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World Poker Tour -- Festa al Lago Day 4

Annette Obrestad Leads the Way as the Final 13 Head into Day 5

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Annette ObrestadDay 4 at the 2010 World Poker Tour Festa al Lago $10,000 no-limit hold’em main event took place today at Bellagio. When play began 41 players remained and by the end of the night a lucky 13 had made it through to make a final charge at the final television table of six tomorrow.

Some big-name professionals remain with Annette Obrestad leading the way with 2,009,000, and one player is looking to make back-to-back WPT final tables in the U.S. WPT Legends of Poker champion Andrew Frankenberger takes 1,820,000 into tomorrow in second position on the leader board. Allen Kessler rounds out the top three with 1,275,000, and other big names still in the hunt include John Monnette, Jeff Madsen, Noah Schwartz, Bobby Suer, November Niner Brandon Steven, and Randal Flowers.

Here is a look at the official chip counts for day 5:

Rank Player Name Chip Count
1 Annette Obrestad 2,009,000
2 Andrew Frankenberger 1,820,000
3 Allen Kessler 1,275,000
4 John Monnette 1,271,000
5 Jeff Madsen 1,267,000
6 Noah Schwartz 1,137,000
7 Bobby Suer 1,129,000
8 Brandon Steven 977,000
9 Randal Flowers 691,000
10 Skip Wilson 531,000
11 Michael Benvenuti 530,000
12 John Krpan 397,000
13 Jason Koon 396,000

As the list would suggest the tournament is still well crowded with professional talent, but there were some eliminations today that diminished the star power of the field. Lauren Kling was the final elimination of the night, busting in 14th place during the last level of play.

Other notable day 4 eliminations included Mark Newhouse, Chad Batista, Matt Affleck, Daniel Alaei, Lyle Berman, Barry Greenstein, Matt Stout, Amit Makhija, Gavin Smith, Andreas Hoivold, Erik Cajelais, and Steve O’Dwyer, whose elimination came as a surprise considering he was the chip leader heading into the day.

Card Player Player of the Year contenders Thomas Marchese and Jared Jaffee fell during the day and missed out on scoring any points in the event. POY leader Dwyte Pilgrim has his lead intact and can rest a little easier until the next big tournament.

Check back tomorrow at noon PST for more live coverage of the tournament and videos from CardPlayer TV. The remaining 13 players will play down to a final television table of six tomorrow. You can check out all of the elimination hands from today on the live updates tab. Here is a full list of today’s eliminations:

14th Lauren Kling $32,240
15th Mark Newhouse $32,240
16th Chad Batista $25,792
17th Mclean Karr $25,792
18th Matt Stout $25,792
19th Andreas Hoivold $25,792
20th Jeremy Rafalowicz $25,792
22nd Matt Affleck $19,344
23rd Jared Jaffee $19,344
24th Trevor Pope $19,344
25th Steve O’Dwyer $19,344
26th Erik Cajelais $19,344
27th Ronald Lee $19,344
28th Ryan Goindoo $19,344
29th Nancy Todd Tyner $19,344
30th Brandon Novena $19,344
31st Daniel Alaei $16,120
32nd James St Hilaire $16,120
33rd Mitchell Kessler $16,120
34th Tony Bracy $16,120
35th Thomas Marchese $16,120
36th Lyle Berman $16,120
37th Jimmy Tran $16,120
38th Barry Greenstein $16,120
39th Amit Makhija $16,120
40th David Peters $16,120
41st Ryan Young $12,896