Monday July 17, 2017 at 3:14 pm
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Only 27 players remaining in the 2017 WSOP Main Event. At the start of Day 6, 85 players were still left in the hunt for the championship. By the end of the day, only 27 players remained and bracelet-winner Christian Pham bagged up the most chips. Kenny Hallaert and Mike Ruane were attempting to make back-to-back final tables in the Main Event. Kenny Hallaert's quest ended when he exited in 64th place. But Mike Ruane is still alive. Oh, and in the final bracelet event on the docket, Adrian Moreno from Southern California, won Event #74 Little One for One Drop for $528K score.

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John Hesp (Courtesy of Winamax)

And then there were 27. Who said Sundays in Vegas were boring? The 2017 WSOP Main Event played down from 85 to 27. Along the way, a couple of big names hit the bricks. But we also got a couple good stories coming out of the final three tables.

Christian Pham is most noted for being the guy who mistakenly registered for a non-NL event... then won the bracelet. He bagged up the most chips at the end of Day 6 with over 31M. France's Valentin Messina finished second overall with 28.6M. Jack Sinclair is third with 27.5M. Ben Lamb is still left in the hunt. He finished fourth on Day 6 with a 25.6M stack. Rounding out the top 5 is Pedro Oliveira.

And yes, John Hesp, the guy in the funky jacket. Whatever he's been doing... it worked. He is currently 6th out of 27.

Event #73 $10,000 NL MAIN EVENT CHAMPIONSHIP – Day 6 Results

Former November Niner and French pro Antoine Sauot is still left in the hunt. Also, last year's November Niner Mike Ruane is trying to pull a Newhizzle and make consecutive Main Event final tables.

Also still alive... Marcel Luske. The Flying Dutchman is super short (26th out of 27). He'll need some help on Day 7 is he wants to final table the Main Event.

Several big names fell by the wayside on Sunday. Belgian tournament director Kenny Hallaert made another deep run, but he finally bowed out in 64th place. He missed his shot at consecutive final tables.

British pro Max Silver busto in 45th place, while American highballa Connor Drinan busted in 56th.

Jonathan Dwek, the gregarious Canadian who played the entire Main Event in a Superman costume, busted late on Day 6. Superman is nevermore.

Notables who busted on Day 6 included... Chris Wallace (32nd), Jonathan Dwek (38th), Brandon Myers (42nd), Dario Sammartino (43rd), Max Silver (45th), Connor Drinan (56th), Jingwei Zhang (62nd), Kenny Hallaert (64th), Shawn Daniels (72nd), Ian Johns (73rd), Nicolas Cardyn (74th), Matthias De Meulder (78th), Sebastian Comel (79th) and Martin Finger (80th).

2017 WSOP - Event #73 $10,000 NL MAIN EVENT CHAMPIONSHIP

Entrants: 7,221

Prize Pool: $67,877,400

Payouts: 1,084

Players Remaining: 27

 

Chip Counts:

Christian Pham 31,440,000

Valentin Messina 28,590,000

Jack Sinclair 27,535,000

Ben Lamb 25,685,000

Pedro Oliveira 22,540,000

John Hesp 20,880,000

Randy Pisane 18,370,000

Scott Blumstein18,125,000

Richard Dubini 14,975,000

Bryan Piccioli 14,500,000

Richard Gryko 13,760,000

Jonas Mackoff 12,050,000

Michael Krasienko 11,430,000

Robin Hegele 11,150,000

Antoine Saout 9,945,000

Michael Ruane 9,340,000

Benjamin Pollak8,870,000

Alexandre Reard 8,580,000

Karen Sarkisyan8,105,000

Dan Ott7,815,000

Damian Salas 7,800,000

David Guay 7,400,000

Scott Stewart 6,230,000

Florian Lohnert5,360,000

Jake Bazeley 3,915,000

Marcel Luske 2,990,000

Michael Sklenicka 2,230,000

2017 WSOP - Event #74 Little One for One Drop - Final Results

Moreno Adrian LIL

We almost forgot to cover this one! Okay, not really. But with all eyes on the Main Event, it was easy to overlook the final and 74th event on the 2017 docket. The Little One for One Drop had a $1,111 buy-in.

The final event of the year was the last chance for many pros and dreamers to win a piece of history and the bling and the cash. In this case, it was over a half-mil in play.

And in the final event on the schedule, American Adrian Moreno defeated Martin Lesjoe of Norway heads-up to win the Little One for One Drop. The SoCal native slugged it out for nearly three hours before he knocked out the Norwegian. Moreno earned a payday worth $528K for fading a field of 4,391 runners. Quite a feat, eh?

American pro Matt Berkey finished in third, while France's Jimmy Guerrero took down fourth place.

Notables who went deep in the Lil One and cashed included... Matt Affleck, Dan Heimiller, Jean Gaspard, Ben Yu, Pieere Neuville, Ray Henson, David Bach, Jason Mercier, Blair Hinkle, Tony Dunst, Matt Stout, Shhanon Shorr, Will Molson, ODB, Adam Owen, Barry Shulman, Jesus Ferguson, Joe Tehan, and Joe Cheong.

2017 WSOP - Event #74 $1,111 NL Little One for One Drop

Entrants: 4,391

Prize Pool: $3,951,900

Payouts: 659

 

Final Table Results:

1. Adrian Moreno (USA) $528,316

2. Martin Lesjoe (Norway) $326,314

3. Matt Berkey (USA) $240,588

4. Jimmy Guerrero (France) $178,764

5. Richard Dixon (USA) $133,868

6. Giuseppe Pantaleo (Germany) $101,041

7. Ricardo Ramos (USA) $76,871

8. Samuel Vonkennel (USA) $58,953

9. Alexandros Papadopoulos (Greece) $45,578

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