2012 WSOP MAIN EVENT CHAMPIONSHIP: DAY FIVE DINNER BREAK UPDATE
Photo Caption: Four time WSOP gold bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu was eliminated about an hour before the 6:30 pm dinner break. The man who got Negreanu's chips was none other than Hollywood character actor Kevin Pollak on the ESPN Main Stage. Midway through Day Five, the WSOP Main Event is down to 139 players. -- Photo by Jay WhoJediNewnum
DAY FIVE: 6:30 PM HEADLINES
WSOP Main Event Championship -- 139 Players Remaining!
All Remaining Players Guaranteed $52,718 Payout
New Chip Leader! – Kyle Keranen from Tampa, FL
Notable Day Five Eliminations Include – John Juanda, Daniel Negreanu, Freddy Deeb
78-Year-Old 1981 Main Event Runner-Up Perry Green Busts in 152nd Place
Note: There are 139 players still remaining in the 2012 WSOP Main Event Championship. UNOFFICIAL CHIP COUNTS are available on WSOP.com. The current chip leader is Kyle Keranen, from Tampa, FL with about 5,600,000 (estimated count).
MAIN EVENT FIELD TRIMMED FROM 282 DOWN TO 139
More than half the field that started Day Five is now gone. Much like the first level of action, Levels 21 and 22 continued to eliminate players at a steady clip – as the tournament was trimmed from 282 players down to 139 at the dinner break. Tournament officials expect the end-of-day survivor count to be around 100 players.
Unofficial top five chip counts. A complete list of counts is available on WSOP.com:
1. Kyle Keranen - 5,662,000
2. Robert Salaburu - 5,401,000
3. Gaelle Baumann - 4,034,000
4. Erik Hellman - 3,911,000
5. Paul Volpe - 3,866,000
NOTABLE PLAYERS REMAINING (TOP THIRD OF FIELD):
Paul Volpe, the chip leader at the start of the day, is now in 5th place
Gaelle Baumann is the top-ranked female player at the moment, in 3rd place
Joseph Cheong, 21010 November Niner is now in 10th place
Erik Cajelais, gold bracelet winner, is now in 18th place
Eric Buchman, 2009 November Niner, is now in 21st place
David "ODB" Baker, gold bracelet winner, is now in 26th place.
Leo Wolpert, gold bracelet winner, is now in 32nd place
Gavin Smith, gold bracelet winner, is now in 54th place
NOTABLE ELIMINATIONS (DAY FIVE -- PRE-DINNER BREAK)
Sorel Mizzi finished in 151st place
Perry Green, three-time gold bracelet winner, finished in 152nd place
Daniel Negreanu, four-time gold bracelet winner, finished in 160th place
John O'Shea, top Irish poker player, finished 162nd
Dan Shak, high-stakes player and tournament pro, finished in 167th place
Will "Monkey" Souther, a WSOP Circuit tournament grinder, finished in 175th place
J.P. Kelly, two-time gold bracelet winner and top U.K. pro, finished in 203rd place
Freddy Deeb, two-time gold bracelet winner, finished in 211th place
An "The Boss" Tran, gold bracelet winner, finished in 218th place
PERRY GREEN PERFORMS DAY FIVE “SHUFFLE UP AND DEAL”
Perry Green began the day as the most senior player remaining in the Main Event. At age 76, Green was very much in contention. 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. Now, 31 years later Green is still just as competitive. 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. Green exited the tournament in 152nd place.
NEXT UPDATE: SUNDAY – 1:00 AM (DAY FIVE END-OF-DAY REPORT)
-- by Nolan Dalla