WSOP: Christian Pham Soars to Day 6 Chip Lead; 27 Remain
Christian Pham once registered for a World Series of Poker tournament by mistake and won it. On Sunday, Pham made all the right moves to end Day 6 of the 2017 WSOP Main Event and ended up as the chip leader with just 27 players remaining.
Pham’s move up the chip counts came at the expense of the player who spent the previous few days playing wearing a Superman costume, Jonathan Dwek. Pham raised to 425,000 from late position before Dwek raised to 690,000 from the small blind. Pham called and then called Dwek’s bet of 800,000 after the flop. The turn was the and Dwek bet 1,400,000 and Pham called. The river was the and Dwek bet 2,000,000. Pham announced all in and Dwek went into the tank before calling all in. Pham happily showed for the straight flush while Dwek showed for a straight. The hand eliminated Dwek in 38th place and gave Pham 25,800,000.
Pham, who won the $1,500 No Limit Deuce to Seven bracelet in 2015, ended the night with 31,250,000.
Frenchman Valentin Messina finished with the second biggest stack at 28,590,000 while English pro Jack Sinclair ended with 27,535,000.
Ben Lamb is one of three former November Niners still in contention for a return trip to the final table. The high stakes cash game regular finished Day 6 with 25,685,000 while Antoine Saout ended with 9,945,000 and last year’s fourth place finisher Michael Ruane ended up 16th after bagging 9,340,000.
Bryan Piccioli doubled up late in the night to end up with a top 10 stack. This marks the third straight year that Piccioli has cashed in the Main Event with each improvement outdoing the previous one.
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There were 85 players at the start of the day. Some of the eliminations on Sunday included WSOP bracelet winners Ian Johns, Arash Ghaneian, Max Silver, Chris Wallace, Kevin Song and Martin Finger.
Other notables who saw their Main Event end early include Tom Middleton, Charlie Carrel, Vitaly Lunkin, Kenny Hallaert, Connor Drinan and Brandon Meyers.
One player who was eliminated on Day 6 was 70th place finisher Paul Senat. The 37 year old is facing a manslaughter charge in Palm Beach County, Florida the Palm Beach Post reported. They were unsure about any possible conditions on the bond he agreed to.
Action resumes at Noon PT on Monday and will play down to a final table of nine.
Top 10 Chip Counts
- Christian Pham – 31,520,000
- Valentin Messina – 28,995,000
- Jack Sinclair – 27,690,000
- Ben Lamb – 25,685,000
- Pedro Oliveira – 22,540,000
- John Hesp – 20,880,000
- Randy Pisane – 18,370,000
- Scott Blumstein – 14,900,000
- Bryan Piccioli – 14,500,000