2011 WSOP Main Event Day 5 End of Level 22 Update

Bach is the current player to beat
Bach is the current player to beat
Day 5 of the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event is in the books and there appears to be 142 survivors from the starting group of 378. The field is shrinking fast and several big names fell by the wayside today, including Daniel Negreanu, Joe Tehan, Kevin Saul, Darus Suharto, Martin de Knjiff, Carter King, Matt Stout, and Mark Newhouse, just to name a few.

While it may sound like all the big names headed home today, that is far from the case. In fact there are a number of notable names and memorable storylines headed into Day 6, including Ben Lamb’s quest for a second bracelet in 2011 and the WSOP Player of the Year title, the romance and pwnage of poker couple Erika Moutinho and David Sands, and the unexpected success of WSOP-C National Champion, Sam Barnhardt.

It probably deserves mentioning that big name pros like Eli Elezra, Lars Bonding, Phil Collins, Bryan Colin, Christian Harder, Joseph Cheung, Frank Calo, JP Kelly, Sebastian Ruthenberg, and Allen Cunningham are in the mix as well. They are all looking up at the man leading the field, David Bach, who is seeking to join Scotty Nguyen as the only player to win both the $50,000 Player’s Championship and the Main Event. He is the man on top with 4,706,000, but there are several others hot on his heels. Here is a look at the top ten unofficial end of day chip counts:

David Bach – 4,706,000
Pius Heinz – 4,699,000
Kyle Johnson – 4,654,000
Phil Collins – 4,109,000
Ben Lamb – 4,032,000
Aleksandr Mozhnyakov – 3,462,000
Sebastian Ruthenberg – 3,354,000
Lars Bonding – 3,352,000
Bryan Devonshire – 3,292,000
Thomas Grey – 3,262,000

And here is a rundown of the last of the action from Level 22 (Blinds 10,000/20,000 ante 3,000):

The Beat Goes on for Phil Collins

Phil Collins made a big run just before the dinner break, and he continued to build on that stack in the last hour of play on Day 5. Peter Gelencser raised to 46,000 under the gun, Daniel Retallick reraised all-in from middle position for 415,000, and action folded around to Collins in the cutoff. Collins called, Gelencser folded, and the hands were on their backs. Collins was well ahead with AK against Retallick’s AQ. The board ran out AJ972, and Collins was up to 3,500,000. Collins continued to build his stack and ended the day with 4,109,000.

“I feel fantastic, on top of the world, right where I want to be,” said Collins. “I was hoping to be at two or three [million], and I ended with four [million] which is great.”

Collins had a rail full of boisterous and, admittedly intoxicated friends cheering him on after the dinner break. While their constant screams of “yeah” and terms related to “mashing” may have annoyed some, Collins loved the support.

“I love how much confidence my friends have in me,” said Collins, “and how supportive they are in rooting for me. It doesn’t really bother me, I was trying not to laugh actually, that was the only thing. They kept yelling every time I won a hand, so i just put my head down and tried not to do anything. I figured they’d quit when I started winning every hand.”

Heinzelmann Doubles, Then Busts

Done to just under 400,000 after a frustrating level, Max Heinzelmann was all-in pre-flop with 77 against the QQ of David Bach. The flop came 6TT, leaving Heinzelmann behind. The 9 on the turn was no good for him either, but the river brought the 7 to give Heinzelmann a full house and a double up to 823,000.

It wouldn’t be enough to get Heinzelmann through the day though, as he busted shortly before play concluded for the night.

In a pot that put him at the top of the chip counts by the end of Day 5, David Bach vanquished Heinzelmann. The two had clashed for most of the day at the same table before Heinzelmann raised to 40,000, Bach three-bet to 120,000, and when the action folded back around to Heinzelmann, he went all-in for 800,000 total. Bach called, but was behind with KK against Heinzelmann’s AA. The dealer quickly dealt a flop of Q97 to give Bach a flush draw, and the action was paused at this point as the cameras were alerted to the hand in progress.

The turn was the 6, keeping Bach ahead, but the river was the 3, completing Bach’s flush and putting him over the 5,000,000 chip mark. He would finish the day with 4,706,000.

Sands and Moore Double Up

Chris Moore is a tricky cash game player, but his creative play almost saw him hit the rail late in Day 5 action. David Sands raised to 43,000 in middle position and Moore moved all-in from the small blind for 449,000. Sands quickly called with AJ, while Moore held just 59.

