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WSOP Day 5 highlights

407 players have become 185 at the end of Day 5 of the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event.

The chip leader going into Day 6 will be Warren Zackey with 4,872,000.

Notable players to bust on Day 5 include: Dan Harrington and actor Lou Diamond Phillips.

Making it to Day 6 are some highly regarded poker players such as Phil Ivey, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Joe Hachem, Antonio Esfandiari, Peter Eastgate and David Benyamine.

WSOP Day 4 highlights

Day 4 saw 789 players start the day and only 407 finish it to make it to Day 5 with Matt Affleck the chip leader with 1,819,000.

The biggest name to bust on Day 4 was Phil Hellmuth who had to watch is pocket rockets be defeated by a straight. After being dealt A♣ A♠ Hellmuth flat called before the flop from a late position. The flop was J♣ 10♦ 5♣. Kevin Jenkins pushed all-in with 83,000, Hellmuth then re-raised all-in with 110,000 and Jose Manuel Gomez called. Jenkins turned over 9♥ 8♥ for an open-ended straight draw, and Gomez showed J♥ 10♣ for two pair. The turn brought the 7♦ giving Jenkins the straight, and the river was the 3♠. Hellmuth out.

And Chris “Jesus” Ferguson was felted by 6 6 6, which is just a little bit eerie.

But the most unfortunate story of the day belonged to Kia Hamadani, the Main Event bubble boy. After being blinded and anted down trying to hang on to make the money, Hamadani was finally all-in with his 500 ante with 4♣ 3♥. The flop came Q♥ 6♥ Q♦. After betting 20,00 to push out the other two remaining players in the hand, Reed Hensel showed 9♥ 2♣. The turn finished it off, giving Hensel a 9♦ and then further rubbed salt in the wound with the 9♠ on the river. With Hamadani’s elimination the room burst into cheers and applause as the remaining players realized that they had made the money. But Hamadani doesn’t go away empty handed, the WSOP and Jack Link’s have agreed to buy him into the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event, which is a nice prize for the unfortunate bubble boy.

WSOP Day 3 highlights

At the end of Day 3 789 players remain, with Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier the chip leader with 1,380,500.

Notable players to bust on Day 3: Jennifer Harman, Sam Farha, Greg Raymer and Carlos Mortensen.

Pro players that will be starting Day 4 include: Phil Ivey, Antonio Esfandiari, Joe Hachem, Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, David Benyamine and Paul Wasicka, the 2007 runner-up.

WSOP Day 2 highlights

Just like with Day 1, there were multiple Day 2s at this years World Series of Poker Main Event; Day 2a and Day 2b.

Notable players to bust on Day 2: Howard Lederer, Gus Hansen, Phil Laak, Jennifer Tilly, Mike Matusow, Erick Lindgren, Thomas “durrrr” Dwan, Barry Greenstein and ‘Amarillo’ Slim Preston.

Pros heading into Day 3 include Phil Ivey with an impress 346,200 chip stack, David Benyamine with 228,800, Phil Hellmuth with 142,900, and OnlineCasinoGame.com favorite Sammy Farha with a respectable 67,500.

The overall chip leader is Amir Lehavot with 610,500, followed by Peter DeBaene with 465,000 and Day 1 leader Troy Weber with 453,200.

Thusday is a rest day before Day 3 begins on Friday July 10.

WSOP Day 1 highlights

A total of 6,494 players have entered the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event. The total prize pool of $61,043,600 means that whoever wins the event will take home over $8.5 million, and players making the final table will become millionaires.

This year there are 4 Day 1s at the World Series of Poker – Day 1A, 1B, 1C and 1D. Now that the final Day 1 is complete here are some highlights

Notable players to bust on Day 1 include: Daniel Negreanu, Jamie Gold, Evelyn Ng, Doyle Brunson and Chris Moneymaker.

Notable players who have better than average chip stacks at the end of Day 1 include: Phil Ivey, David Benyamine and Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier.

The overall chip leader going into Day 2 is Troy Weber with 353,000 in chips, the next best player has about half of Weber’s stack.

One of the crazier hands from Day 1 play was a one-outer straight flush towards the end of Day 1D. Mark Flesch was all-in holding K♣ Khearts; with a flop of Q♣ J♣ 9♣, but his opponent turned over A♣ 2♣ for the nut flush.

A 3♥ was the turn card, leaving Flesch drawing for just one out, and amazingly the 10♣ came on the river giving him a straight flush and around 30,000 in chips. What a way to end the day!

Stayed tuned for highlights and news from Day 2.