2012 WSOP MAIN EVENT CHAMPIONSHIP:  END OF DAY FIVE UPDATE
 
Photo Caption:  Five days….five different chip leaders.  In fact, the chip lead changed at least six times on this day as players jockeyed for position on the leaderboard.  Currently atop of the standings is Kyle Keranen, from Las Vegas. -- Photo by Jay WhoJedi Neunem
 

END OF DAY FIVE HEADLINES

2012 WSOP Main Event Championship -- 97 Players Remaining!
 
All Surviving Players Guaranteed $62,021 Payout
 
New Chip Leader!  Again! – Kyle Keranen Steps into the Spotlight
 
Notable Day Five Eliminations Include – John Juanda, Daniel Negreanu, Perry Green, Actor Kevin Pollak

Note:  There are 97 players still remaining in the 2012 WSOP Main Event Championship.  OFFICIAL CHIP COUNTS are available on WSOP.com.  The current chip leader is Kyle Keranen with 6,935,000.  Robert Salaburu ranks in second place with 6,195,000.  Here is a glance at the top ten:

1. Kyle Keranen - 6,935,000
2. Robert Salabru - 6,195,000
3. Taylor Paur - 5,820,000
4. Erik Hellman - 4,715,000
5. Wilfried Haerig - 4,505,000 
6. Shahriar Assareh - 4,395,000
7. Chales Coultas - 4,015,000
8. Gaelle Baumann - 3,980,000
9. Fabrizio Gonzalez - 3,935,000
10. Nicco Maag - 3,895,000


MAIN EVENT FIELD TRIMMED FROM 282 DOWN TO 97

Nearly two-hundred more players are now gone.  The Day Five session did not end well for nearly two-thirds of the field that started the session – as the tournament was trimmed from 282 players down to just 97 survivors.  Tournament officials expect Sunday’s session to play from 97 down to 27, though the plan is to play five full levels of action, not to play to a specific number of players/
 

WHAT MAKING THE TOP 100 MEANS

Think of it this way: If a player plays the WSOP Main Event Championship every single year of eligibility (age 21 to death), that means the player will theoretically make it into the top 100 players just once.  That’s right – one time.  Consider that if 6,000 players enter the championship each and every year (most certainly a low number, based on the five-year average) there is a 1 in 60 chance of making the top 100 players.  If a player were to play for sixty straight years, then he or she would only make the top 100 once!  So, each of the remaining players is truly experiencing the thrill of a lifetime.
 
NOTABLE PLAYERS REMAINING:

Gaelle Baumann (France), who was chip leader after Day Two, ranks in 8th place.  She is the top-ranked female player at the moment with 3,980,000

A.J. Jejelowo (USA), who had the chip lead during Day Three, ranks 19th with 3,340,000

Paul Volpe (USA), who had the chip lead during Day Four, ranks 20th with 3,250,000

Roland “Speedy” Israelashvili (USA), who is one of the WSOP’s most prolific cashers the past three years, ranks 24th with 2,850,000

2009 November Niner Eric Buchman (USA) ranks 39th with 1,930,000

Gold bracelet winner David “ODB” Baker ranks 40th with 1,910,000

Gold bracelet winner Erik Cajelais ranks 67th with 1,205,000

Two-time gold bracelet winner Vanessa Selbst ranks 69th with 1,615,000

Gold bracelet winner Leo Wolpert ranks 78th with 940,000

2011 November Niner Sam Holden ranks 86th with 765,000

Gold bracelet winner Gavin Smith ranks 91st with 675,000

 NOTABLE PLAYERS WHO BUSTED ON DAY FIVE

Top Dutch player Marcel Luske – finished 102nd

2010 November Niner Joseph Cheong -- finished 117th

Actor Kevin Pollak – finished 134th

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


For more information on the action from Day 5, please check out the afternoon update and dinner break update as well.

NEXT UPDATE:  SUNDAY – 2:00 PM (FIRST BREAK REPORT)

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-- by Nolan Dalla