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WSOP -- Day 5 of the Main Event

Just 185 Players Remain as Warren Zackey Takes the Chip Lead and Tom Schneider Holds More Than 3 Million


The tournament staff at the World Series of Poker $10,000 no-limit hold’em main event made the decision to end day 5 of the tournament early for the second night in a row. There were 407 players when play began at noon PDT, and by the end of the third level for the day (level 20 –- 6,000-12,000 blinds with the average stack at 1,053,051) just 185 remained in action. Leading the way is Warren Zackey, who clocked in at 4,977,000. First and foremost, here is a look at the top 10 chip counts:

1. Warren Zackey – 4,872,000
2. Kasper Cordes – 4,352,000
3. Darvin Moon – 3,218,000
4. Tom Schneider – 3,168,000
5. Bernhard Perner – 3,022,000
6. Miika Puumalainen – 2,894,000
7. Matt Affleck – 2,882,000
8. Charlie Elias – 2,780,000
9. James Akenhead – 2,692,000
10. Steven Begleiter – 2,630,000

Card Player’s Jeff Shulman is still in the hunt, with 1,266,000.

Other professionals that are still in the mix and have really increased the excitement at this late hour of the main event by still being alive include Phil Ivey, Bertrand Grospellier, Noah Boeken, Eugene Katchalov, Ludovic Lacay, Jordan Morgan, Theo Tran, Blair Hinkle, Joe Sebok, Joe Hachem, Peter Eastgate, Dennis Phillips, David Benyamine, Antonio Esfandiari, Lou Diamond Phillips, J.C. Tran, and Jeff Shulman.

NOTE: A full, official chip count list will be posted later tonight when it is released by the World Series of Poker.

The notable players that have unfortunately exited the field during the short day 5 included David Fox, Nick Schulman, Kevin O’Donnell, Mickey Mills, Markus Gonsalves, Tony Cavezza, Cornel Cimpan, Kyle Bowker, Andy Black, Kara Scott, Dan Harrington, Dan Shak, Jordan Rich, Rolf Slotboom, Nick Binger, Bobby Baldwin, Kevin Saul, Burt Boutin, David Levi, CK Hua, Sorel Mizzi, Thor Hansen, and Vitaly Lunkin. Lunkin cashed in 316th place ($29,911), adding a nice, final punctuation point to an impressive summer that saw him win the $40,000 no-limit hold’em event and finish in fourth place in the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. World Championship.

Cards will get into the air for day 6 tomorrow at noon PDT, so be sure to check back in and follow all of the action. Here is a look at the highlights for day 4, as featured in’s live updates:

Nicholle Peppe Takes A Massive 2.5 Million Pot Off Lutz

On a flop of 10Club Suit 9Diamond Suit 7Heart Suit, Tom Lutz bet 300,000 and Nicholle Peppe shoved for 1,099,000. Lutz made the call and the hands were turned over.

Lutz: 10Diamond Suit 8Diamond Suit
Peppe: 9Club Suit 7Club Suit

Lutz gambled with his top pair and open-ended straight draw, but the turn was the 4Club Suit and the river was the 2Spade Suit. Peppe doubled up in the biggest pot of the tournament so far. She was at 2.7 million, while Lutz dropped to a still respectable 1.16 million.

James AkenheadAkenhead’s Kings Give Him the Chip Lead

Eracles Panayiotous raised to 26,000 and was three-bet by James Akenhead to 80,000. Panayiotous made the call and the flop fell QDiamond Suit 7Spade Suit 3Spade Suit. Akenhead bet 130,000 and was called.

The turn was the 8Club Suit and Akenhead bet 190,000, which was met with a raise to 430,000 from Panayiotous. Akenhead eventually made the call and the KClub Suit fell on the river. Akenhead checked and Panayiotous moved all in for about 800,000. Akenhead instantly made the call and tabled the KDiamond Suit KSpade Suit, giving him top set and his opponent turned over 6Club Suit 4Spade Suit, for an absolute air ball.

Akenhead now has over 3,000,000 in chips and is the new chip leader for the tournament.

Dan HarringtonAction Dan Gets Caught Bluffing, Then Gets Shown The Door

On the turn, with over 400,000 in the pot already, the board read AHeart Suit KSpade Suit 10Club Suit KHeart Suit, both Dan Harrington and Charlie Elias checked and watched the 3Diamond Suit fall on the river.

Harrington then bet 350,000 on the river and Elias went into the tank for several minutes. After a while, Elias cut out the call and Harrington acknowledged the fact that Elias made a good call. Harrington tabled 9Spade Suit 8Spade Suit and Elias turned up QDiamond Suit QHeart Suit.

A few hands later, the flop was KSpade Suit 9Club Suit 2Club Suit and Eric Cloutier fired 180,000. Harrington moved in for 345,000 and the call was made. Cloutier held ADiamond Suit KHeart Suit, while Harrington was drawing live with AClub Suit QClub Suit. The turn was the 3Diamond Suit and the river was the 7Spade Suit, and Harrington could not make his flush, resulting in his elimination. He exited the Amazon Room to a standing ovation.

Tom LutzTom Lutz Gets Involved In Another Monster Pot, Gets Busted

Tom Lutz got involved in the biggest pot of the tournament during the last level, totaling 2.5 million. He just broke that record on his bustout hand.

After a flop of 9Club Suit 6Club Suit 3Diamond Suit, Tom Lutz and Warren Zackey got in a raising war that ended up with Lutz being all in for 1.85 million. Zackey had Lutz covered and tabled 10Club Suit 10Diamond Suit. Lutz was drawing with two overcards, AClub Suit QClub Suit.

The turn was the 8Diamond Suit and the river was the 5Spade Suit, missing Lutz and giving the massive 3.7 million pot to Zackey. Lutz was out and Zackey was at 4.15 million.

Zackey Continuing Hot Run of Cards

With 300,000 already found in the pot on a flop of QHeart Suit QSpade Suit 3Spade Suit, Warren Zackey bet 175,00 and Kyle Wilson, also known as “Krisqueen” online, moved all in for his remaining 775,000. Zackey made the call.

Wilson showed JSpade Suit JHeart Suit and was behind the QDiamond Suit 10Diamond Suit that Zackey held. The turn was the 7Club Suit and the river was the KSpade Suit, giving Zackey the pot and increasing his stack to 4,700,000.

Nick Schulman Busts

Marc Etienne McLaughlin raised to 28,000 from the cutoff and Nick Schulman repopped to 96,000 from the button. McLaughlin put Schulman all in and the call was made. McLaughlin showed ADiamond Suit KSpade Suit while Schulman showed AClub SuitQ Spade Suit.

The board ran out 8Club Suit 4Diamond Suit 2Heart Suit KHeart Suit 10Diamond Suit and Schulman was eliminated.