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Bryan Piccioli Leads 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event After Day 4

250 Players Remain In The Biggest Poker Tournament of the Year


The Amazon room at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino went through a metamorphosis on day 4 of the 2016 World Series of Poker $10,000 no-limit hold’em main event.

The tables that once filled the room have been broken down and cleared out to make way for the throngs of ESPN camera operators documenting the action of this year’s world championship.

The fanfare served to underline the drama of day 4, which began with 800 players and ended with 250. All of those who made day 5 are guaranteed at least a $36,708 payday but surely have their eyes on the November Nine, the championship bracelet and the $8,000,000 first-place prize.

Daniel ColmanAt the end of the day Bryan Piccioli was in the lead with 4,026,000. The young poker pro from Allegany, NY already has a bracelet to his name, having won the 2013 WSOP Asia Pacific $1,100 no-limit hold’em accumulator event in Australia.

2014 WSOP $1 million Big One For One Drop winner Daniel Colman bagged up the second largest stack heading into day 5 with 3,711,000. Colman has over $25 million in lifetime live tournament earnings (with $15 million coming in the aforementioned super high roller event) and is in a good spot to add even more to that already impressive total.

Melanie Weisner ended the night inside the top ten on the leaderboard, picking up ASpade SuitADiamond Suit and getting all in against an opponent’s AHeart SuitKHeart Suit to win a huge pot to increase her stack to over 3 million.

Melanie WeisnerOther notables inside the top fifty heading into day 5 include James Obst (3,003,000), Valentin Vornicu (2,911,000), Alex Keating (2,626,000), Jared Bleznick (2,568,000), Griffen Benger (2,409,000), 2009 November Niner Antoine Saout (2,283,000), 2010 Card Player Player of the Year Tom Marchese (2,108,000) and Anthony Gregg (2,013,000).

Two former ‘last women standing’ are still in with a shot at being the last player standing. Gaelle Baumann, who finished 10th in this event in 2012, ended the day with 1,791,000. Maria Ho, who has been the last female left in this event twice, held the chip lead at one point early on day 4. She will enter day 5 with 691,000.

While the remaining field is stacked with accomplished poker pros, plenty of big names hit the rail on day 4 including 1983 main event champion Tom McEvoy (644th – $18,714), Card Player columnists Matt Matros (712th – $17,232) and Gavin Griffin (505th – $22,648), three-time bracelet winner Antonio Esfandiari (449th – $25,235) two-time WSOP bracelet winner and Card Player publisher Barry Shulman (469th – $25,235), 2015 Colossus champion Cord Garcia (376th – $28,356), Jamie Kerstetter (325th – $32,130), bracelet winner and Twitch poker streamer Jason Somerville (320th – $32,130), former November Niner Eoghan O’Dea (276th – $36,708) and Steve O’Dwyer (261st – $36,708).

World champs Greg Raymer and Ryan RiessAs the night wound down 2013 World Series of Poker main event champion Ryan Riess was eliminated, losing most of his stack in a race with AHeart SuitKClub Suit against an Mark Mitzel’s pocket threes to be left with only four big blinds. Riess spent most of the day sitting directly to the left of 2004 world champion Greg Raymer, who survived the day with 992,000. Raymer and two-time main event winner Johnny Chan are now the only players in with a chance to repeat in this tournament. Chan, who won back-to-back main events in 1987 and 1988, bagged up 968,000.

Here is a look at the top ten stacks heading into day 5:

Rank Player Chip Count
1 Bryan Piccioli 4,026,000
2 Daniel Colman 3,711,000
3 Thomas Miller 3,684,000
4 Pierre Merlin 3,396,000
5 Farhad Jamasi 3,380,000
6 Goran Mandic 3,216,000
7 Adi Abugazal 3,180,000
8 Daniel Zack 3,085,000
9 Melanie Weisner 3,078,000
10 Tom Middleton 3,025,000

For a complete listing of the 251 remaining stacks please click here.

For more coverage from the summer series, visit the 2016 WSOP landing page complete with a full schedule, news, player interviews and event recaps.