Update: Last Competition before WSOP Main Event Starts

And excitement grows

The last standard event began on July 5 at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, before the much anticipated main event kicks off on July 7.

But first about events that have already gone halfway through. The first one is event 54: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em whose third day ended with 9 survivors out of the 45 that started the day. Now, at the end of Level 26, the final table has been reached, consisting of Maxim Lykov in the chip lead on 3,875,000, Dror Michaelo (1,980,000), Joshua Evans (1,670,000), Sebastien Roy (1,400,000), Douglas Mackinnon (1,160,000), Warren Wooldridge (1,030,000), Harald Olsen (1,025,000), Stanislav Alekhin (820,000) and Ren Ho Zhang (785,000).

As for event 55: $50,000 Poker Player's Championship, the fourth day of the event saw 29 players back, led by Josh Arieh, but by the end of the day at level 20, only 11 top players were still in contention.

At the end of the day, the chip counts were the following: Scott Seiver (3,891,000), Matt Glantz (2,563,000), Minh Ly (2,304,000), Brian Rast (2,252,000), Phil Hellmuth (1,720,000), Vladimir Shchemelev (1,510,000), Jeffrey Lisandro (1,067,000), Owais Ahmed (1,020,000), Ben Lamb (1,008,000), Jason Lester (795,000), and George Lind (550,000).

A competition that began on July 5, Event 56: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em, attracted a massibe number of 3,389 players, who created a prize pool of $4.57 million. The end of the first day was proclaimed when ten levels were completed, and at that time, Ben Volpe was in the chip lead on 156,400, followed by David Zemel on 127,700.

Some of the players still in contention are Bryn Kennedy, Gavin Smith, Brett Jungblut, Eddy Sabat and Dan Kelly.

In terms of the last competition before the main event, Event 57: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low Split-8 or Better, it pulled in 352 entries and a prize pool of $1.65 million.

The recognizable names appearing on the player list include Will Failla, Marco Traniello, Daniel Negreanu, Chino Rheem, Chris Bjorin, Allen Kessler, Shannon Shorr, Greg Raymer, Bill Chen, defending champ Chris Bell, John Cernuto, Lee Watkinson, Alex Kravchenko, James Dempsey, Alex Gomes, Mike Sexton, Claudio Rinaldi, Roberto Romanello, Dan Shak, Joe Tehan, Phil Laak, Galen Hall, Erik Seidel, John Hennigan and Ali Eslami.

At level 8 only 189 players were left, led by Alexandre Gomes on 73,000 and Max Pescatori on 72,000.

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