Day 7 of the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event is now complete. The 6,737 entrants have been whittled down to a final table of nine players. They’ll take the traditional 3.5 month hiatus and return for the final table, which will air live on ESPN from October 30 through November 1.
The chip leader heading into the Main Event final table is one of the more famous names in poker – Cliff Josephy, two-time bracelet winner and one of online poker’s original heroes.
He’s followed by an international field that shows the WSOP is truly a global competition. This year’s crop of November Niners hail from Belgium, the Czech Republic, Spain, and Canada, as well as the US.
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The 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event started over a week ago, on Saturday July 9. A total of 6,737 players ponied up the $10,000 entry fee, creating the largest field since 2011. It’s also the fifth-largest Main Event in WSOP history.
The starting field was spread across three Day 1s. Here’s a breakdown of the Day 1 participation
Day 1A – July 9 – 764
Day 1B – July 10 – 1,733
Day 1C – July 11 – 4,240
Day 1C made WSOP history – it’s the largest single-day flight ever for the Main Event. This year’s tournament set another record as well: most players paid. In 2016, virtually all tournaments at the WSOP moved to a new payout structure in which roughly 15 percent of the field is paid out. For the Main Event, that resulted in 1,011 players making the money.
Of the 6,737 entries, 5,099 advanced to Day 2. By the start of Day 3, only 2,186 remained. One of them was defending champion Joe McKeehen. However, he was eliminated on Day 3 just short of the money, and the bubble burst later on Day 3 during Level 16. At the end of that night, only 800 players remained. And by the end of Day 4 there were only 251. As they returned for Day 5, several interested stories had started to emerge:
Perhaps the most talked about story surrounded Johnny Chan, who had the potential to win the Main Event for the third time. Just two players in WSOP history have even won the title three times. Johnny Moss accomplished the feat in 1970 (based on a vote of the players), 1971, and 1974. Stu Ungar captured his three titles in 1980, 1981, and 1997. Now Chan had a chance to join that elite club.
Chan first won the Main Event in 1987, then won again in 1988 in a final hand immortalized in the film Rounders. He was only the fourth player to win back-to-back (the others are Moss, Ungar, and Doyle Brunson in 1976 & 1977). However, he was eliminated just a couple hours into Day 5, finishing in 180th place.
One former Main Event champion outlasted Chan. Greg Raymer – who won in 2004 – was also eliminated on Day 5. He finished in 122nd place, and has a long history of deep runs in the Main Event. After winning it in 2004, he made it to 25th the following year, and nearly made the top 100 yet again this year.
With the former Main Event champs dominating the headlines, some other players with millions in WSOP earnings flew under the radar. Dan Colman – most famous for winning the 2014 Big One for One Drop for over $15 million – was still in contention, as was Tony Gregg, who won the $111,111 One Drop High Roller event the previous year for $4.8 million. Both One Drop champions advanced to Day 6, but Gregg bowed out in 50th and Colman was eliminated in 31st, just barely missing out on Day 7.
For many people, the buzz in the room surrounded the contest for last woman standing – the female player with the best finish in the Main Event. Maria Ho – who was the last woman standing in both 2007 and 2014 – was near the top of the leaderboard on Day 4. She lost some chips, but made it to Day 5 and had a chance to become the first woman to win that honor three times. However, she was eliminated early in the day. Eventually, it was down to Melanie Weisner and Gaelle Baumann. Baumann had also previously won the honor, finishing in tenth place place in 2012. Weisner was eventually eliminated in 127th place, and Baumann officially became the last woman standing in the 2016 WSOP Main Event.
Also on Day 5, Scott Montgomery was eliminated in 140th place. Montgomery made the November Nine in 2008, and his elimination meant there was only one former November Niner remaining. Antoine Saout, who finished third in the Main Event in 2009. Saout made it to Day 7, finishing in 25th place.
Others making it to Day 7 include eight-time WSOP Circuit ring winner Valentin Vornicu (23rd place), British pro William Kassouf (16th place), Tom Marchese (14th place), and Australian pro James Obst (13th place).
Now the nine remaining players have until the end of October plan for the Main Event final, and prepare to contest for the most prized trophy in poker. (Source:http://www.wsop.com/m/updates/)