Day 6 of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event began with 79 players, but after 11 hours of play the field was reduced to the final 27. Leading the way with a stack of 22.335 million was Martin Jacobson, who started off his run by emerging as the Day 1a chip leader.
Jacobson got many of his chips in Level 27 when he won a big pot off Jason Johnson after he flopped a set with pocket sixes and got paid off by Johnson's kings. Johnson would go on to fall in 51st place. From there, Jacobson pushed Vladimir Bozinovic off a big hand to chip up to 9.7 million. Bozinovic would then go on to fall in 46th place for $152,025.
Joining Jacobson atop the counts to finish the day were Luis Velador (16.6 million), Dan Sindelar (16.345 million), Andoni Larrabe (15.28 million), and William Pappaconstantinou (14.64 million).
The pace for the day was set when Jason Leifer was ousted in 79th place after being on the wrong end of a set-over-set situation, and then a short time later the last woman remaining in the field, Maria Ho, was eliminated when she got her short stack all in preflop holding the against the of Zachary Hirst. Ho, who was also the last woman standing in the 2007 WSOP Main Event, took home $85,812 for her 77th-place finish.
Another notable to fall on Day 6 was Brian Hastings, who got his last 1.3 million all in preflop holding the against the of Andrey Zaichenko. Both players ended up making a full house, but Hastings was second best and had to settle for 64th place for $103,025.
The first post-dinner elimination came when Clayton Maguire got all in preflop holding the , but ran into the of Craig McCorkell. The flop came seven high, but Maguire would fail to find anymore help and had to settle for 44th place and $186,388 in prize money. Likewise, David Tuthill, who was extremely short stacked at one point on Day 5, earned the same amount after falling in 43rd place when his couldn't overcome the of Velador.
Others who fell throughout the day were Kyle Bowker (71st - $103,025), Tony Ruberto (68th - $103,025), Vitaly Lunkin (57th - $124,447), Isaac Baron (52nd - $152,025), Ryan Fair (48th - $152,025), Matt Waxman (45th - $186,388), Adam Lamphere (41st - $186,388), Garrett Greer (32nd - $230,487), Chris Johnson (31st - $230,487), and Day 4 chip leader Matthew Haugen (28th - $230,487).
While dozens fell, there is still some experienced talent in contention for a coveted spot in the November Nine. That includes Brazilian Bruno Politano (11.625 million), “King” Dan Smith (10.335 million), WSOP bracelet winner Craig McCorkell (8.765 million), Russia’s Andrey Zaichenko (7.335 million), last year’s ninth-place finisher Mark Newhouse (6.82 million), poker pro and 2012 12-th-place finisher Bryan Devonshire (5.765 million), bracelet winner and 2006 WSOP Main Event 11th-place finisher Leif Force (4.035 million), and Indiana cash-game player Chris Greaves (3.935 million).
The final 27 players will return at 12 p.m. local time on Monday to play down to the November Nine, a feat that will guarantee them a minimum $730,725 payday with a shot at the $10 million first-place prize. Who will navigate their way to the most prestigious final table in poker, and who will have their dreams cut short? Join the PokerNews Live Reporting Team then to find out.
In the meantime, check out Remko Rinkema’s Day 6 interview with Jacobson: