Day 4 of the 2010 World Series of Poker Ends in the Money
At the start of Day 4 of the 2010 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event on July 13, 2010 there was an anticipation filling the room as every player knew the massive player pool would finally be narrowed down to 747 and the start of the cash payouts. Now that Day 4 is over there are just 574 players left, each guaranteed to win at least $24,079 in the $10,000 buy-in Main Event tournament. However, the players entering the money was not the biggest storyline of the day. Two-time WSOP Main Event winner Johnny Chan is in striking distance of his 11th WSOP bracelet and his 3rd Main Event title.
Johnny Chan Near the Top of the Field
Johnny Chan is currently sitting in 13th place out of the remaining 574 players and is well-positioned to win his record-tying 11th World Series of Poker bracelet. He is only one of two people to win back-to-back WSOP Main Events (1987-1988) and almost won another in 1989, but came runner up to current WSOP bracelet record holder Phil Hellmuth.
For the most part, Johnny Chan had a quiet day, slowly moving his chip stack to 1,159,000, only 400,000 back from the current leader Tony Dunst who made an enormous leap into the lead after a massive 1.12 million chip pot. While Dunst is in the lead, only Johnny Chan has the Main Event experience to make it believable that he could win the WSOP Main Event. Even with a smaller chip stack, Johnny Chan is still the man to beat.
Second Largest WSOP Main Event Player Field Equals Huge Payday
The 2010 WSOP Main Event is made up of the second largest player field in the tournament’s history. An impressive 7,319 of the best poker minds in the world showed up this year to play in the Main Event and has translated into an equally impressive prize pool with the eventual winner taking home $8.9 million.
With the payday bubble bursting and those still left guaranteed money, the next several days will be host to some excellent poker play. With some of the biggest names in poker like Annie Duke, Barry Goldstein, Tom Dwan, and Matt Savage already being sent home by this mammoth player field, only time will tell if the great Johnny Chan will eventually fall victim to one of the up and coming players still in striking distance. One thing is for sure, if history has taught the poker world anything, don’t count out Johnny Chan.
Also, don’t feel bad for Tim McDonald who came in 748th place, just outside of the money. Mr. McDonald has picked up a free $10,000 entry into the 2011 WSOP Main Event for bubbling. Not a bad prize for losing.