2015 WSOP Main Event: Day 5 Winners And LosersJuly 13, 2015 12:39 pm
Day 5 of the 2015 WSOP Main Event saw 237 players return to the Rio Convention Center to continue their pursuit for poker immortality, and after almost 13 hours of intense action just 69 competitors remained, all of whom have now guaranteed themselves a minimum $96,445 return on their initial $10,000 buy-in. While a number of notable players were eliminated on the day, the showcase event still features a plethora of top pros, 27 of whom hail from outside the US.
Throughout Day 5 a total of 168 players hit the rail, including Men Nguyen (211th), Christian Harder (196th), Ryan D’Angelo (188th), Antonio Esfandiari (168th), 2011 WSOPE ME champ Elio Fox (163rd), Matt Glantz (146th), Jake Cody (113th), Matt Waxman (75th) and 1993 WSOP main event champion Jim Bechtel (121st place). Also hitting the rail was Dan O’Brien in 186th ($40,433), after which he tweeted:
“Started spinning early but came to a vicious halt when I squeezed QQ all-in into the AA of a sneaky @JustinBonomo #TonyaHarding #WSOPME.. Busted 186th for $40k. Thanks for the support all summer and good luck to friends still in. It was a lot of fun. See ya next year #WSOP.”
Ending Day 5 as the chip leader is Pierre Neuville (photo) on a 7.105 million stack, with the 72-year-old Belgium player already boasting $2,195,160 in lifetime earnings. Neuville is followed closely by US pro David Stefanski (6,480,000), and also in the top ten chip counts is 2011 WSOP bracelet winner Matt Jarvis, and 3-times bracelet winner Brian Hastings (4,740,000).
Other notable players in the field include Andrew Moreno (5,320,000), Max Steinberg (4,285,000), Anton Morgenstern (4,200,000), Justin Schwartz (3,495,000), Toby Lewis (2,645,000), Fedor Holz (1,945,000), and 2015 bracelet winner Upeshka De Silva (1,750,000).
Canadian poker Hall of Famer Daniel Negreanu also progressed on a 3.62 million stack, with this year’s performance representing his 5th WSOP Main Event cash, his previous results including in 2001 finishing 11th ($63,940), in 2006 finishing 229th ($42,882), in 2011 finishing 211th ($47,107), and in 2012 finishing 160th ($52,718). Commenting on this year’s run, the Canadian pro explained:
“This deep run would mean a lot more to me [than in 2001]. Back then, I wasn’t ready to win anyway. I was chip leader with 12 left, and I made a play with a hand that I would never play the same way today. I played it like a young kid.” Before adding; “To still be around competing with the game’s best is something I’m definitely proud of. It makes me believe that no matter how old I get, the game’s going to evolve and change, but I’m the competitive spirit that’s going to evolve and change with it.”