2017 WSOP Main Event: Day 6 Winners And LosersJuly 17, 2017 10:02 am
Day 6 of the 2017 WSOP Main Event saw 85 runners return to the Rio, but by the end of a full day of play just 27 remained, all of whom are now guaranteed at least $263,532 for making it thus far. Of course, the players will instead be focussed upon winning the tournament and collecting a first-place prize worth $8,150,000, and those competitors surviving Day 7 will have exactly that opportunity, after having first enjoyed a two-day break.
Leading the chip counts going into Day 7 will be WSOP bracelet holder Christian Pham (photo), who entered the Main Event via a $575 satellite, and is now sitting on a 31,440,000 stack. Later commenting as to his progress so far, the Minnesota pro said:
“It’s the hope of every poker player, we go to the final table, or we go the top 27, 18, something like that. And now, my dream come true. I’m very happy about that.”
Situated close behind Pham is Valentin Messina (28,590,000), Jack Sinclair (27,535,000), and Ben Lamb (25,685,000), the latter of whom is just one of three former November Niners to still be in contention. Elaborating on his approach going into Day 7, Lamb stated:
“I don’t care about the final table. I want to win the whole damn thing.” I’m going to go home and watch Game of Thrones, and then watch a little tape of today.”
Meanwhile, France’s Antoine Saout (9,945,000) and the USA’s Michael Ruane (9,340,000) complete the trio of past November Niners, having both finished the Main Event in third place in 2009 and 2016 respectively.
Other notables also making it through the day includes Bryan Piccioli (14,500,000), Benjamin Pollack (8,870,000), Jake Bazely (3,915,000) and Marcel “The Flying Dutchman” Luske (2,990,000).
Amongst the 58 players to hit the rail throughout the day was Kenny Hallaert in 64th ($101,444), Connor Drinan in 56th ($121,188), Max Silver in 45th ($176,399), Dario Sammartino in 43rd ($176,399), and Brandon Meyers in 42nd ($176,399).
The action will get underway later today at 11:00 a.m. local time, with any player making the final table guaranteed at least $1,000,000 for their incredible efforts, as well as a shot at the title.