Wed, Jul 17, 2:24am by Kevin Pitstock
Heading into Day 7 of the World Series of Poker Main Event Championship, 27 players remain. The night session was ended earlier than expected, as just enough players remain to fill three full tables. Tomorrow is the day when we reach the final table. When tomorrow is finished, we’ll know which 9 poker players will return in November to decide who is the ultimate winner and WSOP Main Event Champion.
The chip leader at the moment is Anton Morgenstern, who holds over $21,000,000 in chips. In fact, Morgenstern has nearly $8,000,000 than his next closest competitor. Anton Morgenstern is a relative unknown. He is a 22 year old German who qualified through a prominent online poker site known for sending people to the WSOP Main Event.
Anton Morgenstern hasn’t lost money since Day 4 and simply continues to roll over opponents these past two days. The pressure goes up tomorrow and fortune is notoriously fickle in a poker tournament, but no one is likely to want to tangle with the big stack this close to the final table. With 27 players remaining and only 9 spots open for the final table, which would provide months of poker publicity, many of the smaller stacks are going to be likely to get out of the way anytime Anton Morgenstern gets in a pot tomorrow.
Among those remaining, only Carlos Mortensen of Alicante, Spain has won a WSOP Main Event Championship. Mortensen, who is often combined Danish and Spanish descent, is the only Hispanic poker player to win the main event.
More important for this year’s competition, he won the 2001 Main Event against a stacked field of competitors. In a time when the main event had far fewer amateurs, the final table in 2001 included top professional players such as Phil Hellmuth, Phil Gordon, Mike Matusow, and Dewey Tomko. Mortensen won the event, so he understands how to play under world class pressure. With 27 players remaining, Carlos Mortensen has the 6th most chips, and he’s one of six players remaining with more than $10,000,000 in his stack.
J.C. Tran, a Vietnamese-American player with 2 WSOP bracelets to his credit, sits in 4th place with nearly $12,000,000 in chips. The Sacramento, California native’s previous best finish at a main event was 108th back in 2009. JC Tran was the WPT Player of the Year for the 2006-2007 season of the World Poker Tour.
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