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The 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event went from 1,286 players down to 354 on Tuesday Those left are deep in the money and guaranteed $34,845, and it’s Dean Morrone holding the chip lead entering Day 5. Former NFL star Richard Seymour was one of the big stacks to advance. Morrone Leads the Way Morrone is a Canadian player and a qualifier from 888poker. He’s making his first career WSOP cash with his run in this year’s WSOP Main Event and it’s also his largest live tournament score to date as he entered the tournament with just $10,138 in live earnings. Morrone entered Day 4 with 365,000 before he went on to finish with 4.98 million and the lead. Other big stacks in the group behind Morrone on the leaderboard were Lars Bonding (4.04 million), Michael Messick (3.925 million), Warwick Mirzikinian (3.9 million), and Henrik Hecklen (3.862 million) to round out the top five. Morrone’s fellow 888poker qualifier Mihai Manole finished the day with a very healthy 3.781 million. Top 10 Chip Counts Dean Morrone - 4,980,000 Lars Bonding - 4,040,000 Michael Messick - 3,925,000 Warwick Mirzikinian - 3,900,000 Henrik Hecklen - 3,862,000 Mihai Manole - 3,781,000 Robert Heidorn - 3,700,000 Sean Mills - 3,692,000 Christopher Wynkoop - 3,563,000 Andrew Brokos - 3,518,000 Former NFL Star Richard Seymour On the Rush Former NFL star and three-time Super Bowl champion Richard Seymour was among those to advance to Day 5. He spoke with The Fives Poker Podcast at the end of Day 3 about his sixth time playing the WSOP Main Event being a charm and things only got sweeter on Tuesday. Seymour came into the day with 275,000 and quickly got his stack up to 400,000. It wasn’t long before he reached 1 million in chips and then the progression only continued after he was moved to one of the secondary features tables. Seymour bagged up 2.75 million in chips, but he wasn’t the only former NFL player to move on. Eric Stocz, who spent time in the NFL with the Detroit Lions, reached the money in the WSOP Main Event for the second time in his poker career. He’s already outperformed the 402nd-place finish he netted in 2011 that earned him $30,974 and will only be looking for more. Stocz bagged 350,000 for Day 5. Former PocketFives #1 Players Performing Well A handful of former PocketFives #1 players are performing well and have advanced to Day 4 of the 2019 WSOP Main Event. Fabrizio Gonzalez bagged 2.916 million, Chris Hunichen finished with 2.617 million, and Yuri Dzivielevski ended with 1.79 million. Hunichen bagged those chips despite losing one of the biggest pots of the tournament so far. He got involved in a big one with David Guay and Guay flopped a set of tens against Hunichen’s pocket kings. The hand resulted in a full double for Guay and took a dent of about 1.2 million out of Hunichen’s stack. Eight from Pennsylvania Still Alive Pennsylvania online poker has been legalized and the launch date is coming up soon. When sites do go live there will be a handful of players with some extra money to deposit thanks to deep runs in this WSOP Main Event. Eight players from Pennsylvania remain, with Thomas Parkes of Alburtis finishing Day 4 with the most chips at 3.172 million. Pittsburgh’s Chad Power is next with 2.78 million, and then it’s Matthew Sabia (1.81 million), Kenneth Smaron (1.806 million), Edward Pham (1.43 million), Jake Schindler (1.168 million), Donald Dombach (799,000), and Matt Glantz (690,000). Yoon, Esfandiari, Cheong Among Bracelet Winners Remaining In addition to all the names that have been mentioned, Brian Yoon (2.622 million), Antonio Esfandiari (2.583 million), Craig McCorkell (2.5 million), Chris Wallace (1.98 million), and Joseph Cheong (1.958 million) represent some of the WSOP gold bracelet winners still in the field. Yoon and Esfandiari are both three-time gold bracelet winners who have had some deep runs in the WSOP Main Event before. Yoon has finished in the top 60 on three separate occasions (2018, 2016, and 2011), and Esfandiari finished 24th in 2009. McCorkell took 13th in 2014, and Wallace finished 32nd in 2017. We also know very much about Cheong’s third-place finish behind Jonathan Duhamel and John Racener in 2010 that earned him $4.13 million. All Former Main Event Champs Gone Of course, not every player could advance. Three former WSOP Main Event champions began the day, with Johnny Chan, Chris Moneymaker, and Qui Nguyen still in the field, but all three of them busted out on Day 4. Moneymaker finished 687th for $20,200, Chan took 560th for $24,560, and Nguyen went out 455th for $30,780. Nguyen’s bust came when he got the last of his chips in with pocket fives only to lose out to an opponent’s two sixes. With no former WSOP Main Event champions in the field, we will see a brand new winner in 2019. Others to bust on Day 4 were Ricky Guan (362nd - $34,845), Scott Lazar (388th - $34,845), Jean-Robert Bellande (415th - $30,780), Bryan Campanello (435th - $30,780), Josh Arieh (485th - $27,390), Adam Owen (570th - $24,560), and Cliff Josephy (759th - $20,200). Day 5 of the 2019 WSOP Main Event starts at 12 pm PT on Wednesday, July 10 at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino.
