Day 6 of the World Series of Poker Main Event begins today at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas with 69 players returning to the felt to try and bag a spot in the November Nine. On Day 5, 237 players returned with a large portion of the field eliminated by the end of the day. As Day 6 begins, it is Pierre Neuville holding the chip lead with 7.105 million in play.
Not far behind Neuville is David Stefanski who holds 6.48 million in chips. Stefanski moved to the number two spot after taking down Danny Fuhs before the day completed. Sitting in third, still not far behind Neuville or Stefanski is David Peters who has 6.13 million in chips to begin the day.
Notable players who will be returning to compete today in the Main Event include:
- Max Steinberg
- Brian Hastings
- Andre Moreno
- Anton Morgenstern
- Daniel Negreanu
- Justin Schwartz
- Mark Kroon
Several Main Event winners from the past were in contention to continue today but after several eliminations, only the 1993 World Champion Jim Bechtel remained. Bechtel would be eliminated in 121st place after losing with King-Jack to Tai Nugyen’s Ace-Jack once he was all-in preflop. With his elimination, the final former WSOP Main Event champion was eliminated, leaving the field open to a new champion.
The 69 players remaining will return to the felt today to begin competing for the final nine spots of the Main Event. Everyone wants to secure a spot at the final table but only nine spots are open for the taking. Each player at the final table will return in November to see who will earn the $7,680,021 first place prize. The minimum prize for a final table member is $1 million so players who make the final round will not be going home empty handed.