We are down to 79 runners in the WSOP main event, all chasing the first prize of over $9m.
Actually the winner can probably add at least $5m in endorsements to that number, some could double or treble it. If one of the two remaining female players won, the sky would be the limit !
The tournament is very "top heavy", with over 50% of the prize money going to the final table, however, all remaining players are guaranteed a $77,200 payday.
Mark Ketteringham leads the way with 5.7m in chips, Tiffany Michelle, seen right with Mike "The Mouth, is in third spot with 3.8m and would surely be Espn's dream winner (Mike is the one wearing glasses). Short stack is Chris Zaph with 360k, Lisa Parsons, the other remaining member of the fairer sex, has a few more options with 630k, but not many.
Two really big names left, Phil Hellmuth has 890k and starts tomorrow with a one-orbit penalty, after a typical blow up, in the last hand of the day, on a featured table, when every camera on the room is on him, now that's a surprise !
Mike Matusow has more room to manoeuvre with 1.2m, he was very low profile all day long, until this hand took place (you can read a summary of all the day's action on the WSOP site) ...
Matusow is famous for bemoaning his bad luck, you have to gamble at some stage, but he will have to keep quiet for an hour or two after that one, although that is unlikely to last too long !