Both Ruane and Hallaert have middle-of-the-pack stacks but if either of them make the final nine they’ll be the most recent person to do it since Mark Newhouse in 2013 and 2014.
Hallaert has had a huge summer already,having made two WSOP final tables, while Ruane’s last live tournament cash was his 4th-place finish in last year’s Main Event.
Former November Niners Antoine Saout and Ben Lamb are also still in with a chance to make their second WSOP Main Event final tables.
Germany’s Robert Hegele leads overall with American Joshua Hortonas the only other person with over 9 million.
Day 5 of the saw the field cut from 297 down to just 85. Everyone who’s still in is guaranteed at least $85,382.
Here’s the top ten chip counts, courtesy of WSOP.com:
- Robin Hegele – 9,990,000
- Joshua Horton – 9,360,000
- Max Silver – 8,665,000
- Frank Crivello – 8,500,000
- Damian Salas – 8,400,000
- Daniel Ott – 8,320,000
- Karen Sarkisyan – 8,270,000
- Antoine Saout – 8,260,000
- Randy Pisane – 8,105,000
- Joseph Dipascale – 7,450,000
Other name-pros advancing to Day 6 include Bryan Piccioli, Marcel Luske, Brandon Meyers, Dario Sammartino, Jonas Mackoff, Conor Drinan and Martin Finger.
The plan for Days 6 and 7 call for the field to be cut down to the final nine, all of whom will be guaranteed a $1 million payday.
And unlike every year since 2007, the final table will play out July 20-22 and forgo the three-month November Nine break.
Carrel Puts on Clinic, Busts KK<AA
Brit Charlie Carrel was on the feature table, streamed live on ESPN and PokerGO, and gave viewers a peek at how a top-level poker player operates.
Carrel famously turned a $15 first deposit into a poker career that’s generated millions of dollars and he’s done it all in about four years.
He also won the PokerListings.com Spirit of Poker Award in 2015 in the Rising Star category.
His live tournament earnings total $5.9 million and he ran his stack up to over 5 million today before being dealt an unlucky kings versus aces cooler against Alexander Greenblatt late in the evening to bust.
Carrel exited in 88th and added a $72k-score to his list of results.
A long list of other name-pros joined Carrel in the payout area today including five former November Niners: Chino Rheem, Tom Cannuli, Eoghan O’Dea, Jake Balsiger and Matt Gianetti.
Also out? Chip Jett, Minh Ly, Nick Maimone, Kathy Liebert, Isaac Haxton, Sam Chartier, Dominik Nitsche, Greg Mueller, Kyle Bowker, Sam Stein, Randy Lew, Max Pescatori, JP Kelly and Vitaly Lunkin.
Tomorrow all 85 remaining players will return and resume play at 11am.
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