Robin Hegele Leads after 2017 WSOP Main Event Day 5

The behemoth field of this year’s WSOP Main Event was reduced to just 85 players on Day 5 of its schedule. Those remaining survivors are set to progress to Day 6, led by Germany’s Robin Hegele. The player bagged and tagged 9,990,000 worth in chips on Saturday night, just short of the 10-million mark.

Based in Munich, Hegele has been taking part in live poker tournaments for several years now. He has cashed in several of those, collecting a total of $48,228. In other words, a deeper run in the WSOP Main Event or a potential victory would be what would launch him into the big poker scene.

Commenting on his leading position after Day 5 of the tournament, the German humbly responded that he was surprised to be the chip leader. The player further noted that he was only focusing on the fact that he was playing poker and that made him happy.

Other Main Event participants were less lucky on Day 5. The likes Charlie Carrel, Max Pescatori, Randy Lew, Davidi Kitai, and Dominik Nitsche did not survive the day. The last of the ladies to have entered poker’s World Championship was also eliminated on Saturday. After female players like Kathy Liebert, Tracy Nguyen, and Jessica Ngu left the field, it was Yuan-Yuan Li to become the last woman standing. However, her run into the tournament ended when she ran into the queens of an opponent to leave in 105th place.

There are two 2016 WSOP November Niners still in contention – Michael Ruane, who finished 4th last year for $2,567,003, and Kenny Hallaert, who took 6th place for $1,464,258. Hallaert continued his nice run from Day 4 to secure himself with 4,370,000 in chips by the end of Day 5. As for Ruane, he will begin Day 6 play with 3,450,000.

The 85 survivors are set to return to the poker tables of the host venue today at 11 am local time. They will play five or six levels, depending on the pace players are eliminated with. Days 6 and 7 are scheduled to be the final days of play before the nine-handed final table.

Unlike previous years, this year the nine finalists will not have to wait until early November to determine the winner. Organizers decided to scrap the November Nine concept for the 2017 edition of what is known to be the world’s most prestigious No-Limit Hold’em event. This means that fans will know the name of this year’s champion in just several days. The final table is set to be played on July 20-22 and the winner will scoop a first-place prize of $8.15 million.

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