WSOP 2012 Main Event – Negreanu Battles Bravely But Is Out On Day 5!

How quickly things change in the World Series Of Poker. Kyle Keranen has come from nowhere to the top of the leader board, he managed to build up a very healthy stack of 6.9 million.

Keranen has a good record of cashes in the Main Event dating back to 2008, however this is already his best performance to date and will result in his biggest score at a WSOP Main Event.

Day 5 started with 282 players who were all still chasing that poker dream of winning a Main Event bracelet. After just five hours that field was cut down to 97, and Keranen was the man on top.

The Year Of The Lesser Known Players!

Many of the big names have fallen which means this year could see a poker player who is not as well known picking up the WSOP Main Event. This has led to some very interesting stories in the Main Event, such as Gaelle Baumann being the leading lady in the event with 3.9 million chips. She is followed by two more women still left in the event, Elisabeth Hille is at 3.3 million and Vanessa Selbst is hanging in there on 1.3 million.

Fabrizio Gonzalez also continued with his run, his rags to riches story is well documented and he is currently in the top ten with a stack of 3.9 million. He is definitely on course to become Uruguay’s biggest ever score in the World Series Of Poker Main Event.

Eric Buchman who was on the final table last year is still in with a shot of doing the same this year, he is currently sitting with 1.5 million chips.

Daniel Negreanu Will Not Be Adding To His Bracelets Here!

Day 5 spelled the end for Daniel Negreanu despite his valiant efforts to climb up the rankings. The Canadian poker superstar lost most of his chips in a hand that saw his two pair beaten by a full house. He actually finally went out to actor Kevin Pollak, which is quite a scalp for the Usual Suspects actor, Negreanu’s KQ was beaten emphatically by Pollaks AK.

Pollak himself didn’t last much longer, and his bust out would leave a bitter taste in many poker players mouths…not Pollak though; he saw it as a memorable way to be eliminated. He went into the hand against Krill Rabstov, and they were both all in pre-flop only to both show a pair of queens a piece in their hands, Rabstov got lucky and four flushed the actor.

As things stand, let’s have a little look at the leader board.

Kyle Keranen – 6,935,000

Robert Salaburu – 6,195,000

Taylor Paur – 5,820,000

Erik Hellman – 4,715,000

Wilfried Haerig – 4,505,000

Shahriar Assareh – 4,395,000

Charles Coultas – 4,015,000

Gaelle Baumann – 3,980,000

Fabrizio Gonzalez – 3,935,000

Nicco Maag – 3,895,000

The top ten is now shaping up quite nicely, the tournament is getting to its climax and we will be here to report and keep you in the know.