6/8/10 – Event 15 – the $10 000 buy-in Seven-Card Stud Championship – saw the original field of 170 players down to just 31 combatants by 11pm Monday night Vegas time, with Italians and Russians topping the chip counts as Vladimir Schmelev on 280 000 fought off a spirited challenge from Italian young gun Dario Minieri (250 000).  Other top chip counts were:
 
Alex Dovzhenko   245,000
Blair Rodman   230,000
Chris George   200,000
Richard Ashby   200,000
John Juanda   195,000
Mike Sexton   190,000
Jason Mercier   180,000
Alessio Isaia   170,000
 
The prize pool in this event is $1 598 000, with the winner set to scoop $447 446. Players who will not be claiming the main prize, having already been eliminated include defending champion Jeff Lisandro, Tom Dwan, David Benyamine and Nick Schulman. 
 
Just for interest, here's a list of WSOP Main Event winners over the past decade:
 
2009: Joseph Cada $8,546,435
 
2008: Peter Eastgate $ 9,152,416
 
2007: Jerry Yang $8,250,000
 
2006: Jamie Gold $12,000,000
 
2005: Joseph Hachem $7,500,000
 
2004: Greg Raymer $5,000,000
 
2003: Chris Moneymaker $2,500,000
 
2002: Robert Varkonyi $2,000,000
 
2001: Carlos Mortensen $1,500,000
 
2000: Chris Ferguson $1,500,000
 
The 2010 Main Event will start next (July) month and play down to a final table of nine before breaking until November, when final table action will decide the ultimate winner.

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