It might have been a day earlier than some were expecting, but the bubble of the World Series of Poker came and went on Monday, leaving 1,286 players in the money just as the day was coming to a close. Preben Stokkan Goes From 93,000 to 2,184,000 Norwegian poker pro Preben Stokkan is the only player with over 2,000,000 chips after bagging up 2,184,000 and the chip lead. Stokkan, who has never previously cashed the Main Event, started the day with 93,000 and trailed 75% of the field. Andrew Brokos had the opposite kind of day after starting third in chips and finishing second. The Baltimore native more than doubled his stack on Monday and ended up with 1,906,000. Ryan Dodge sits third with 1,800,000. The Bubble Burst for Ryan Pochedly The bubble is usually one of the most tension-filled moments of the Main Event. It can be chaotic for players and problematic for tournament staff. Not so much this year. Just as hand-for-hand play was about to start, Pennsylvania's Ryan Pochedly called all-in with ace-king on an [poker card="8d"] [poker card="7h"] [poker card="3s"] [poker card="kd"] [poker card="7c"] board only to be shown 7-6 by his opponent for trip sevens. Pochedly did not leave empty-handed though. He was awarded a seat to the 2020 WSOP Main Event. READ: Pochedly Leans On WSOP Experience, Excited for PA Online Poker Chris Hunichen Bags 6th Best Stack to Lead Former #1s All but two of the 10 former #1-ranked PocketFivers that started Day 3 made it to Day 4 and none made more noise than Chris Hunichen. After starting the day with 307,600, Hunichen finished with 1,618,000 and sits sixth in the chip counts. Two other players worked themselves into the top 50 on Monday. Fabrizio Gonzalez finished with 1,190,000 and Yuri Dzivielevski was right behind him with 1,083,000. The other four members of the #1 fraternity to advance to Day 4 include current #1 'lena900' (693,000), Kevin Saul (633,000), Cliff Josephy (435,000), Paul Volpe (380,000) and Taylor Paur (148,000). The only former #1s to not make it through the day were Calvin Anderson and Tim West. Jean-Robert Bellande One of Many Notables Still Surviving Jean-Robert Bellande leads the group of notable names moving on to Day 4. Bellande, who has twice finished in the top 100 of the Main Event, ended Day 3 with 1,126,000. Not far behind him is recent bracelet Joseph Cheong with 1,068,000. This is Cheong's first cash in the WSOP Main Event since 2012. He cashed in three straight years beginning in 2010 with his third-place result. Eric Baldwin (916,000), Antonio Esfandiari (740,000), Chance Kornuth (535,000), Brian Yoon (532,000), Kelly Minkin (456,000), and Gus Hansen (445,000) also advanced to Day 4. Former World Champions Chris Moneymaker, Qui Nguyen, and Johnny Chan each navigated Day 3 successfully and will be back for Day 4. No Chips, No Money, No More Main Event It wasn't all sunshine and rainbows for some of the game's top players. Igor Kurganov, Nick Schulman, Arseniii Karmatckii, legends TJ Cloutier and Scotty Nguyen, as well as Loni Harwood and 2019 $50K PPC champion Phillip Hui were all part of the 1,594 players who busted on Monday. 21 Pennsylvania Players Make it to Day 4 Just 21 Pennsylvania poker players remain heading into Day 4 with the biggest stack belonging to Matthew Sabia. The Bethlehem, PA resident finished with 1,060,000 and has the only seven-figure stack for Keystone State players. Chad Power (829,000), Matt Glantz (817,000), Jake Schindler (652,000), and Kenneth Smaron (632,000) round out the top five. Top 10 Chip Counts Preben Stokkan - 2,184,000 Andrew Brokos - 1,906,000 Ryan Dodge - 1,800,000 Galen Hall - 1,658,000 Cassio Pisapia - 1,640,000 Chris Hunichen - 1,618,000 Pavlo Veksler - 1,594,000 Duytue Duong - 1,576,000 Jacob Daniels - 1,560,000 John Patgorski - 1,524,000