Moore’s nine-high improved to two pair after the 665 flop, and Sands failed to improve as the turn brought the 5 and the river the 4. After the hand, Moore was up to 910,000, while Sands dropped to 805,000.

Sands rebounded from Moore’s double through an orbit or two later. Sands raised under the gun, Thomas Pedersen moved all-in from the big blind, and Sands called for his remaining 698,000 with KK. Pedersen trailed with JJ and Sands remained in the lead as the board ran out T52TQ. After the hand, Sands was up to 1,435,000.

Elezra Put to a Decision on the Final Hand of the Night

It was a drama-filled conclusion to the evening at Eli Elezra’s table thanks to a big three-way confrontation between Elezra, Ben Tollerene, and WSOP bracelet winner Tyler Bonkowski. The three players saw a flop of K65 and Tollerene checked in the big blind. Bonkowski bet 67,000 from middle position, then Elezra raised to 162,000 on the button. Tollerene debated a minute or two before announcing he was all-in for 437,000 total.

Bonkowski deliberated a minute or two himself before reraising all-in, having Elezra’s remaining 600,000 or so covered. Elezra immediately apologized to the table.
“Sorry boys,” he told them. “This might take a while.” He thought for a minute or two before standing, pointing to Tollerene and telling him, “I call you for sure. I have a big hand.”

Eventually Elezra folded K-Q for top pair face up. He did have Tollerene beat, as Tollerene showed K9, but Bonkowski was ahead with AA. The T on the turn and the 2 on the river were no help to Tollerene and he headed for the payout desk.
Bonkowski ended the day with around 2.4 million.

Ruthenberg Ruthless

Sebastian Ruthenberg was right at home at the feature table on the ESPN Main Stage. Ever since taking his seat there after the dinner break, he found no trouble chipping up, including in a decent-sized pot against Jean-Robert Bellande.

Ruthenberg raised to 44,000 from under the gun and Bellande called behind him. The flop fell {Ks]T3 and Ruthenberg bet 60,000. Bellande raised to 150,000 and Ruthenberg called. The turn was the 6 and both players checked. The river brought the 2 and Ruthenberg checked again. Bellande bet 250,000 only to have Ruthenberg check-raise to 925,000 total. Bellande took some time in the tank before folding and dropped to 1,447,000, while Ruthenberg climbed to 3,294,000.

Thomas Grey Hits 3 Million

Sometimes big stacks are created by slowly grinding up, but sometimes two equal stacks clash and combine into one monster stack. This hand was more of the latter. Thomas Grey raised to 52,000 in middle position, and action folded around to Jeet Shetty in the small blind, who three-bet to 120,000. Grey called, and the flop was Q83. Shetty bet 150,000, and Grey called. The turn was the K, Shetty bet 300,000, and Grey called. The river was the 7, and Shetty went all-in for 772,000. Grey debated for two minutes before calling, and Grey’s AK was good for the pot, as Jetty had 9T for missed flush and straight draws.

Grey was up to 3,300,000 at the end of the hand.

Get on the Bus

Tom Oldcroft qualified for the WSOP on a freeroll and that might just be a hint of the guy’s frugality. If that’s not, this is. Talking to Nolan Dalla during the last level of the night Oldcroft, who is 66, was discussing how he got to the Rio on the first two days when he was staying at the Riviera.

“I took the bus on Day 1 and 2. It’s $3.50 for the Seniors rate and you can ride for 24 hours,” said Oldcroft. “What am I supposed to do? You guys didn’t send the limo.”

Oldcroft finished the day with just under 400,000.

By The Numbers

2 Number of players remaining in the field who can take the lead in the WSOP Player of the Year race.  Ben Lamb is four eliminations away from retaking the lead, but David Bach has a chance at the honor as well.  If Lamb misses out on the final table and Bach wins the whole event, he would talk the lead in the race.  Though, you have to keep in mind that the WSOP Europe will transpire during the downtime between the end of play at the Rio and the November Nine.

6 Number of times John Esposito has now cashed in the Main Event. Esposito finished 10th in 2004, 26th in 2001, 19th in 1996, 12th in 1995 and 11th in 1989. Esposito survived Day 5 on Saturday and now will look to improve upon his best finish.

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