After five full days, the 2021 World Series of Poker Main Event is under 100 players. A total of 6,650 brave souls took a shot at the glory and $8 million for first place, but after a wild Saturday night at the Rio in Las Vegas, the Main Event is down to 96 players. On Saturday morning, 292 players returned for Day 5 but almost two-thirds were wiped out by the end of the session.
Heading into Day 6, there are three German players in the top eight. Koray Aldemir leads everyone with 14.3M, while Andreas Kneip (8.5M) bagged seventh overall and Tonio Roder (8M) is right behind in eighth place.
Roman Colillas, otherwise known as Spain's Chris Moneymaker, is making another historic run. He ended Friday's session with the chip lead with 292 remaining at the end of Day 4. He lost the overall lead, but still sitting behind a mountain of chips with 12M, or good for second overall.
The rest of the Top 10 included Canadian pro Jonathan Dwek, Argentina's Alejandro Lococo, plus four Americans -- Zachary Mcdiarmid, Jesse Lonis, Roongsak Griffeth, and Stephen Gerber.
Chirs Moneymaker went on a deep run and one of his best since he won the Main Event in 2003 and helped ignite the glorious poker boom of the early 21st Century. Moneymaker was short at the start of Day 5 but couldn't get anything going. He busted in 260th place, which paid out $38,600.
Other noteworthy players who started Day 5 but failed to advance to Day 6 yet cashed included... Jose Wong, Josh Tam, Morgan Machina, Toby Lewis, Tristan Wade, Julian Milliard-Feral, Richard Lee, Pete Chen, James Gilbert, Will Molson, Jameson Painter, Keith Lehr, Jason Koon, Jonathan Aguiar, Robert Lee, Arnaurd Mattern, Andrew Dick, Jean-Luc Adam, Joey Weissman, Phachara Wongwichit, Bob Lipkin, Vangelis Kaimakamis, Marle Cordeiro, Ivan Deyra, Qui Nguyen, Dan Heimiller, Justin Turner, Matt Berkey, Ricky Tang, Mimi Luu, Steve Z, Matt Waxman, Marco Esquondoles, and Justin Liberto.
Familiar faces among the 96 fortunate souls that survived Day 5 and will return for Day 6 included... Chance Kornuth, Stevie Chidwick, Jung Woo, Adam Walton, Chase Bianchi, Matt Jewett, Roman Hrabec, Jareth East, Heng Zhang, Norbert Koh, Pat Wall, Lewis Spencer, Dragana Lim, Hye Park, Demosthenes Kiriopoulos, Bob Mitchell, Glynn Beebe, Ron Jensen, Francis Crus, Ronnie Abro, Jeremy Joseph, Philipe Pinto, Ugur Secilmis, Vasu Amarapu, Mike Nugent, Josh Prager, Mikiya Kudo, Josh Field, Chris Trang, Sean Ragozzini, Chris Downling, Tyler Cornell, Shai Arbel, Jeffrey Trudeau, Stephen Song, Matija Dobric, Yuri Dzivielevski, Behrooz Jamshidi, Rob Cowen, Asher Conniff, Jack Oliver, Jason Osser, Mitch Halverson, Nicolas Dumont, Nick Petrangelo, Fatima Nanji, Austin Lewis, Jake Tool, Adam Duong, and super-shortstacked Niko Koop.
2021 WSOP Main Event (Thru Day 5)
Prize Pool: $62,011,250
Top 10 Chip Counts - End Day 5:
1. Koray Aldemir (Germany) 14,325,000
2. Ramon Colillas (Spain) 12,000,000
3. Jonathan Dwek (Canada) 10,125,000
4. Zachary Mcdiarmid (USA) 9,700,000
5. Jesse Lonis (USA) 8,995,000
6. Roongsak Griffeth (USA) 8,925,000
7. Andreas Kniep (Germany) 8,515,000
8. Tonio Roder (Germany) 8,000,000
9. Alejandro Lococo (Argentina) 7,805,000
10. Stephen Gerber (USA) 7,700,000