Event #57: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Championship

Day 5 Comes to a Close

Evan Lamprea

Just about 12 hours ago, 574 hopefuls walked into the Amazon Room at the Rio looking to continue their quest to become to 2010 WSOP Main Event Champion. Over 60% of the field fell short of their ultimate goal, but all walked away with some cash in hand as the money bubble burst last night.

Heading the pack was Tony Dunst. He came dressed to impress as always ready to command his field-leading stack. Things didn't go as planned for Dunst. The horseshoe he claimed to have "lodged up his ass" the past two days must have fallen out. Dunst lost a few flips throughout the day and some other things didn't just go right which caused him to wrap up the day with just 327,000 in chips.

Joining him for Day 6 will be plenty of notable players. Eric Baldwin, Theo Tran, Scott Clements and Alexander Kostritsyn are all moving on. Phil Galfond, William Thorson, Johnny Lodden, David Benyamine, Jean-Robert Bellande and Binh Nguyen also remain. If none of those names draw your attention, this next one will.

Johnny Chan is still alive and doing quite well with 2,559,000 in chips. Chan won back-to-back titles in 1987 and 1988 making this a chance for number three. It's still a long shot for Chan to grab that third title, but he's playing more and more solid the deeper he goes. With that mountain of chips he's behind, who knows how deep this run will go.

Although two of the Mizrachi brothers busted out after all four of them made the money, Robert and Michael still remain. Earlier in the Series, Robert and Michael both made the final table of the $50,000 Player's Championship which Michael eventually went on to win. Going deep again in this Main Event with such a massive field is quite the accomplishment in itself and they both are 100% up for the task. When asked about how he felt about making it this deep with his brother, Michael responded by saying, "It's very exciting. I'm very excited and hope Rob makes the final table." He also added that he'd like to be the first player to capture both the Player's Championship and the Main Event. "I think it'd be the greatest accomplishment in poker history," he finished.

On top of that amazing story of the Mizrachi brothers, Gualter Salles is still alive after getting knocked all the way down to just one chip. He managed to run that single chip up to 939,000 by the end of the day and will return tomorrow to try and continue this amazing chip-and-a-chair story.

When the day ended, 205 players remained with Evan Lamprea on the top of the leaderboard. He bagged up 3,564,000 in chips. Coming in behind him are Michael Skender (3,527,000), Joseph Cheong (3,357,000), Duy Le (3,186,000), Theo Jorgensen (3,088,000) and Bryn Kenney (2,902,000).

Day 6 begins Thursday at 12:00 noon as the quest continues. We'll see you right back here on PokerNews for all the live updates!

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