Tuesday July 19,2011 : Just 22 players complete Day 7
57 survivors returned to the Rio in Las Vegas Monday on Day 7 of the main event of the World Series of Poker to hear tournament director Jack Effel outline the plan for the day – play out 5 two-hour levels or reach 18 players – whichever came soonest.
Overall, the 57 players combined had achieved 276 WSOP cashes, an average of nearly five per player, with three players (Erick Lindgren, Nguyen, Esposito) having more than 20 cashes. Eight others have double-digit WSOP cashes.
But only 22 players remained at the end of Day 7.
The action was aggressive from the get-go, with Matt Kay, Stefan Huber, Jody Howe, Andrew Brokos, Per Linde, Zohair Karim, Sebastian Ruthenberg and Minh Nguyen all falling before the end of the first level of play.
Ruthenberg, Linde and Nguyen, each earned $130,997, while the other five later eliminations walked away with $160,036.
Biggest pot of the day was undoubtedly the gigantic 20 million monster won by Anton Makievskyi against Chris Moore, which contributed hugely to his position as chip leader on 21,045,000 when officials called it a day at level 31 shortly after midnight.
Going into Day 8 – where it looks as if a final table will definitely eventuate – Makievsky’s closest rivals are Eoghan O'Dea on 19,050,000 and Khoa Nguyen on 16,435,00.
With average chip stacks now at 9,361,364 Ben Lamb remains in the top ten in the number 5 spot on 14,690,000, whilst another top performer, Ryan Lenaghan, is further back in the field on 10,415,000.
Headed for the exit late in the day were Andrew Henrichsen (23rd), Greg Kaplan (24th), Jerry Strydonck (25th), JP Kelly (26th) and Kyle Johnson (27th), all of whom collected checks for $302 005.
Other notable bust-outs included the last woman in the competition, Erika Moutinho, Tony Hachem, Andrew Brokos, David Sands, Erick Lindgren and Steve Brecher.
Among the 22 players coming back for Day 8 will be Ben Lamb, Lars Bonding, Bryan Devonshire, Phil Colliins and Sam Barnhart.