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2018 WSOP Main Event: Day 5 - Michael Dyer leads with 12m chips, 109 Players Remain

Tags: 2018 WSOP, Benjamin Pollak, Cliff Josephy, Joe Cada, Kelly Minkin, Michael Dyer.
Posted on 11 July 2018 by "T".

A total of 7,874 players jumped into Event #65 $10,000 NLHE Main Event World Championship, and now only 109 players remain as Day 5 ended in a rather peculiar way. Day 5's chip stack hero is Houston resident Michael Dyer with 12,180,000.

As a result of a thunderstorm, the first serious rainfall of the summer accompanied by howling winds, the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino's Amazon room experienced a power outage that occurred late Monday evening. Emergency lights were used about an hour before players were scheduled to bag and call it a day. Even if there was some light made available, the tournament director decided that the best thing to do is to stop action for the evening and send the surviving players home.

The remaining 109 players are now guaranteed a $57,010 payday at the least; however, their eyes are definitely pinpointed on the championship bracelet and of course the $8.8 million top prize money.

Michael Dyer has more than $130,000 in previous live tournament winnings so far, including a final table finish in a WSOP $2,000 NLHE event for $65,905 back in 2009.

There are still many notable players left with a good shot at becoming this year's poker world champion. Three-time bracelet winner Brian Yoon took the 2nd spot in the leaderboards with 8,395,000 chips advancing to Day 6.

Frenchman Benjamin Pollak finished Day 5 with 5,715,000 chips. Pollak, who finished 3rd place in the 2017 WSOP Main Event for $3.5 million is aiming to add more to his $8,866,323 in career earnings with this year's deep run on the same event.

Benjamin Pollak


Other big names in poker that are vying for the top spot include:
Bracelet winner Barry Hutter (5,695,000)
Two-time bracelet winner Eric Froehlich (5,365,000)
Ivan Luca (4,580,000)
Shannon Shorr (2,915,000)
Three-time bracelet winner Shaun Deeb (2,610,000)
Yueqi Zhu (2,210,000)
James Obst (1,730,000)

Joe Cada, 2009 WSOP Main Event champ and three-time bracelet winner, is the only player left in the field who has a chance to take down this tournament for the second time around. He ended Day 5 with 2,965,000 chips.

A total of 301 female players entered this year's Main Event, and now only one is left standing. Kelly Minkin is the ‘last woman standing' for the second time. She had previously earned this recognition in 2015 when she finished 29th in the Main Event for $211,821. Minkin was at the chip lead position at some point during this day, but ended up with 1,205,000 when play was stopped for the night.

Kelly Minkin

There were a total of 201 players eliminated on Day 5, and that included 2016 Main Event 3rd placer and two-time bracelet winner Cliff Josephy. Also known as ‘JonnyBax', Josephy shoved his last chips in with pocket kings against Michael Dyer's A-K of clubs. The ace on the river made Dyer soar into the chip lead, while Josephy was eliminated in 123rd place with $57,010.

Cliff Josephy
Other big poker names who unfortunately hit the rail on Day 5 include:

  • Brian Altman (113th - $57,010)
  • Scott Davies (126th - $57,010)
  • Three-time bracelet winner Antonio Esfandiari (132nd - $57,010)
  • Three-time bracelet winner Paul Volpe (142nd - $57,010)
  • Two-time bracelet winner Ben Yu (150th - $57,010)
  • Kyle Julius (186th - $49,335)
  • Ema Zajmovic (215th - $49,335)
  • Chris Bjorin (253rd - $42,980)
  • Fve-time bracelet winner Daniel Alaei (265th - $42,980)
  • Chris Moorman (273rd - $42,980)
  • Three-time bracelet winner Barbara Enright (292nd - $37,705).


Day 5 Top 10




Chip Count


Michael Dyer

United States



Brian Yoon

United States



Jeff Trudeau

United States



Hari Bercovici




Bart Lybaert




Paulo Goncalves




Peter Campo

United States



Konstantin Beylin

United States



Alexander Gross

United States



Artem Metalidi




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5 comments on "2018 WSOP Main Event: Day 5 - Michael Dyer leads with 12m chips, 109 Players Remain"

 doubletop77711/07/2018 08:25:37 GMT
It is now getting down to the nitty gritty and the next few sessions should be fascinating. It was a shame that Antonio Esfandiari went out because i always enjoy watching him play
 Mober11/07/2018 13:13:06 GMT
By reading the whole article what you keep in your mind i believe is,
getting eliminated 292nd, winning almost 38k USD Smile
Of course the buy in is 10k USD for it, but still a very nice profit for that position.
With so many paid places it get easier, for some players to push the money for the buy in,
for a chance to a table full of money Smile
 Gerimantas11/07/2018 13:17:16 GMT
Yes even more big name players go home and not get anything from thwir buyin. Of course now.people have 57.000 guaranteed is good, but most players dream about final table and become millionaire.
 dule-vu11/07/2018 15:53:46 GMT
again we have almost 8000 players on main event and great prize pool!it will be great "fight" in next days and who know who will win first prize and bracelet!hope that soon we will have this on tv or on you tube and to see how everything was!
 pajalnick11/07/2018 19:04:02 GMT
Barry Hatter is certainly the leader of the day ... but in dangerous proximity to him is Eric Frolich ... and Ivan Luka is not too far behind ... and other players can double their stack and become leaders ... as it seems to me in this tournament have a chance of success for almost all players

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