When Day 4 started there were 852 hopefuls looking to get through the money bubble, survive the rapid explosion of bustouts that immediately follow, and stay alive far past that to bag chips for the night. Reza Kashani was the bubble boy - eliminated in 694th place - on the 5th hand of hand-for-hand play; knocked out by Joseph Cheong. For the honor of leaving the party in bubble position, Kashani was given a seat in the $10,000 Main Event 2012.
As soon as the bubble hit, bustouts exploded around the room. Bagging and Tagging time found the field had moved up five levels on the pay scale.
Others that joined Kashani on the rail were Phil Hellmuth, Jeffrey Lisandro, Humberto Brenes, Jeff Madsen, Berry Johnston, Andrew Chen, Steve O'Dwyer, Dennis Phillips, Shannon Shorr, Jake Cody, Robert Varkonyi, Sandra Naujoks, Joe Serock, Vanessa Rousso and Bryan Micon.
Phil Hellmuth made his final stand by raising to 12,500 and Martin de Knijff three-bet to 32,500. Hellmuth called. The flop rolled off - and De Knijff led with 30,000 to which Hellmuth finally went all-in. De Knijff called. Hellmuth had pocket threes against the of de Knijff. The turned gave Hellmuth a flush out along with his set draw but the sent him home just short of the money bubble and opened the door for Ben Lamb to possibly take down the 2011 WSOP Player of the Year. Hellmuth's 12th bracelet will have to wait for 2012.
Sam Barnhart is the current WSOP Circuit National Champion and in search of his second bracelet of the year. Barnhart held the chip lead for much of the day and was moved to the televised featured table, finishing Day 4 second in chips with 1,925 million.
The chip leader at the end of Day 4 was the only player to have over 2,000,000 in chips. Manoj Viswanathan had a very strong day after starting Day 4 with 414,500 and managed to keep building and stacking into a strong lead.
The list of notables that are returning for Day 5 are Daniel Negreanu, Sam Barnhart, Bryan Devonshire, David Bach, Jean-Robert Bellande, Ben Lamb, Sebastian Ruthenberg, Joseph Cheong, Matt Stout, Phil Collins, Joe Tehan, Kevin Saul, Eli Elezra, Lars Bonding, Garry Gates, Tony Hachem, Jon Turner, David Diaz, Erick Lindgren, Allen Cunningham, Todd Brunson, Petter Jetten, Carter King, Sorel Mizzi and JP Kelly.
The '1,000,000 chip club' coming out of Day 4 are Bryan Devonshire, Jean-Robert Bellande, Chris Kwon, Ben Lamb, Sebastian Ruthenberg, Per Linde, Matt Stout, Massimillano Martinez, Chris Bonita and Max Heinzelmann and more. Amanda Musumeci is the current chip leader of the women remaining in the main event with just over 1 million in chips.
Day 5 starts with 378 players left battling for the gold and all the fame and fortune that comes with taking down the ultimate poker tournament - the World Series of Poker Main Event.