This year’s World Series of Poker Main Event has reached the money stage and Australia is being well represented in the event. As the 2019 WSOP Main Event money bubble burst in the closing level of Monday’s play, 15 Aussie poker players at the Rio Casino managed to make the money.
Among the players that subsequently managed a cash were two Australian Poker Hall of Famers and the son of the man that started Australia’s Poker Boom.
Second Largest WSOP Main Event Field Ever
The 2019 WSOP Main Event drew the second largest field in history with 8,569 players putting down $10,000 to play in the event. At one point it then seemed that the field would break the record for the largest field. However, even late registration until the start of Day 2 was not enough to put the field over the top. Regardless, this was an impressive field.
Due to the massive turnout and the structure of the event, it took until the end of Day 3 for this tournament to reach the money. A total of 1,286 players will be paid in this event after Ryan Pochedly went out as the official Bubble Boy of the 2019 Main Event. He will receive a free entry into next year’s Main Event.
After Pochedly’s elimination, play ended for the day and the remaining players are all guaranteed no less than $15,000. The ultimate winner of the event will receive $10 million. All players at the final table will be poker millionaires.
15 Australians Left
Only one Australian, Robert Campbell, has walked away with a WSOP bracelet to this point. Nevertheless, there are 15 players still alive in the 2019 WSOP Main Event, including Aussie Poker Hall of Famers Jeff Lisandro and Gary Benson. Another name that will seem a bit familiar is Daniel Hachem. Daniel is the son of 2005 WSOP Main Event Champion Joe Hachem, the man that started the Aussie Poker Boom.
Four Aussies finished Day 3 play with more than 1 million in chips. Warwick Mirzikinian finished as the high man among all Aussies left in the field, bagging 1.17 million in chips. Right behind him was Luke Martinelli, bagging 1.12 million. The lone female Aussie in the field is Sosia Jiang, who has 622k heading into Day 4 and a shot of being the “Last Woman Standing” in the field.
List Of Aussie 2019 WSOP Main Event Cashes
Below is a list of the Aussies that will cash in this year’s WSOP Main Event:
- Warwick Mirzikinian
- Luke Martinelli
- Daniel Hachem
- Daniel Neilson
- Sosia Jiang
- Michel Bouskila
- Jeff Lisandro
- Stevan Chew
- Craig Blight
- Bobby Zhang
- Nazih Sibaei
- William Mitchell
- Paul Hockin
- Martin Kozlov
- Gary Benson
Plenty of Big Names Still Left in 2019 WSOP Main Event
There are still numerous top players and former Main Event Champions left in the field. Amongst the biggest names left heading into Day 4 is Galen Hall who is fourth in chips with 1,286 players left. Other notables left include Joseph Cheong, Jean-Robert Bellande, Eric Baldwin, Allen Kessler, Kathy Liebert, Antonio Esfandiari, Bertrand Grospellier, Allen Cunningham, Mike “The Mouth” Matusow, Gus Hansen, and Josh Arieh.
In addition, three past Main Event champions are left in the field. Johnny Chan, the 1986 and 1987 Main Event Champion has 498k left heading into Day 4. Also, Qui Nguyen, the 2016 Main Event champ, has 669k in chips.
However, one story everyone will be watching is that of 2003 Main Event champion Chris Moneymaker. Anyone that follows poker knows Moneymaker as he’s the man that started the global poker boom with his win in 2003. That year he won an online satellite at PokerStars to earn his seat into the event. Similarly, this year, Moneymaker again won his way into the WSOP Main Event via an online satellite. Can he once again turn an online satellite seat into his second Main Event title? We will know the answer to this story and a lot more over the next few days.