Sun, Jul 14, 7:15am by Kevin Pitstock
Wintarna native Jackie Glazier has the 12th most chips among the 68 players remaining in the 44th Annual World Series of Poker Main Event Championship. She is one of two remaining Australians with a chance to win the WSOP championship. Both players are among the top 32 players, so they sit among the top half of the poker players remaining in contention.
Robert Damelian, a car dealership owner from Darling Point, is the other Aussie player still alive after a week of poker. Damelian sits in 32nd place and still sit within striking distance of the tournament leaders.
As the number of contestants dwindle, the chip stacks of the leading card players are starting to increase into the millions. Also, the blinds continue to increase, so it’s more important than ever to maintain a healthy chip stack.
With the tournament at level 25, blinds currently sit at 20000/40000 and the ante bet is at $5,000. Sami Rustom of Diamond Bar, California is the chip leader, holding just over $7,000,000. No other player has over seven million chips.
Jackie Glazier has $4,045,000 chips at the moment, providing her with the 12th most money remaining in the tournament. The Wantirna native placed well in the Ladies Championship last week, but her showing in the world championship provides her with a whole other level of respect. It’s now more than a realistic possibility Glazier will make the final table, though tomorrow is another key day and many players must be getting mentally fatigued by the event.
Robert Damelian of Darling Point, Australia sits at $2,885,000 chips, which is enough to provide him with the 32nd amount of chips. People from the Darling Point area might now the poker player better from his bitter split with his brother, Rick Damelian, over the family’s car dealership business.
Greg Merson, who won the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event, busted out in 150th place. When you consider the field has 6,352 entries, Greg Merson’s ability to get so close to defending his championship is remarkable. Most WSOP champions over the past 10 or 15 years haven’t been able to cash, much less get into the top 150.
Sami Rustom is in first place with $7,005,000 chips. Next is Marc McLaughlin, who holds $6,695,000 chips, so he is only $320,000 chips behind Rustom. Jason Mann of Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada is in third place with $6,580,000 chips, while Maxx Coleman of Wichita, Kansas holds $6,260,000 chips at the moment. These are the only four players over $6 million.
Five players sit between $5 million and $6 million. These players are George Wong, Sylvain Loosli of France, Ryan Riess of Port Austin (USA), Keanu Tabali of Las Vegas, and Matthew Reed of Bowling Green (Kentucky, USA). Among the remaining players, only Chris Lindh and Yevgeniy Timoshenko sit ahead of Jackie Glazier.
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