Build or Bust

July 12, 2008 - 12:48:18 AM EST  | 

Build or Bust
Day 4 is often referred to as "moving day" at the World Series of Poker Main Event. Everyone in the tournament is guaranteed to leave with some profit, so the pressure to make the money is off and the objective for many is to build a big stack or bust out trying.

Today at the 2008 Main Event, the "chip up or go home" atmosphere saw more than half the 474-player field hit the rail before the dinner break, while some of the games biggest stars climbed the leaderboard in pursuit of a seat at the most coveted final table in all of poker.

Allen Cunningham was one of the big movers in the first half of Day 4, more than tripling his starting stack and moving into the top 20 on the leaderboard. The 31-year-old pro has been one of the most successful players at the WSOP in the past few years and has the added advantage of having navigated his way to the final table of the 2006 Main Event, the only live tournament in history larger than this year's Main Event.

Gus Hansen also had a great start on Day 4, climbing from 355,000 to more than 1.3 million at the dinner break. Hansen won a massive pot right before break and is now among the chip leaders.

Other notable big stacks include Alex Outhred, Dave Benefield, Chino Rheem, Victor Ramdin, Owen Crowe, Mark Vos, Shawn Sheikhan and Jeremiah Smith, all of whom have more than 1 million chips.

Not at the top of the leaderboard but still very much alive are Mike Matusow, Lou Esposito, Jeff Madsen, Hoyt Corkins, Phil Hellmuth and Steve Billirakis.

Early Day 4 casualties include Johnny Chan, Evelyn Ng, Jean-Robert Bellande, Jon Turner, Tim West, Dag Martin Mikkelsen, Robert Mizrachi, Cliff Josephy and the last remaining player from the 2007 Main Event final table, Hevad Khan.

When the 216 remaining players come back from dinner the overwhelming chip leader will be Jeremy Joseph. The 23-year-old started the day as the leader and has been spinning players left and right, increasing his stack to 2.8 million, about a million more than second placed Brandon Cantu.

At this point all remaining players are guaranteed a pay out of at least $38,600.

Check out WorldSeriesofPoker.com's Chip Counts, Live Updates and Photos from the 2008 WSOP Main Event.


 
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