As we play into Day 5 of the main event, it's time to recap how our former World Series of Poker champions fared on Day 4. Five were alive when the day began, but three fell by the wayside. The two that remain, Huck Seed and Scotty Nguyen, are very much in contention to repeat.
Here's the list:
1986 - Berry Johnston: He was at about 240,000 at the first break of Day 4 and later flopped a straight with against his opponent's bottom two pair to move up to 300,000. Short stacked late in the day, Johnston called the big blind's 50,000 raise from the small blind. He pushed his last 150,000 into the pot with after a flop of , but his opponent called with . The turn and river bricked off and Johnston was sent home in 113th place, worth $58,570.
1996 - Huck Seed: He started Day 4 with 544,000 and was about 690,000 at the first break on Day 4. He was able to build his stack up to 1,546,000 by the end of the day with his aggressive play. As of the first break of the day, he was up to 2.2 million in chips.
1998 - Scotty Nguyen: He doubled up to 820,000 before the dinner break with A-K vs. J-5. (Yes, we're scratching our head a bit too at the play by Nguyen's opponent, Senovio Ramirez.) He finished the day with 1,175,000 at the end of Day 4 and built up his stack early on Day 5, ending the first level with 2.9 million chips, good for sixth in chip count.
2001 - Juan Carlos Mortensen: He was eliminated during the third level of Day 4 when he pushed his last 150,000 into the pot on a re-raise with , but ran into the initial raiser's . The only man to hold both WSOP and WPT championship titles went home in 217th place and earned $51,398.
2002 - Robert Varkonyi: He started the day with 424,000 in chips, but battled a shortstack all day after losing a lot of chips early. He was eliminated before the dinner break when he pushed all in with A-5, but was dominated by the A-Q of Mickey Seagle. The flop was Broadway for Seagle and Varkonyi could not catch a queen to chop the pot. Varkonyi finished 177th place and received $51,398.
The last celebrity remaining, Godsmack lead singer Salvatore "Sully" Erna, was eliminated during the second level of Day 4 when he moved all in for his last 150,000 with , but ran into . Erna did not improve and he finished in 237th place and received $45,422.