We are now 10 days in since the start of the prestigious 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event and just 378 players remain for today’s Day 5.
While only about 7% of the original field of 6865 players was made up of Canadian players, more than our fair share are shining at the game over the last few days; 2 of the top ten chip counts are occupied by some of own, with Edmonton Alberta’s Kyle Johnson in 7th and Waterloo’s Matthew Kay just behind him in the 8th spot. Quebec’s David Barter, with his friends and fans on both sides of the country, has also been at the top of the pack since the beginning of Day 4, now just outside the top ten in 11th. All three of these players have 1.6 million chips or better, roughly more than three times the current average stack.
Also well ahead of middle ground and over the $1,000,000 mark are Quebec’s Marc McLaughlin, Ontario 2010 WSOP No Limit Hold’em bracelet winner Aadam Daya, British Columbia’s Tri Huynh and Calgary’s Khoa Nguyen. All three are in the top 50, not a bad spot to be sitting in with large pay jumps ahead as more and more short stacks are eliminated.
Perhaps two of the most familiar faces in poker were at risk of being eliminated just before the money bubble, during play on Day 4. One survived and one did not, emptying out some of the fans watching the events unfold; Phil Hellmuth was eliminated with a Main Event cash just in site, while Toronto’s Daniel Negreanu found a much needed double up during hand for hand play, keeping the momentum going and finishing the day with an above average stack of 619,000.
There is nothing left Phil can do before WSOP Europe except pray that Ben Lamb doesn’t overtake him in the Player of The Year race with a huge cash here, though it doesn’t look good with Ben already having proven to be one of the top performers on everyday of the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Championship.
Ontario has a few more top professionals besides Negreanu and Daya in the mix; Peter Jetten sits slightly below average at around 400k while Sorel Mizzi found one of the “heaters” he is well known for and nearly at 650,000.
Edmonton is definitely well represented in the top half of the counts; besides Johnson, Janet Callaway currently sits in 97th spot with nearly 700,000 chips and Samuel Ngai has passed the half million mark. Cortland (Corey) Mcjannet is below average, but also still in it to win it.
British Columbia has Michele Koerner poised for a huge payday; consistently chipping up and sitting in 100th with 688,000. Jody Howe of Delta is approaching the top 100 as well, just a nice sized pot away in 134th.
Saskatchewan’s newest hometown poker hero Tyler Bonkowski is going to be adding more to his swelled bankroll after already winning a bracelet this year; also onto Day 5 but with work ahead of him, Tyler has just over 300,000 in tournament chips. Saskatoon’s Sol Bergren fairs slightly better, over 400,000 to start today.
Manitoba won’t be with-out a Main Event cash as Winnipeg’s Jonathan Pinx still has a chip and a chair, now guaranteed $30,974 for his efforts. Pinx will need at least a double up soon however, if wants to give himself a raise to the next pay jump of over $35,000, so good luck to him!
When play ended last night, blinds and antes were at 4000/8000/1000, so it looks like today will cost about T25,000 an orbit when play begins, for those looking to evaluate the current chip stacks.
Good Luck to all our players today from CanadaPoker.com; go get that bracelet!