Saturday’s Day 5 began with 378 starters, with every one of them knowing they would pick up at least $30,974. That starting field was reduced by 236 as 142 players survived to make yesterday’s Day 6.
Bust-outs arrived quickly on Saturday, leaving Georgia’s David Bach on top with 4,706,000 chips, to be followed by Germany’s Pius Heinz (4,699,000), Canadian Kyle Johnson (4,654,000), Vegas-based Phil Collins (4,109,000) and Ben Lamb (4,032,000), of Tulsa.
Those five were the only players to end Day 5 above four million in chips, with Bach securing a crucial pot close to the day’s end against Germany’s Max Heinzelmann.
Bach went all-in it pre-flop with K♠ K♦, to be faced by Heinzelmann’s A♠ A♥. The American was way behind, but the Q♦ 7♦ 4♦ flop brought him right back in it as he picked up a flush draw. The 6♥ turn changed nothing, but Bach found the 3♦ on the river to secure his flush and send Heinzelmann to the rail in 151st for $54,851.
Day 4 chip leader Manoj Viswanathan, of Brooklyn, didn’t have a great day, though, as he was out before the dinner break on Day 5 after losing a couple of big pots to Canadian David Barter.
Barter finally sent Viswanathan out when his pocket queens ran into Barter’s aces to bust out in 191st place for just $47,107.
Also joining Viswanathan and Heinzelmann at the rail were the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Martin De Knijff, Garry Gates, Mark Newhouse, Matt Stout, Joe Tehan, Paul Volpe, Kevin Saul, Peter Jetten, Carter King, Robert McGreevy-Iler, Alex Kamberis, Jon Turner, John Cernuto, David Vamplew, Chris Kwon, Freddy Deeb and Darus Suharto.
The last player to exit on Saturday was Texan Ben Tollerene in what was the night’s final hand.
Tollerene shoved all-in for about 380,000 chips with the board showing K♦ 6♣ 5♥. However, his K♥ 9♠ was a massive underdog to the A♠ A♣ of another Canadian in Tyler Bonkowski. The 10♥ on the turn and 3♦ river gave Tollerene no assistance to end his main event in 143rd for $54,851.