us
Dan Ott
us 7,815,000
Damian Salas ar
Damian Salas
ar 7,800,000
David Guay ca
David Guay
ca 7,400,000
Scott Stewart us
Scott Stewart
us 6,230,000 -1,675,000
Florian Lohnert de
Florian Lohnert
de 5,360,000 -80,000
Jake Bazeley us
Jake Bazeley
us 3,915,000

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Their Way Through the Days

Webjoker • Level 31: 100,000-200,000, 30,000 ante

Just 27 players remain, and all of them have 6 days of poker behind them. Some were big stacks all throughout, others had a rollercoaster of a tournament. Here's are the End of Day chip counts for all of the 27 remaining players, including their position to the field.

PlayerDay 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6  
Christian Pham131.300505/5.519141.8001011/2.572348.000379/1.084511.000245/2972.800.00056/8531.440.0001/27 
Valentin Messina159.900157/5.519350.10092/2.572679.000125/1.0842.979.00010/2974.995.00030/8528.590.0002/27 
Jack Sinclair149.500207/5.519242.900355/2.572463.000267/1.0841.457.00095/2972.225.00069/8527.535.0003/27 
Ben Lamb77.2001781/5.519327.800123/2.5721.016.00032/1.0842.746.00014/2974.725.00032/8525.685.0004/27 
Pedro Oliveira68.5002176/5.519159.700854/2.572781.00091/1.0841.292.000114/2973.135.00051/8522.540.0005/27 
John Hesp62.6002487/5.519312.100152/2.572613.000166/1.0841.394.000106/2974.060.00040/8520.880.0006/27 
Randy Pisane72.8001965/5.519233.300395/2.572614.000165/1.0842.955.00012/2978.105.0009/8518.370.0007/27 
Scott Blumstein86.2001402/5.519375.10062/2.5721.340.0008/1.0842.016.00044/2976.845.00014/8518.125.0008/27 
Richard Dubini254.4002/5.519185.100669/2.572389.000331/1.0841.125.000130/2975.190.00029/8514.975.0009/27 
Bryan Piccioli145.100233/5.519173.600752/2.572286.000477/1.0841.994.00047/2975.400.00025/8514.500.00010/27 
Richard Gryko129.900375/5.519564.8004/2.572819.00077/1.0843.559.0005/2975.835.00021/8513.760.00011/27 
Jonas Mackoff30.6004441/5.519160.000852/2.572389.000332/1.0843.076.0008/2971.590.00078/8512.050.00012/27 
Michael Krasienko165.900127/5.519561.3005/2.5721.246.00012/1.0841.896.00053/2975.710.00022/8511.430.00013/27 
Robin Hegele87.7001341/5.519392.60053/2.572367.000358/1.0842.550.00020/2979.990.0001/8511.150.00014/27 
Antoine Saout107.300752/5.519341.400107/2.5721.529.0003/1.0842.318.00030/2978.260.0008/859.945.00015/27 
Michael Ruane64.4002379/5.51994.4001576/2.572721.000107/1.0841.564.00082/2973.450.00047/859.340.00016/27 
Benjamin Pollak91.9001194/5.519157.900871/2.572497.000235/1.084218.000291/2975.690.00023/858.870.00017/27 
Alexandre Reard38.5003978/5.519125.0001203/2.572533.000212/1.0841.000.000148/2976.100.00019/858.580.00018/27 
Karen Sarkisyan16.4005161/5.519140.6001023/2.572149.000756/1.0841.170.000126/2978.270.0007/858.105.00019/27 
Dan Ott160.900148/5.519244.000349/2.572DNRDNR/1.0842.196.00035/2978.320.0006/857.815.00020/27 
Damian Salas71.3002036/5.519301.000176/2.5721.028.00031/1.0844.678.0001/2978.400.0005/857.800.00021/27 
David Guay80.0001674/5.51960.0002057/2.572260.000520/1.0842.440.00024/2973.300.00050/857.400.00022/27 
Scott Stewart193.70050/5.519446.80026/2.57272.000953/1.0841.929.00050/2977.270.00012/856.230.00023/27 
Florian Lohnert53.9753019/5.51950.5002198/2.572265.000510/1.0841.350.000110/2976.300.00018/855.360.00024/27 
Jake Bazeley100.900906/5.519123.3001219/2.572485.000244/1.0841.225.000119/2972.805.00055/853.915.00025/27 
Marcel Luske80.5001644/5.519149.100948/2.572282.000481/1.0841.159.000127/2972.290.00066/852.990.00026/27 
Michael Sklenicka164.700134/5.519540.60010/2.5721.139.00018/1.0841.600.00075/2975.360.00027/852.230.000/27/27 

