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2017 World Series of Poker Main Event Day 5: Max Silver and Antoine Saout Among Top Ten Stacks

Only 85 Players Remain With A Shot At Winning The Championship Bracelet and The $8,150,000 Top Prize

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At the end of the fifth day of the 2017 World Series of Poker main event only 85 players remain from the starting field of 7,221. That means that the field is down to the top 1.2 percent of finishers, and the money on the line is starting to get serious. The remaining 85 players are all now guaranteed a minimum payday of $72,514. Surely each and every remaining player has their eyes on the $8,150,000 first place prize and the championship bracelet, which is now less than a week from being awarded to this year’s poker world champion.

Day 5 chip leader Robin HegeleThe chip leader going into day six is Robin Hegele with 9,990,000. (Fun fact: that is just shy of 200 starting stacks, which were 50,000 in this event.) The German player has less than $50,000 in prior live tournament earnings, which means that no matter what happens he has already secured his largest career cash.

There are plenty of recognizable names still left in the main event after day 5. 2017 WSOP $3,000 six-max limit hold’em bracelet winner Max Silver ended the day in third chip position with 8,665,000. The British-born Dublin, Ireland resident has over $3.3 million in live tournament earnings and is in prime position to add a healthy chunk of money to that number with a deep run in this event.

France’s Antoine Saout is also inside the top ten, ending the night in eighth position with 8,260,000. Saout is one of a handful of former WSOP main event final table finishers still in the field. He was part of the second ever November Nine in 2009. He finished third that year for $3,479,670. Other former November Niners still in with a shot at making their second final table run include 2011 third-place finisher Ben Lamb (4,725,000), 2016 sixth-place finisher Kenny Hallaert (4,370,000), 2016 third-place finisher Michael Ruane (3,450,000).

Card Player TV caught up with Michael Ruane on the dinner break for a video interview with the New Jersey poker pro. Check that out below:

Several other former November Niners made day 5 but failed to survive to day 6, including Jake Balsiger (107th – $53,247), Eoghan O’Dea (172nd – $46,096), Chino Rheem (284th – $40,181), Tom Cannuli (285th – $40,181) and Matt Giannetti (294 – $35,267).

Outside of players with previous main event success, there are still a number of other notables who did bag up chips, including Brandon Meyers (3,905,000), Connor Drinan (3,360,000), Jake Bazely (2,805,000), Dario Sammartino (2,585,000) and 2004 WSOP main event tenth-place finisher Marcel Luske (2,290,000).

Charlie Carrel on day 5Big names to hit the rail on day 5 include Charlie Carrel (88th – $72,514), Ankush Mandavia (126th – $53,247), four-time bracelet winner Max Pescatori (148th – $53,247), popular Twitch streamer and poker pro Randy “Nanonoko” Lew (159th – $53,247), Sam Stein (166th – $46,096), two-time bracelet winner Greg Mueller (191st – $46,096), three-time bracelet winners Dominik Nitsche (195th – $46,096) and Davidi Kitai (223rd – $46,096), and two-time Card Player Player of the Year winner David Pham (231st – $40,181).

Day 5 also featured the elimination of the last female players in the field. This year there were 272 female participants, which means that only roughly 3.8 percent of the field were women. Five women entered day 5, with Kathy Liebert being the most accomplished player among them. She ultimately finished 251st for $40,181. The other women who made day 5 but failed to advance include Juicy Li (227th – $40,181), Tracy Nguyen(145th – $53,247), Jessica Ngu (108th – $53,247). That left Yuan-Yuan Li as the ‘last woman standing.’ She ultimately hit the rail in 105th place, earning $53,247.

Day 6 is set to resume at 11:00 a.m. local time.

Here is a look at the chip counts heading into day 6:

Rank Player Chip Count
1 Robin Hegele 9,990,000
2 Joshua Horton 9,360,000
3 Max Silver 8,665,000
4 Frank Crivello 8,500,000
5 Damian Salas 8,400,000
6 Daniel Ott 8,320,000
7 Karen Sarkisyan 8,270,000
8 Antoine Saout 8,260,000
9 Randy Pisane 8,105,000
10 Joseph Dipascale 7,450,000
11 Zu Zhou 7,345,000
12 Scott Stewart 7,270,000
13 Cosmin Joldis 6,965,000
14 Scott Blumstein 6,845,000
15 Jesus Blanco 6,835,000
16 Paul Vas Nunes 6,780,000
17 Reed Hensel 6,355,000
18 Florian Lohnert 6,300,000
19 Alexandre Reard 6,100,000
20 Robert Schulz 6,075,000
21 Richard Gryko 5,835,000
22 Michael Krasienko 5,710,000
23 Benjamin Pollak 5,690,000
24 Sean Gibson 5,595,000
25 Bryan Piccioli 5,400,000
26 Kfir Nahum 5,385,000
27 Michael Sklenicka 5,360,000
28 Colin Moffatt 5,195,000
29 Richard Dubini 5,190,000
30 Valentin Messina 4,995,000
31 Wesley Pantling 4,745,000
32 Ben Lamb 4,725,000
33 Joshua Marvin 4,635,000
34 Travis Lutes 4,575,000
35 Kenny Hallaert 4,370,000
36 Matt Bond 4,365,000
37 Artan Dedusha 4,330,000
38 Shawn Daniels 4,325,000
39 Wen Zhou 4,090,000
40 John Hesp 4,060,000
41 Brandon Meyers 3,905,000
42 Alexander Greenblatt 3,865,000
43 Matthias De Meulder 3,825,000
44 Sebastien Comel 3,740,000
45 Justas Vaiciulionis 3,550,000
46 Michael Ruane 3,450,000
47 Joseph Michael 3,400,000
48 Connor Drinan 3,360,000
49 David Guay 3,300,000
50 Pedro Oliveira 3,135,000
51 Nick Guagenti 3,045,000
52 Richard Tuhrim 3,038,000
53 Hyon Kim 3,035,000
54 Ryan Leng 2,970,000
55 Jake Bazeley 2,805,000
56 Christian Pham 2,800,000
57 Arash Ghaneian 2,680,000
58 Chris Wallace 2,675,000
59 Ihar Soika 2,630,000
60 Dario Sammartino 2,585,000
61 Jingwei Zhang 2,575,000
62 Nicolas Cardyn 2,545,000
63 Yin Liu 2,415,000
64 Thissa Desilva 2,395,000
65 Jae Hwang 2,380,000
66 Marcel Luske 2,290,000
67 Renato Prado Valentim 2,270,000
68 Paul Senat 2,260,000
69 Andrew Ostapchenko 2,225,000
70 Jack Sinclair 2,225,000
71 Paul Dhaliwal 2,165,000
72 Mike Linster 2,075,000
73 Kevin Song 1,965,000
74 Jonathan Dwek 1,910,000
75 Neil Patel 1,905,000
76 Richard Robinson 1,900,000
77 Michael Zelman 1,785,000
78 Jonas Mackoff 1,590,000
79 Daniel Turner 1,440,000
80 Gregory Goldberg 1,355,000
81 Eric Berman 1,130,000
82 Ian Johns 1,085,000
83 Kevin Calenzo 1,080,000
84 Martin Finger 890,000
85 Mario Vojvoda 655,000

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