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Pierre Neuville Leads 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event After Day 5

Daniel Negreanu, Brian Hastings and Justin Bonomo Among The Final 69 Players

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Day 5 of the 2015 World Series of Poker main event is in the books, ending with an incredibly tough field of 69 players remaining to battle it out for the title, the bracelet and the $7,680,021 first-place prize. Among the final eight tables are numerous big names, including the likes of all-time tournament earnings leader Daniel Negreanu, former November Niner and WSOP bracelet winner Matt Jarvis, three-time bracelet winner Brian Hastings, former Card Player Online Player of the Year Steve Gross, 2012 bracelet winner Max Steinberg, 2014 bracelet winner Justin Bonomo and many other highly accomplished pros.

In the end Belguim’s Pierre Neuville bagged up the the leading stack of 7,105,000. A regular on the European Poker Tour, the 72-year-old has over $2 million in prior tournament cashes. His best showing at the WSOP to date was a runner-up finish in the 2014 $5,000 six-max no-limit hold’em event, widely considered one of the toughest fields of the summer.

American poker pro David Stefanski ended the day with the second most chips with 6,480,000. Also ending the day in the top ten was 2010 WSOP main event eighth-place finisher and 2011 WSOP $5,000 six-max champion Matt Jarvis. The Canadian bagged up 5,250,000 to enter day 6 in seventh chip position.

Daniel NegreanuAnother Canadian of note is two-time Card Player Player of the Year and six-time bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu. Undeniably the biggest star remaining, and arguably one of poker’s biggest stars period, Negreanu ended the day with 3,620,000 in chips. With $29,942,773 in live tournament earnings making him the all-time money leader already, Negreanu is looking to take a stranglehold on that race with a deep run in the world’s most prestigious poker tournament.

Day 6 began with 237 players and ended with 69, meaning that 168 players hit the rail throughout the day. Among them were Men Nguyen (211th place), Vivek Rajkumar (197th place), Christian harder (196th place), Ryan D’Angelo (188th place), Dan O’Brien (186th place), Antonio Esfandiari (168th place), 2011 WSOP Europe main event champion Elio Fox (163rd place), Matt Glantz (146th place), Matt Waxman (75th place) and 1993 WSOP main event champion Jim Bechtel (121st place). Bechtel was the last remaining prior winner of this event, which means that a brand new world champion will be decided in 2015.

The final 69 will return at noon local time, each guaranteed at least $96,445 in prize money and possibly a lot more. Which one will be the next world champion? Only time will tell.

Here is a look at the top ten stacks heading into day 6:

Rank Player Chip Count
1 Pierre Neuville 7,105,000
2 David Stefanski 6,480,000
3 Thomas Paul 6,140,000
4 David Peters 6,130,000
5 Mozheng Guan 6,030,000
6 Andrew Moreno 5,320,000
7 Matt Jarvis 5,250,000
8 Thomas Cannuli 5,070,000
9 George McDonald 4,949,000
10 Brian Hastings 4,740,000

A complete listing of the Day 5 survivors and their chip counts can be found here.

For more coverage from the summer series, visit the 2015 WSOP landing page complete with a full schedule, news, player interviews and event recaps.