Bach Leads, Lamb Stalks, Negreanu Bows Out
The "Gunslinger" David Bach is the chip leader after a wild Day 5 at the 2011 WSOP Main Event, but a ton of big names, including WSOP destroyer Ben Lamb, are breathing heavily down his neck.
Unfortunately for Daniel Negreanu, he isn't one of them.
Daniel Negreanu's Epic Run Ends on Cooler
Daniel Negreanu came into Day 5 of the Main Event with around 619k in chips ad looked to continue his run from Day 4.
Unfortunately, Daniel's day saw nothing but loss after loss as his stack was decimated down to under 100k.
Finally, he was all-in with pocket tens and ahead the Ad-7d of Rupert Elder.
Elder would spike an ace to send one of poker's biggest ambassadors to the rail.
Claudia Crawford Leads Final Three Women
Claudia Crawford finished Day 5 with 1.88 million and is the chip leader among the final three ladies in the Main Event.
Erika Moutinho is second with 878,000 and Amanda Musumeci is the short stack among the women with 738k.
Crawford knocked out Matt Stout on Day 5 to put herself over 2 million in chips, but slipped towards the end of the day.
Musumeci was up to 1.4 million at one point but saw her stack cut in half to end the day.
Crawford and Musumeci are professional poker players while Moutinho is just beginning to find her game.
Crawford is the girlfriend of pro Gabe Costner and Moutinho is the girlfriend of pro David Sands.
David Bach Wins With Combination of Big Hands and Big Luck
David Bach had another big day on the felt and got lucky at the right times to move into the chip lead.
He took over the chip lead after knocking out Scott Augustine with pocket queens vs. pocket tens. Bach chipped up more after busting Matt Goldman to sit with almost 3 million.
He then crushed Max Heinzelmann's aces in a huge pot.
Heinzelmann had shoved pre-flop for about 800k and Bach made the call with kings. Heinzelmann had aces and looked to double-up.
Three diamonds hit the flop and Bach was the only player with a diamond.
The turn missed both, but Bach binked a diamond on the river to chip up to 4.706 million and finish the day as the chip leader.
Lamb, Devonshire, Kelly, Cunningham, Lindgren and Cheong All in Contention
Ben Lamb continued his strong run in the Main Event and finished 5th on the day in chips.
Bryan Devonshire is currently 9th in chips with 3.2 million and looking for his first WSOP final table since finishing 2nd in the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Split Event in 2007.
Other players still with a shot at the November Nine include WSOP Circuit National Champion Sam Barnhart, JP Kelly, Tony Hachem, Allen Cunningham, Erick Lindgren and Joseph Cheong.
On Sunday, 142 runners will come back to the Rio for another 10-hour day.
We should get a better idea at that point who the true contenders are for the November Nine as the short stacks get sent packing.
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