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Just 380 Players Remain After Day 4 Of The 2022 World Series of Poker Main Event

Taylor von Kriegenbergh, Dan Colpoys and Aaron Mermelstein Are Among The Top Five Stacks In The Field


There are now just 380 players remaining in the 2022 World Series of Poker main event, and one of them is less than a week away from emerging victorious with the championship bracelet and this year’s top prize of $10,000,0000.

The massive turnout of 8,663 entries (the second-largest field in the tournament’s history)has been narrowed down to fewer than 400 players after the completion of day 4. World Poker Tour champion Taylor von Kriegenbergh will enter day 5 as the outright leader with 5,305,000 (212 big blinds). Joining him near the top of the leaderboard are seasoned poker pro Daniel Colpoys (4,835,000) and two-time WPT winner Aaron Mermelstein (4,285,000).

The remaining players have already locked up at least $36,000 by surviving this far. Of course, everyone still in will have their eyes on the final table which is now just a few days from being determined. The top eight finishers will earn seven figures in this tournament, with the top five set to become multi-millionaires.

Koray AldemirThere are only two prior winners of this event with a chance at becoming two-time world champions: Koray Aldemir (1,285,000) and Damian Salas (2,355,000). The 2021 and 2020 champions are now among the final five percent of this year’s field. Former champions Chris Moneymaker (2003, Greg Merson (2012), Ryan Riess (2013), and John Cynn (2018) were all eliminated during day 4 action.

Other big names to survive to day 5 with healthy stacks included two-time bracelet winner Yuliyan Kolev (3,500,000), WPT champion Rok Gostista (3,225,000), bracelet winner Gabi Livshitz (2,945,000), bracelet winner Michael Moncek (2,900,000), Ali Imsirovic (2,340,000), and Michael Rocco (2,235,000).

A number of accomplished female players are still in contention, including Shelby Wells (3,840,000), two-time bracelet winner Loni Hui (1,900,000), Daniela Rodriguez (760,000), 2012 WSOP main event 10th-place finisher Gaelle Baumann (665,000), and Angela Jordison (500,000).

Bracelet winner Dan Smith surged up the leaderboard late in the day, only to run pocket queens into pocket aces during the final level to end with a short stack of 390,000. The eighth-ranked player on poker’s all-time money list will look to spin back up on day 5.

Plenty of notables were eliminated during day 4 action, including two-time bracelet winner Barry Shulman, two-time bracelet winner Jason DeWitt, WSOP Europe main event winner Alexandros Kolonias, bracelet winner Leo Soma, this year’s WSOP short deck championship winner Shota Nakanishi, super seniors bracelet winner Mike Eskandari, two-time bracelet winner Martin Zamani, three-time bracelet winner Phillip Hui, and four-time bracelet winner Mike Matusow.

Matusow’s run came to an end in dramatic fashion, with him betting ace high on the river and then three-bet shoving as a bluff when Mikolaj Zawadzki raised with his rivered flush on a paired board. Zawadzki went into the tank, but ultimately made the call to send Matusow to the rail in 677th place ($21,000).

Day 4 began with 1,299 players and ended with 380. Day 5 is set to begin at noon on Monday, July 11, with the night likely to end with just more than 100 remaining.

Here is a look at the payouts and rankings points awarded at the final table:

Rank Player Chips
1 Taylor von Kriegenbergh 5,305,000
2 Dan Colpoys 4,835,000
3 Johan Schumacher 4,600,000
4 Aaron Mermelstein 4,285,000
5 Victor Li 4,200,000
6 Rafael Mota 4,050,000
7 Carlos Leiva 3,860,000
8 Shelby Wells 3,840,000
9 Jorge Hou 3,800,000
10 Dingxiang Ong 3,630,000

Click HERE for a full listing of the chips counts after day 4.

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