2010 WSOP Main Event Day 5 Recap - Field Shrinks As Johnny Chan Chips Up
Day 5 of the 2010 WSOP Main Event began Wednesday with 574 players returning, all in the money and looking to make a push to the final table.
Tony Dunst started the day as chip leader, but one of the big stories of this WSOP Main Event has been the Mizrachi brothers.
All four cashed with Eric busting yesterday with a min-cash. Michael, Robert, and Danny were all still in the hunt. Soon, the question became whether there would be more women advancing into Day 6 or more Mizrachis.
The Mizrachis actually won that bet.
Danny busted during Day 5 play, but Michael moved up to the top 20 in chips, ending the day with just over 1.79 million. Robert finished the day around 270,000 in chips.
Only one woman remains in this field after Day 5. Several women entered Day 5 play, including Vanessa Selbst and Lauren Kling. However, it was Breeze Zuckerman that finished the day just under average at 1 million in chips.
Other players that bit the dust on Day 5 were Dwyte Pilgrim, Simon Watt, Hoyt Corkins, Vitaly Lunkin, Jason DeWitt, Sammy Farha, Steve Bilirakis and Praz Banzi.
Crowd favorite and 1998 Main Event champion Scotty Nguyen was eliminated at the end of Day 5. He had a roller coaster ride that saw him short, move back up to 1 million in chips, and then out the door.
His final hand saw him move all-in with As-Js against Mads Wissing who was holding pocket kings. Scotty would turn a straight draw, but the river failed to bring a king or an ace and it was all over baby.
On the flip side, the big story of this Main Event continues. Johnny Chan is sitting 10th in chips after Day 5 with over 2.55 million.
Joining him in the top 10 is Alexander Kostritsyn who has 2.56 million. Evan Lamprea is the current chip leader at 3.569 million. Johnny Lodden, Phil Galfond, and Scott Clements are also at or above average in chips and each are looking to make their own moves on Day 6.
206 players survived Day 5 play and will return on Thursday. Thoughts of the final table and poker immortality are beginning to legitimately crop up in many players minds, and Day 6 should start to separate the contenders from the pretenders.
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