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Negreanu, Forrest Still Alive at WSOP Main Event

Plenty of Big Names Have Fallen, But a lot Are Left


In one week, the final nine players left standing at the World Series of Poker main event will get together for one final tussle to determine who will be this year's champion. After six days of poker action, tomorrow will be the first time all the players competing for the $12 million top prize play at one time.

If the WSOP was a stage play, tomorrow would be the start of Act II. And like any good production, there are a few big stars, many more bit-part players, and quite a few extras still left to fight.

Play begins at noon tomorrow and won't end until the more than 1,500 players are cut down to about 600. It's going to be a fun and intense day, as whoever finishes 874 will be the dreaded "bubble boy (or girl)" and won't receive a paycheck. Those finishing 873 or high are guaranteed at least $14,597 for their stay in Vegas.

The most money a player will earn tomorrow is $20,617. For a complete payout structure guide to the main event, click here.

Although a lot of the big names fell in the first six flights, there are still plenty left, including last year's WSOP main event champion, Joe Hachem. He's not only still alive, but with $142,440 in chips, is setting himself up for another run. He said it would take a miracle to repeat as champion, but as everyone knows, miracles do happen.

Perhaps the biggest name left, Daniel Negreanu, is going to be a force. He enters Friday with $331,000 (average chip stack is under $100,000). He's in the top five. Unknown Dmitri Nobles leads all with $553,000.

Other popular and tough players remaining include "Gentleman" John Gale with $170,000, Ted Forrest with $125,000, Friends of Full Tilt's Allen Cunningham with $172,000 and David Chiu with $150,000, Humberto Brenes with $110,000, Cyndy Violette with $85,000, Josh Arieh with $82,000, and Nam Le with $63,000.

Card Player's own Allyn Jaffrey Shulman is still in it with $60,000, as are Friends of Full Tilt's Paul Wolfe ($60,000), Barny Boatman ($52,000), Carlos Mortensen ($82,500), Mark Vos ($84,000), Aaron Bartley ($83,000), Richard Brodie ($69,000), David Grey ($45,000) and Layne Flack ($25,000). Tom McEvoy has $60,000 in chips.

Kathy Liebert has $55,000 and Freddy Deeb has $58,000. Melissa Hayden has $58,000.

Full Tilt Team members Chris Ferguson and Phil Ivey are still in it, but they have a lot of work to do. Ivey has $20,000 in chips and Ferguson has $60,000.

Click here for tournament chip count and click here for hand-for-hand coverage of the main event and be sure to keep a close watch on to catch all the main event action.