2012 WSOP MAIN EVENT CHAMPIONSHIP:  END OF DAY SIX

Photo Caption:  Day Six was "moving day."  For Greg Merson (pictured), it was a day where he started with less than a million chips and ended with over 7 million chips.  He is the last 2012 gold bracelet winner left in the field.  For Merson and others the sixth day of play was to the Main Event Championship what the third round of golf is to The Masters.  It's the day when surviving players who made the cut jockey for positions on the leaderboard, in what they hope will be a push towards the final nine.”Sunday was a whacky day for those who tried to follow the poker action.  The chip lead has changed no less than seven times – with Marc-Andre Ladouceur (Montreal, Quebec) coming out on top at the end of the day.  The final three tables of 27 players are now set and will resume action on Monday at 1 pm PST. -- Photo by Joe Giron

 
END OF DAY SIX – 2:00 AM HEADLINES
 
2012 WSOP Main Event Championship – 27 Players Remaining!
 
All Surviving Players Guaranteed $294,601 Payout

Marc-Andre Ladouceur Stands Alone as Chip Leader Entering Day Seven

Ladouceur Hopes to Become Secnd Canadian World Poker Champion in Three Years

Six Nations Represented Among Final 27 Players -- Including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, and the United States

Year of the Woman at the 2012 WSOP? -- Norway’s Elizabeth Hille and France's Gaelle Baumann Both in Top 27

 

DAY SIX OVERVIEW

From a starting field of 6,598 entrants who started what was the fifth-largest live poker tournament in history, only 27 players still remain in the 2012 WSOP Main Event Championship.  OFFICIAL CHIP COUNTS are available on WSOP.com.  The current chip leader is Marc-Andre Ladouceur.  He is the only player currently with more than 15 million in chips.  Only tthree players have more than 10 million -- including Ladouceur, Daniel Strelitz and Roberto Salaburu.
 
 Here is a glance at the top ten players ranked according to chip count:

1 -- Marc-Andre Ladouceur - 15,875,000 -- Montreal, QB (Canada)
2 -- Daniel Strelitz -12,790,000 -- Torrancel. CA (USA)
3 -- Robert Salaburu -10,915,000 -- San Antonio, TX (USA)
4 -- Russell Thomas - 9,985,000 -- Wallingford, PA (USA)
5 -- Elisabeth Hille - 9,770,000 -- Bergen (Norway)
6 -- Yuval Bronshtein - 9,735,000 -- Charleston, SC (USA)
7 -- Jamie Robbins - 8,750,000 -- Portland, OR (USA)
8 -- Robert Corcione - 8,745,000 -- Bellingham, MA (USA)
9 -- Cylus Watson - 8,500,000 -- Madbury, NH (USA)
10 -- Jeremy Ausmus - 8,300,000 -- Las Vegas, NV (USA)
 

CHIP LEADER PROFILE

Name:  Marc-Andre Ladouceur
Hometown:  Montreal, Quebec (Canada)
Age:  29
Profession:  Accountant / Nightclub Owner
Poker Status:  Semi-Professional (primarily online)
Marital Status:  Single
Previous WSOP Experience:  Finished 63rd in 2011 WSOP Main Event Championship
 

DAY SIX ACTION PLAYS FROM 97 STARTERS DOWN TO 27 SURVIVORS
 
Another 70 players are now gone.  The 14-hour session of Day Six reduced the field size from 97 players at the start of the day down to just 70 survivors.  Monday’s session will play from 27 down to the final table of nine players.

DAY SIX -- NOTABLE DEVELOPMENTS

Nicco Maag (Karlsruhe, Germany) had the chip lead five minutes before the Day Six dinner break.  However, the night session was a disaster for the German player.  Although he is still alive, he is ranked in 27th place out of 27 players.

There are three German players still in the field, which is second in number only to the United States.

Amonon Filippi, the longtime tournament poker veteran from New York City, finished in 39th place. 

Fabio Gonzalez (Montevideo, Uruguay) became the highest Main Event finisher in history from the nation of Uruguay -- by finishing 45th in the Main Event.

Gold bracelet winner Leo Wolpert (Fairfax, VA) finished in 50th place.

Sam Holden (Sussex, UK), the last remaining member of last year's November Nine finalists, finished in 55th place.

Gold bracelet winner David "ODB" Baker finished in 56th place.

Daniel Strelitz, from Torrance, CA seized the chip lead moment before the last hand before dinner.  He rocketed to 9 million in chips, becoming the first player to hit that mark.  He ended the day ranked second in chips.
 
Gaelle Baumann (France), who was chip leader after Day Two, currently ranks 20th.  
 
Two female players remain alive – Elizabeth Hille (Norway) and Gaelle Baumann (France).  Early on Day SIx, both Marcia Topp (USA) and Vanessa Selbst (USA) were eliminated.
 
None of the 36 former November Nine finalists remain alive.  Sam Holden (UK) and Eric Buchman (USA) were both eliminated on this day.
 
Two WSOP gold bracelet winners remain alive – Steven Gee, Greg Merson.  Two others were eliminated after the dinner break -- including Leo Wolpert and David “ODB” Baker.  
 
Roman Valerstein, winner of a WSOP Circuit gold ring last season -- busted in 82nd place
 
Gold bracelet winner from Canada Erik Cajelais -- busted in 86th place
 
Ben Greenberg, former chip leader -- busted in 88th place

Gold bracelet winner Gavin Smith -- busted in 96th place.
 
 
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UPDATE:  MONDAY – 2300 PM (DAY SEVEN -- FIRST BREAK UPDATE)