Since Cardplayerlifestyle.com last reported on the Main Event, poker play has continued unabated and the starting field over 7,300+ had been whittled down to 748, when the money bubble finally burst.
This year’s bubble boy is Tim McDonald. Losing with pocket queens to a flopped full house on a board of A-A-2, McDonald’s consolation prize for being eliminated is a free seat at next year’s World Series of Poker Main Event (still a good bit less than the $19,000+ guaranteed to every player in the money).
Amazingly, all 4 Mizrahi brothers (Robert, Michael, Eric, and Donny) made the money – an unprecedented achievement.
As could only be expected in a field this size, over the multiple days of poker play, a majority of the big name pros have been eliminated; but not everyone. Surely ESPN is busy filming the big name pros that remain in the field, foremost among who is Johnny Chan, a 2-time former champion (1987, 1988). At one point, Chan held the overall chip lead, the first time that’s happened for him at the WSOP Main Event in well over a decade!
Besides Chan, there are still some very formidable presences at the felt, including this year’s Players Champion Michael “The Grinder” Mizrahi, former bracelet winners David Benyamine and Jean Robert-Bellande, and 2010 bracelet winners Matt Keikoan and Tomer Berda.
Other notables still alive include Phil Galfond, Adam Levy, Jesper Hougaard, Hasan Habib, Scott Clements, Juha Helppi, and Theo Tran.
Scotty Nguyen had also been making another impressive run, but was eventually eliminated just outside 200th place. Other notables, like former Main Event champions Dan Harrington and Robert Varkonyi, as well as 2010 double bracelet winner Frank Kassela made the money too but were eventually knocked out.
Keep checking Cardplayerlifestyle.com for more 2010 WSOP Main Event updates, as play continues and the field approaches the final table.