2015 WSOP Main Event: Day 4 Winners And LosersJuly 12, 2015 11:58 am
From an original starting field of 6,420, Day 4 of the WSOP Main Event saw the 661 players still remaining in the competition whittled down to just 237 survivors, all of whom have guaranteed themselves at least a $34,157 return on their initial $10,000 buy-in. Nevertheless, all eyes will firmly be on making it all the way through to the final table where poker immortality, and a $7,680,021 payday awaits the eventual champion.
Four out of the five former WSOP Main Event winners who started the day ended up on the rail including Jonathan Duhamel (565th), Ryan Riess (426th), Joe Hachem (289th), and Phil Hellmuth (417th) who was eliminated by Daniel Negreanu in a pocket queens versus A-K encounter. As the 14-times bracelet winner later tweeted:
“Great player @RealKidPoker said, “I think we have the same hand” as he called my 4 bet for 250,000 w A-K. Luckily for him I had only Q-Q. And I lost the 650,000 flip. My first flip in 4 days. I only hope I can play this good every year in the @WSOP Main Event. Make no mistake about it @RealKidPoker is one of the greatest poker players on the planet and I LOVE his new attitude and outlook on life.”
Also crashing out on Day 4 was David Sands (468th), JC tran (434th), Phil Laak (412th), Andre Akkari (310th), George Danzer (280th), and Kyle Cartwright (249th).
On the flip side, ending Day 4 as the chip leader was UK player Joe McKeehen (photo) on a 3,122,000 chip stack, followed closely by 2015 WSOP bracelet winners Upeshka De Silva (3,067,000) and Brain Hastings (2,464,000).
The 1993 WSOP Main Event champ Jim Bechtel also made it through (1,125,000), albeit largely unnoticed by the media, and as he later commented: “They finally figured it out, but I think I had to get in about the top 10 in chips before they figured out I was here. But sometimes under the radar is pretty good at a poker table. That’s why I just don’t say anything. I just play, and if they think I’m just an old guy that come off the street to play, that’s fine with me. I don’t need to brag about my former success.”
Amongst the other notable pros with their Main Event hopes still intact is Toby Lewis (1,436,000), Matt Jarvis (1,406,000), Justin Bonomo (1,350,000), Daniel Negreanu (1,335,000), Pierre Neuville (956,000), Matt Glantz (802,000), Jake Cody (764,000), Christian Harder (648,000), Vitaly Lunkin (433,000), Men Nguyen (373,000), Dan O’Brien (218,000), and Antonio Esfandiari (195,000).
Day 5 is scheduled to get underway at 12pm on Sunday when the surviving players will move a step closer to the prestigious championship bracelet.