Mon, Jul 17, 1:38pm by Staff Writer
272 females entered the World Series of Poker Main Event this year, which is roughly 3.8% of the field, and while five remained entering the fifth day, unfortunately, they all met their demise.
Kathy Liebert was the most accomplished player among the five who played yesterday, having made six WSOP final tables, and winning one bracelet. She finished 251st for a collect of $40,181.
The next lady to go was Juicy Li, who finished 227th ($40,181), followed by Tracy Nguyen (145th – $53,247) and Jessica Ngu (108th – $53,247). That left Yuan-Yuan Li as the ‘last woman standing.’ She exited the building in 105th place, earning $53,247.
At the end of Day Five, the field has been cut to 85 players, with the list of casualties including former November Niners Matt Giannetti (294th), Chino Rheem (284th). Tom Cannuli (285th), Eoghan O’Dea (172nd) and Jake Balsiger (107th) were also eliminated.
The chip leader is Robin Hegele with 9.99 million. The German player has less than $50,000 in prior live tournament earnings, which means that no matter what happens he has already secured his largest career cash.
Sitting behind him in second place is a recreational player from Alabama, Josh Horton, who has 9.36 million. Horton won the largest pot of the tournament on Saturday night when he had four nines against Jeffrey Rothstein, who had a full house.
2017 WSOP $3,000 six-max limit hold’em bracelet winner Max Silver ended the day in third chip position with 8,665,000. The Brit has over $3.3 million in live tournament earnings and is in prime position to add a healthy amount of money to that number with a deep run in this event.
Chris Ferguson has taken the lead in the race for the Player of the Year, with a small cash in the “Little One” charity event.
Of all the players still alive in the Main Event, only Kenny Hallaert has a chance to overtake Ferguson, but he needs to finish in the top three to do that. This means that this year’s POY race will be settled in the Czech Republic, where 11 WSOP Europe events will take place this Australian spring and summer.
Chip count after Day 5 of the WSOP Main Event
1. Robin Hegele (Munich) 9,990,000
2. Joshua Horton (Fort Payne, Alabama) 9,360,000
3. Max Silver (London) 8,665,000
4. Frank Crivello (San Diego) 8,500,000
5. Damian Salas (Buenos Aires) 8,400,000
6. Daniel Ott (Altoona, Pennsylvania) 8,320,000
7. Karen Sarkisyan (Moscow) 8,270,000
8. Antoine Saout (Paris) 8,260,000
WSOP Player of the Year Standings (as of July 17)
1. Chris Ferguson – 898.46
2. Ryan Hughes – 876.35
3. John Monnette – 865.21
4. John Racener – 853.16
5. Raymond Henson – 768.49
6. Ben Yu – 766.49
7. Alex Foxen – 754.36
8. Daniel Negreanu – 717.76
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