For those who eagerly await every update from the Main Event each year, day 4 is always an exciting time. When the day begins, there are often almost 1,000 players in the running, and it’s hard to say that anyone is closing in on the final table. By the end of the day, that territory is being strode into by the remaining survivors. There is still a long way to go, but those with plenty of chips will now feel that the final table is an attainable goal, in what is only a field of 251 players. We had 6,737 players when the event began, and 798 when day 4 began. Now things start to get serious, as the players fight it out for the $8 million 1st prize.
At the close of play today, former bracelet winner Bryan Piccioli leads the way, with a powerful stack of 4,026,000.
He is followed closely by a man who was once best known in the online world, managing to win the $10,300 Heads Up WCOOP title in 2013. Just a year later, he became better known for winning the 2014 Big One for One Drop tournament for $15.3 million in the midst of an incredible live run that we covered in this article. Now, Daniel Colman sits in 2nd place in the Main Event chip counts with 3,711,000.
Australian pro James Obst is another player who built an impressive reputation online, winning four SCOOP titles in his career. He also looks imposing with 3,003,000.
When day 3 drew to a close, there were many Asian players still alive in the field, some of whom were building impressive stacks. While there isn’t currently a stand out chip stack near the top of the counts, there are some very interesting developments in the middle of the field. Naixuan Shi of China sits in 54th with 1,810,000, Pakinai Lisawad of Thailand occupies 90th spot with 1,515,000, Kakwan Lau of Hong Kong is in 142nd with 1,081,000 and serial champion of the Asian circuit, Raiden Kan is in 168th with a promising 900,000 stack. Further down the order we still have Aditya Sushant of India with 658,000 along with Gan Siong of Macau with 583,000 and Konosuke Sakurada of Japan with 455,000.
In 46 years of Main Event competition, only one lady has ever reached the final table, but with female participation on the rise, it is only a matter of time before we see this happen again. Who knows, perhaps even a female champion to spur the numbers of ladies enjoying the game of poker worldwide. 2012 almost gave us two ladies at the final table, only for Elisabeth Hille and Gaelle Baumann to fall in 11th and 10th place. This year, we have promising female hopes still in the running, and for one brief moment during day 4, female players occupied 1st and 2nd in the chip counts. Maria Ho started the day with a bang, surging to over 2,000,000 chips to lead the way, before Melanie Weisner took over at the top. At the end of day 4, Weisner has an impressive 3,078,000 stack, while Ho remains in contention with 691,000. Gaelle Baumann is also in a great position, having 1,791,000 to work with tomorrow. Louise Francoeur is even better positioned with 2,107,000, while Stacy Matuson is in 126th with 1,186,000.
Of the big names still in contention, there are none bigger than two-time Main Event champion, Johnny Chan. The last man ever to win this event back to back before inconceivably taking 2nd place the following year, Chan has 968,000 chips. Former WSOP Player of the Year, Mike Gorodinsky is also in good shape with 1,612,000 going into tomorrow, as is Michael Gathy with 1,770,000. Gathy has two 2nd places and a 1st already this summer. With two WSOP bracelets and numerous online COOP titles, Shaun Deeb will also be a force tomorrow, as he carries 1,089,000 into day 5. Former champion Greg Raymer is also still in with a chance, and will be bringing 992,000 to the table tomorrow. Although short, Todd Brunson, son of WSOP legend Doyle Brunson, is also still in the running with 548,000.
Day 5 promises great excitement and drama, as this interesting field assembles once more to battle for poker’s most sought after prize.
Top 10 Chip Counts
Remaining players after Day 4: FULL LIST & CHIP COUNT