NEWSBRIEF
BY MARKANDERSON
The Main Event: And On The Seventh Day
July 15, 2021

Day 7 of the 40th Annual World Series of Poker Main Event must seem truly surreal to watch to those not previously indoctrinated into our little world.  Throughout the day thirty seven people were handed checks worth somewhere between $90,000 to $254,000, yet many of them tend to look kind of miserable as a result.

Despite having already lost over 6,400 players in the last week or so, there were surprisingly still quite a few well known names left in contention at the start of today's frustrating play, yet many of these players found themselves foiled in one of the final hours and forced to settle for a 6-digit payday.

Some of the players who fell victim to Day 7 include 2007 WSOP Player of the Year Tom Schneider, Prahlad Friedman, Mark Ader, John Martin, Thai Tran, Fabrice Soulier, Hieu Luu, Adam Bilzerian, 2008 "November Niner" Dennis Phillips, Eugene Katchalov, Christopher Bach, Blair Rodman, Joe Ward and the pride of PokerRoad Joe Sebok, who played amazing but just couldn't get that early day double needed to make the last push to the final table.

Even after losing this most recent group of great players, there are still some interesting story lines and exciting pros left to watch in the final group of 27 including "The Magician" Antonio Esfandiari (4,470,000), James Akenhead (8,615,000), Jeff Shulman (10,170,000), Jonathan Tamayo (3,300,000), chip leader Darvin Moon (20,160,000), and Leo Margets (1,530,000), the final women in the field, and the one person capable at this point of creating a whole new female centered poker boom, if she can just hold on as 18 more players bust.

One other player still in the field thus far not mentioned, is PokerRoad's Phil Ivey, who ended the day with over 11,000,000 in chips and at this point has a real chance of making this year's "November Nine," with one last day to go.  Given Phil's current status as arguably "The Man" in poker right now, what an amazing scenario if he can hang on as well.

Today's (7/15/09) Day 8 will finally bring all this madness to conclusion until we meet again in November, and with every bust out seemingly like a major bubble, it should be a heartbreaking and excruciating day to rail, despite every player as this point being guaranteed over $350,000.

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Story by Mark Anderson

Sweet Tweets* from Day 7.

awake and ready to dance @ WSOP. this thing is bananas. not sure how long i can keep it rolling, but won't be for lack of effort. fight on.
-Joe Sebok

Today is the most important day of poker I have ever played with some luck I hope to say that tommorow #fb
-Scott Bohlman

Early level swoon. Check. My Jacks lose to A10 and I'm down to 475k. Got lucky because he played it slowly. Should be out. No quit!
-Joe Sebok

Im out TT loses to a7o
-Scott Bohlman

Pushed it as far as I could. Sorry ya'll. Had to move in w/A9 & 8 blinds & the small blind called w/AQ. No miracle. The dream ends. Out 56th
-Joe Sebok

Contraversy at table. Tourney paused for decision. Dealer mucked oppenent's hand after verbally declaring raise.
-Team Dennis Phillips

Dennis has pocket QQc. Flop Ac Xc Xc. Op bets. Dennis goes all in. Call. Op shows AA. Dennis rivers flush! 4 mil
-Team Dennis Phillips

THE End... of my 2009 Main Event. I feel very sad. GL to the french still in!
-Fabrice Soulier

AK vs. AK. All in preflop. Dennis lost to flush.
-Team Dennis Phillips

sorry battery is low, haven't been twittering, I got 5m, about to resume play with 29 left. We play down to 27 tonight.....
-Nick Maimone

Ended day with 11.35 million. 27 left. Back at noon tomorrow to play down to final 9. Keep your fingers crossed!
-Team Ivey

*A sampling of Twitter posts from Event #57, courtesy of the
PokerRoad Nation.

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