DAY FIVE: 2 PM HEADLINES
WSOP Main Event Championship -- 231 Players Remaining!
All Remaining Players Guaranteed $44,655 Payout
Paul Volpe Still on Top as Chip Leader – First Player to Cross 3-Million Mark
Notable Day Five Eliminations Include – John Juanda, Eric Cloutier, Maurice Hawkins
1981 Runner-Up Perry Green Performs “Shuffle Up and Deal” Honors
Note: There are 231 players still remaining in the 2012 WSOP Main Event Championship. UNOFFICIAL CHIP COUNTS are available on WSOP.com. The current chip leader is Paul Volpe with just over 3,100,000 (estimated count). He began the day with 2,750,000.
MAIN EVENT FIELD TRIMMED FROM 282 DOWN TO 231
Fifty-one more players are gone. Over the course of the first two hours of Day Five, the field size shrank from 282 down to 231. Tournament officials expect the end-of-day survivor count to be around 100 players.
PAUL VOLPE STILL THE CHIP LEADER
Paul Volpe is a professional poker player from West Chester, PA – which is just south of Philadelphia. He has eight WSOP cashes on his resume (nine -- with this guaranteed finish), and about $114,000 in WSOP earnings. Volpe remains as the player to beat at the moment. He’s the current chip leader of the Main Event with about 3,100,000 in chips (unofficial).
NOTABLE PLAYERS REMAINING (TOP HALF OF FIELD):
The highest-ranked female is Elisabeth Hille (Bergen, Norway) in 10th place.
2010 November Niner Joseph Cheong ranks 5th.
2009 November Niner Eric Buchman ranks 6th.
Gold bracelet winner Erik Cajelais ranks 8th.
Two-time gold bracelet winner Vanessa Selbst ranks 16th.
Gold bracelet winner David “ODB” Baker ranks 20th.
Gold bracelet winner John Phan ranks 38th.
Top poker pro Andrew Lichtenberger ranks 45th.
Gold bracelet winner Gavin Smith ranks 53rd
2011 November Niner Sam Holden ranks 56th.
A.J. Jejelowo, who had the chip lead during Day Three, ranks 60th.
English two-time gold bracelet winner J.P. Kelly ranks 105th.
237th: John Juanda
251st: Jared Hamby
257th: Jesse Martin
271st: Maurice Hawkins
PERRY GREEN PERFORMS DAY FIVE “SHUFFLE UP AND DEAL”
Perry Green is the most senior player remaining in the Main Event. At age 76, Green is still very much in contention for the Championship. Green – a three-time WSOP gold bracelet winner -- is best remembered as the runner up to the late great Stu Ungar in the 1981 WSOP Main Event. Green is making his deepest run since then, some 31 years later. Green performed the traditional “Shuffle Up and Deal” announcement prior to the start of Day Five. He thanked two people during his announcement – Jack Binion and his wife of 56 years, who was at his side.
NEXT UPDATE: SATURDAY – 6:30 PM (DAY FIVE DINNER BREAK)
-- by Nolan Dalla