Day 7 of the WSOP main event started with 57 players that were hoping to have their name etched in November Nine history and bank a guaranteed $782,115 as they anticipated the bright lights of center stage. Five levels of play - two hours each - were looming ahead unless the field dropped to 18. It did not. The levels were played and when all of the dust settled for the night there were 22 left.
The buzz of the day was the last woman still seated, Erika Moutinho, and her boyfriend David Sands. They were seated next to each other at a feature table. Unfortunately the WSOP main event will go another year without a woman at the final table as she busted in 29th place for a payday of $242,636. Sands busted one ahead of her, in 30th place for the same amount. *sigh* A woman at the final table would be so good for poker.
The bustos were strewn with name brand players, and those that were not well known; all were making a move to become the poker champion of the world for one year. David Bach, Erick Lindgren, Tony Hachem, John Esposito, Guillaume Darcourt, Sebastian Ruthenberg, JP Kelly, and more, all took their leave during the day.
The Top 10 according to the WSOP Report:
|1. The end of Day Seven chip leader is Anton Makievskyi (Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine) with 21,045,000. He had been relatively quiet until late in the day when he became the first player in the tournament to surpass the 20,000,000 mark. He is a 21-year-old poker pro making his first WSOP visit. 2. Very close behind is Eoghan O’Dea, a 26-year-old student and poker player from Dublin, Ireland. He currently has 19,050,000 in chips, which ranks second in chips in the WSOP Main Event. He is the son of Irish poker pioneer Donnacha O’Dea, who won a gold bracelet in 1998, and also made two Main Event final table appearances. Eoghan O’Dea enters Day Eight of the 2011 Main Event with 19,500,000 in chips, which places him near the chip leader3. Khoa Nguyen (Calgary, Alberta – Canada) is in third place with 16,435,000 in his stack. Nguyen is a 29-year-old poker pro and businessman. He plays both live and online. He has a college degree in electrical engineering.4. Andrey Pateychuk (Moscow, Russia) is in fourth place with 16,245,000. Pateychuk is a 21-year-old college student and part-time poker player. He was born in Vladivostok, Russia. 5. Ben Lamb (Tulsa, OK) is closing . He currently ranks in fifth place, with 14,690,000. Lamb is perhaps the hottest poker player in the world at this moment. He won a gold bracelet three weeks ago, and now has 1st, 2nd, 8th and 12th place finishes at ths year's WSOP. Now, he appears destined to make a very deep run in the Main Event, which would wrap up one of the best WSOP showings in recent memory. It's also no surprise that no matter where Lamb finishes in the Main Event, he is guaranteed to leave Las Vegas as the 2011 WSOP "Players of the Year" point leader.6. Phil Collins (Las Vegas, NV) arrives at the start of Day Eight with 13,805,000 in chips. He is a 26-year-old pro poker player. Collins was previously a college student. He attended the University of South Carolina. He met his wife Katie while in school. She lived across the hall from him. They were married last year. He played a lot of online poker until the developments of April 2011. He has been at or near the top of the leaderboard during much of the last two days.7. John Hewitt is a 23-year-old poker pro now residing in San Jose, Costa Rica. He is originally from Chicago. He was a full-time student before starting to play poker full time. He has 13,265,000 in chips and will be a force on Day Eight. 8. Ryan Lenaghan (New Orleans, LA). He catapulted into the chip lead during the previous day and was one of only two players with in excess of ten million in chips. He continues to wield a gigantic-sized stack that’s drawn the attention and envy of every poker player. No doubt, Lenaghan is enjoying the his greatest rush ever in a poker tournament. Almost everything hand he's played over the last two days has added more chips to his impressive stack, which sits at 10,415,000 entering Day 8.9. Matt Giannetti is a 26-year-old poker pro from Las Vegas. He is self-taught. Prior to playing full time, Giannetti graduated from the University of Texas. He has 8,920,000 chips.10. Konstantinos Mamaliadis (Durban, South Africa) is a 34-year-old shipping professional from South Africa. He hopes to become the second final table player in history from the continent of Africa, after Raymond Rahme made the first such appearance in 2007. Chip count: 8,195,000.|
Day 8 will find the November Nine. Each player left in the tournament now is guaranteed to receive at least $302,005 in prize money and the next jump will happen when 18 players are reached - $378,796. View the complete list of payouts here.
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