Brunson out in Day 4 and Merson looks to defend
The 2013 World Series Of Poker Main Event is now down to 239 players after an exciting Day 4 took place in the Amazon Room at the luxurious Rio All-Suite Casino in Las Vegas. When the action started on Friday, 666 players took their seats at the tables, out of the 6,352-player field that took part in the $10,000 tournament this year. The first three days of the Main Event, including the biggest starting day in WSOP history, took the headlines as the perfect blend of amateur and professional players formed one of the largest prize pools ever awarded by the World Series Of Poker. With just a couple of days left until the final table is determined, the action is getting pretty intense in Las Vegas and Jon Lane leads the pack going into Day 5.
Jon Lane with the 2,839,000-chip high stack
Lane got the lead after he eliminated Nicholas Immekus during Level 20 when his A-K was enough to beat A-4 suited for a huge pot, which made his stack worth 2,839,000 chips. The second one on the list is about 400k lighter in chips, Sami Rustom with 2,485,000, followed by Grayson Ramage with 2,438,000 chips. The defending champion, Greg Merson, is still in the race with 635,000 chips to his name and a lot of the attention is on the young player who is on the path to making history by winning the Main Event two years in a row.
One more former champion is also in the race as Carlos Mortensen – 2001 Main Event Winner – will come back on Day 5 with 302,000 chips. With the 666 players taking to the tables on Day 4, it meant that only the first 18 of them to go will not get any money for their efforts. After that, the money bubble would burst and everyone would get a piece of the prize pool. The bubble boy for the 2013 Main Event was eventually determined as Farzad Bonyadi was eliminated by Nick Schwarmann.
The hand began with Schwarmann raising from middle position and the three-time bracelet winner called to see a Jd-5s-3s flop. The action was then checked to Bonyadi who fired a 14,000 bullet and Schwarmann raised it to 37,000. After calling, a Ts came on the turn, which forced out another 54,000 bet. The Kh on the river completed the board, Schwarmann moved all-in and Bonyadi called instantly.
Bonyadi’s pair of Jacks was dominated by Schwarmann who was holding a Broadway straight and he was out of the tournament. He did get an entry to the 2014 WSOP Main Event for being the bubble boy this year. Once the bubble was burst, eliminations started happening all over the place and poker legend Doyle Brunson was amongst the ones that did not survive Day 4. He finished in 409th place for a $28,063 payday which made this his fifth consecutive decade in which he got at least on WSOP Main Event cash. Many big names fell and many are still in the game, including Marvin Rettenmaier, Annette Obrestad, Brett Richey and Jackie Glazier, just to name a few.
More action still to come
That action will commence on Saturday for Day 5 of the WSOP Main Event; every player is guaranteed at least $37,019 and the official WSOP website will provide live updates from the moment the cards hit the tables, until the chips are bagged and tagged at the end of the five levels of play. While the focus is on the Main Event, casual players can enjoy some great gambling games with the top online casinos in the industry. These don’t just offer amazing looking games, but there are also plenty of bonuses to claim and increase your bankroll right from the start.