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2019 World Series of Poker Main Event Day 5: Timothy Su Leads Final 106 Players

Sam Greenwood, Antonio Esfandiari and Chris Hunichen Among The Largest Stacks Remaining


After five full days of action, there are now just 106 players remaining from the 8,569 that entered the 2019 World Series of Poker main event. The second-largest turnout in the tournament’s history has built a prize pool of $80,548,600, and the remaining players are all now guaranteed at least $59,295. One of the remaining 106 will become this year’s world champion, earning the one-of-a-kind main event gold bracelet and the top prize of $10,000,000.

The runaway chip leader going into day six is Timothy Su (pictured above) with 19,235,000. The Boston native has just $2,467 in prior live tournament earnings, with his biggest score being a 74th-place finish in the 2018 Run It Up Reno $550 main event for $1,080. Su knocked out Brian Yoon late in the day, with his ASpade SuitAClub Suit besting the pocket kings of Yoon to send the three-time bracelet winner to the rail in 111th place. This was Yoon’s second consecutive deep run in the big dance, having finished 41st in 2018 for $189,165.

Sam Greenwood on day 5There are plenty of notables still remaining with a shot at becoming the 2019 main event champion. The second biggest stack in the room belongs to WSOP bracelet winner Sam Greenwood, who ended day 5 with 11,950,000. The Canadian poker pro has more than $18.7 million in career live tournament earnings, with over $5.6 million in cashes so far in 2019 alone.

Other recognizable names still in contention include Warwick Mirzikinian (11,430,000), Romain Lewis (10,600,000), Chad Power (7,480,000), three-time bracelet winner and all-time WSOP earnings leader Antonio Esfandiari (6,630,000), and Chris Hunichen (6,280,000).

Card Player TV caught up with Esfandiari midway through the day to find out how he began his surge up the leaderboard. Check out the video below:

While there are no prior main event winners remaining in the field, 2005 champion Joe Hachem’s son Daniel Hachem is still in contention with 6,765,000.

A total of 248 players were eliminated during day 5, including 2019 bracelet winner Sejin Park (119th – $59,295), Andrew Brokos (125th – $59,295), Todd Witteles (128th – $59,295), Dmitry Yurasov (141st – $59,295), Scott Bohlman (146th – $59,295), three-time bracelet winner Adam Friedman (150th – $59,295), Chance Kornuth (184th – $50,855), Todd Brunson (191st – $50,855), four-time bracelet winner Mike ‘The Mouth’ Matusow (199th – $50,855), Jon Turner (203rd – $50,855), Matt Glantza (205th – $50,855), Joseph Cheong (209th – $50,855), Anthony Spinella (237th – $43,935), Galen Hall (246th – $43,935), and two-time bracelet winner Eric Froehlich (331st – $38,240).

NFL pro-bowler Richard Seymour finished 131stSeven-time National Football League Pro Bowl defensive tackle Richard Seymour finished in 131st place, earning $59,295 and the honor of the highest finish ever in the main event by a former professional athlete from one of the major league sports. Seymour now has more than $575,000 in career live tournament earnings to go along with with 57.5 sacks in the NFL.

From the 350 female entrants in this year’s main event, Jill Bryant made it the farthest. Bryant’s elimination in 116th place ($59,295) means that the WSOP champion will once again be a male player.

Day 6 is set to resume at noon local time on Thursday, July 11, with blinds at 40,000 – 80,000 and a big-blind ante of 80,000 for another hour at level 26.

Here is a look at the top 20 stacks at the end of day 5:

Rank Player Chip Count
1 Timothy Su 19,235,000
2 Sam Greenwood 11,950,000
3 Duey Duong 11,765,000
4 Warwick Mirzikinian 11,430,000
5 Luke Graham 11,280,000
6 Nicholas Marchington 10,835,000
7 Milos Skrbic 10,715,000
8 Romain Lewis 10,600,000
9 Laurids Nielsen 9,955,000
10 Ian Pelz 9,635,000
11 David Guay 9,485,000
12 William Romaine 8,960,000
13 Andy Hwang 8,660,000
14 Zackary Koerper 8,650,000
15 Florian Duta 8,550,000
16 Jiwoon Kim 8,490,000
17 Robert Heidorn 8,400,000
18 Atlee Jones 7,800,000
19 Hiroki Nawa 7,760,000
20 Kevin Maahs 7,630,000

A full list of chip counts can be found HERE.

For more coverage from the summer series, check out the 2019 WSOP landing page, complete with a full schedule, results, news, player interviews, and event recaps.