WSOP: Power Outage Brings Early End to Day 5 with Jonathan Dyer Leading

The 2018 WSOP Main Event took a dark turn Monday night - literally - when a power outage halted play early.

In what might go down as one of the strangest endings to a day in World Series of Poker Main Event history, play was halted nearly 90 minutes early on Monday night as a Las Vegas storm caused a power outage inside the Rio Hotel & Convention center.

The lights in the Amazon Room went dark at 11:20 pm PT, forcing tournament staff to reach WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel by phone to discuss options. Players were sent on an unscheduled break that lasted until 11:40 pm when they were told they’d be bagging up to return to play on Tuesday.

The biggest stack heading into Day 6 is Houston’s Michael Dyer with 12,180,000. Dyer is the only player to end up with eight-figure stack.

Dyer was responsible for the elimination of former November Niner and #1-ranked PocketFiver in 123rd when his ace-king outran Josephy’s pocket kings.

Three-time WSOP bracelet winner Brian Yoon bagged up the second biggest stack with 8,395,000. While he might be almost four million behind Dyer, he leads the third biggest stack, belonging to Jeff Trudeau, by just 95,000.

Isreal’s Hari Bercovici sits fourth and Belgium’s Bart Lybaert ended up fifth.

There were 201 players eliminated on Day 5 including the likes of Antonio Esfandiari, Scott Davies, Ivan Demidov, Paul Volpe, Ben Yu, Rocco Palumbo, Jonathan Hilton, Kyle Julius, Ema Zajmovic, Chino Rheem, Jake Schwartz and Daniel Alaei.

Action resumes at 11 am PT Tuesday.

Top 10 Chip Counts

  1. Michael Dyer – 12,180,000
  2. Brian Yoon – 8,395,000
  3. Jeffery Trudeau – 8,305,000
  4. Hari Bercovici – 7,650,000
  5. Bart Lybaert – 7,530,000
  6. Karen Goncalves – 6,940,000
  7. Peter Campo – 6,935,000
  8. Konstantin Beylin – 6,930,000
  9. Alexander Gross – 6,755,000
  10. Artem Metalidi – 6,525,000