Another day of action-packed poker is in the books at the Bellagio Poker Room in Las Vegas. Now there are only 24 players left, which means that just another 9 need to be eliminated before everyone's guaranteed a min-cash worth $49,120, and Amir Babakhani (player of the day) leads the pack with 1.2 million chips. Other big stacks include Brandon Steven (1,091,000), Matt Hyman (1,042,000), Hyon Kim (891,000), and Alex Phahurat (878,000).
Not familiar with any of the names above? Don't worry! Poker stars such as Dan Shak (698,000), Jason Mercier (583,000), Erick Lindgren (467,000), Jake Cody (365,000) and Daniel Negreanu (329,000) will return to play tonight and battle it out for a seat at tomorrow's final table - where a first prize of $1,150,297 is up for the grabs!
Negreanu is starting to run low on chips, he better find a way to turn things around on his side or else he can be making part of those 9 left. Sometimes he risks more than he should (just saw a video a few days ago where he won with 1010 vs QQ with a 10 on the river) but that's what the game is made of.
Notable eliminations : Phil Hellmuth, Antonio Esfandiari, John Hennigan, Jonathan Aguiar, David Sands, John Hennigan, Noah Schwartz, Paul Klann, Ravi Raghavan, Matt Giannetti, Faraz Jaka, Mike Linster, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Dan O’Brien, Justin Young, Marvin Rettenmaier, and Season XI WPT Player of the Year leader Matt Salsberg.
Hyon Kim assumed the mantle of "bubble boy" after his pocket tens failed to overcome Dan Shak's pocket queens, it was Rheem who thrived. With the surviving 15 players guaranteed at least $49,210, the American pro, who has been the subject of various stacking scandals, bagged 4,839,000 chips at the close of play to finish ahead of Erik Lindgren (2,518,000). If both Rheem and Lindgren make it into the final six, the rail's receptions towards the two controversial figures will certainly be interesting. However, with the likes of Daniel Negreanu (545,000), Rocco Palumbo (680,000) and Jonathan Roy (1,987,000) still in contention, anything could happen during penultimate session.