Joshua Horton Eliminated in 28th Place ($214,913)

u4got23bet • Level 31: 100,000-200,000, 30,000 ante
Joshua Horton
Joshua Horton

Jack Sinclair raised to 575,000 on the button. Joshua Horton was in the big blind and defended.

The flop was {4-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{7-Hearts}, and Horton led for what appeared to be 900,000. Sinclair called, and the turn was the {9-Hearts}. Horton got his remaining chips into the middle, which appeared to be about 6,015,000, and Sinclair called.

Jack Sinclair: {a-Hearts}{3-Hearts}
Joshua Horton: {j-Hearts}{8-Hearts}

Horton would have to hit a two-out straight flush if he was going to survive, but the river was the {5-Spades}.

Horton was eliminated in 28th place, ending the day's play at the three-table redraw.

Jack Sinclair gb
Jack Sinclair
gb 27,690,000 7,990,000
Joshua Horton US
Joshua Horton
US Busted

Tags: Jack SinclairJoshua Horton

Mackoff Leaves Sklenicka Short

zedmaster84 • Level 31: 100,000-200,000, 30,000 ante

Jonas Mackoff raised to 525,000 from the cutoff, and Michael Sklenicka called in the big blind.

Both players checked the {Q-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} flop, and the {9-Clubs} fell on the turn. Sklenicka bet 800,000, and Mackoff called before the {7-Spades} river completed the board. Sklenicka checked, and Mackoff bet 1,500,000, which the Czech called.

Mackoff rolled over {Q-Spades}{9-Spades} for queens and nines, while Sklenicka open-mucked {Q-Hearts}{10-Spades} for top pair.

Jonas Mackoff ca
Jonas Mackoff
ca 12,050,000 2,050,000
Michael Sklenicka cz
Michael Sklenicka
cz 2,230,000 -3,220,000

Tags: Jonas MackoffMichael Sklenicka

Hesp Takes About Half of Ott's Stack

123md • Level 31: 100,000-200,000, 30,000 ante

Dan Ott raised to 550,000 from middle position, John Hesp three-bet to 1,200,000 from the small blind, and Ott called.

The flop came down {9-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{3-Hearts}, and Hesp bet 1,500,000. Ott called, and the turn was the {7-Spades}. Hesp bet 2,000,000, and Ott called. The {Q-Spades} river completed the board, and Hesp bet 2,000,000 again. Ott called.

Hesp tabled {Q-Diamonds}{9-Spades} for top two pair, Ott mucked, and Hesp collected the pot.

John Hesp gb
John Hesp
gb 21,920,000 6,575,000
Dan Ott us
Dan Ott
us 7,550,000 -6,740,000

Tags: Dan OttJohn Hesp

Michael Krasienko Continues the Comeback

Valerie.Cross • Level 31: 100,000-200,000, 30,000 ante

Michael Krasienko raised to 600,000 under the gun, Joshua Horton called in the cutoff, and Richard Gryko called in the big blind. The flop came {J-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{A-Spades}, and Gryko checked. Krasienko continued for 1,000,000, and both of his opponents folded.

Krasienko dragged the pot, continuing to chip up after being one of the shortest stacks just a little while ago.

Michael Krasienko us
Michael Krasienko
us 13,320,000 1,440,000

Tags: Joshua HortonMichael KrasienkoRichard Gryko