Anton Morgenstern Takes The Lead As Final Table Approaches At WSOP 2013 Main Event

Its a super elite group Mortensen would join if he claimed a second main event win
JC Tran is well placed in 4th going into day 7

Event 62 – $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event

Day 6 of the main event started off with Yevgeniy Timoshenko winning everything going and racing into the chip lead as the first man past the 10 million mark. That early momentum would eventually run out but the stack that he built during his rush was good enough to see Timoshenko safely negotiate another day and take a step closer towards being one of the November Nine. His end of day stack of 5,310,000 is now below average, but there are just 26 other players still left in with a chance of taking down the most important tournament in the world.

All of the other bigger names at the start of the day also managed to make it through to the final day of the series until play is suspended for the November finale. David Benefield (1,840,000), JC Tran (11,970,000) and Carlos Mortensen (10,790,000) are all still going although there was a hairy moment for The Matador when he shipped it in with {a-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds} and ran into Jorn Walthaus' {k-Spades}{k-Hearts}. The Spaniard got there on the river though after the board ran out {q-Spades}{10-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{j-Clubs} for a crucial double up. Mike Matusow recently stated that Carlos Mortensen was the most successful player around relative to number of tournaments played, and he is certainly in great shape to back that up by making a return to the main event final table.

Chip leader is German player Anton Morgenstern, and a pretty decent lead it is as well. Whoever has a big stack as the final table bubble approaches should be able to exert plenty of pressure to pick up even more chips during that tense period. Morgenstern’s 21,955,000 (220 BBs) stack is almost 50% bigger than that of second placed Sylvain Loosli who has 14,125,000.

Along with Carlos Mortensen there is actually somebody else who has already been through all this before and that is Steve Gee. He finished in 9th place last year and would be the first player since Dan Harrington to make back to back main event final tables if he could survive one more day. He will have his work cut out though as he is one of the shorter stacks on 3,160,000.

It’s looking like there could well be one or two big names at this year’s final table, and we’re not far from finding out exactly who the November Nine will be. Day 7 is the final cut and by the end of it we will be left with nine players who are all guaranteed $ 733,224 but will be dreaming of a lot more than that with a massive $ 8,359,531 waiting for the winner.


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