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2010 WSOP Main Event Day 4 - Money Bubble Bursts, March to Final Table Begins

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Day 4 of the 2010 WSOP Main Event started with 1,203 players looking to make the money. With only 747 of those players getting paid, a lot of work still had to be done.
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Day 4 of the 2010 WSOP Main Event started with 1,203 players looking to make the money. With only 747 of those players getting paid, a lot of work still had to be done.

As players started to fall from the field, several big names busted out short of the money.

Kathy Liebert had been riding the short stack for about 2 days now and was all-in on a 10s-9h-8h flop with Ac-Jh. Her opponent held 10h-6h for top pair and a flush draw. The turn and river both missed Liebert and she was eliminated.

Matt Savage didn't fare much better when he ran A-Q into kings. Annie Duke was all-in with pocket sevens and called by Corwin Cole holding pocket jacks. The board actually filled up, but with tens full of eights. Cole finished with tens full of jacks and Duke was out.

Barry Greenstein is one book lighter. He was all-in with A-Q and Jason Sommerville made the call with A-K. A king on the flop put Greenstein in a deep hole and a turn deuce left him drawing dead.

Dan Harrington was under 100,000 in chips close to the bubble and moved in with Q-J on the turn with the board K-10-Q-7. His opponent held A-J for a broadway straight. Only an ace would save Harrington. The river fell a king, and Dan Harrington was out close to the bubble.

One of the more unusual decisions in WSOP history occurred four spots out of the money. At that point, we normally would go hand for hand. However, Tournament Director Jack Effel decided that players would go on their dinner break. That meant that four players would return from a 90-minute dinner break and leave empty handed.

After dinner break, hand for hand play lasted nearly an hour. One player out of the money, Tim McDonald raised to 30,000 from the button and was called by Ismail Erkenov. The flop fell A-A-2 and McDonald moved all-in for 37,500.

Erkneov insta-called. McDonald held pocket queens and Erkenov turned over A-2 for a flopped full house. The turn fell the 7d and McDonald was the bubble boy of the 2010 WSOP Main Event.

As has been the custom in recent years at the Main, Jack Effel then announced to the crowd that McDonald would receive a free entry to the 2011 Main Event.

Some view this as a "nice gesture," but that is about it. However, last year's bubble boy, Kia Hamadani turned his free ride into this Main Event into a 2011 Main Event cash. He had about 590,000 at the bubble and made Day 5 with about half that.

Once the bubble burst, the bustouts came at a fever pace as expected. Humberto Brenes, Gavin Smith both busted out with a min-cash of $19,263. Frank Kassela capped off his 2010 WSOP with a Main Event cash, just making the 2nd tier payout level and $21,327.

With his cash, Kassela has locked up at least a tie for WSOP Player of the Year. Michael Mizrachi can tie if he wins the Main Event.

Speaking of the Mizrachi brothers, all four of them made the money in the Main Event. Eric busted out in 718th for a min-cash, but the other three brothers are alive going into Day 5 action.

Danny Mizrachi holds 437,000 in chips, Robert Mizrachi has 381,000. and Michael has 241,000.  Average is currently around 380,000, so it is not unreasonable to think all three could make a deep run should the cards fall that way.

Of course, everyone is wondering where Johnny Chan will finish. Chan had another solid day during Day 4, finishing with 1.159 Million in chips.  This is good for 13th on the leader board.

Tony Dunst finished the day as chip leader with 1.546 Million. Phil Galfond, Matthew Jarvis and Theo Jorgensen were also in the top 10 in chips. Scotty Nguyen is sitting with better than average chips with 632,000. Vanessa Selbst appears to be the high woman remaining with 397,000 in chips.

574 players remain after four days of play. These players will return Wednesday to begin the march to the November Nine. A lot of poker is yet to be played, so stay tuned to as we bring you recaps from the 2010 WSOP Main Event.

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