by Joseph Smith Sr.
Day 6 of the World Series of Poker Main Event is now history. This is the eve of the Day 7 which will produce the nine players making up the November Nine, an elite group of highly paid poker players. Each will receive ninth place money amounting to $730,725 before leaving the Rio Pavilion on a nearly four month hiatus.
The November Nine group not only receive the cash but each has an invitation and golden ticket that includes a seat at the fabled Main Event Final Table in November. Once again the conclusion of the 2014 WSOP will occur over a two day period in November at the Penn & Teller Theater located within the Rio Resort in Las Vegas.
Seven of the November Nine will leave as a WSOP Millionaire. Five of those seven players will be multi-millionaires and one, the winner, will be holding all the chips and that allows him to claim the $10,000,000 guaranteed first place prize money, the unique 2014 WSOP Championship bracelet and a place on poker's most exclusive list, WSOP Main Event World Champion of Poker.
Day 5's last two-hour level #30 began a few minutes after midnight with 34 players remaining. WSOP official decided the level would be halted when 27 players remained or time expired. Players eliminated 34th through 28th received $230,487 from the $62,820,200 prize pool.
The $10,000,000 smell wafting around the remaining poker tables tends to slow down the players abilities to subject their chip stacks to decisions that could remove them from the competition. In turn, eliminations also tend to occur more slowly. Another factor affecting the speed of eliminations is the massive chip stacks the remaining players are guarding.
End of Day 6 chip leader is Martin Jacobson of Stockholm, Sweden with 22,335,000 in play money followed by a distant 2nd place on the chip leader board Luis Velador from Corona, California with 16,600,000. Third is Las Vegan Dan Sindelar holding 16,345,000, fourth finds Andoni Larrabe of Spain with 15,280,000 and William Pappaconstantinou from Dracut, Maine guarding his 14,640,000 rounds out the top five on the chip list.
Mark Newhouse, Day 6 starting chip leader and only 2013 November Nine player left in the action, finished Day 6 with 6,820,000 placing him 11th on the leader board. Scott Palmer is the end of Day 6 short stack and the only player left with less than a million in chips when he starts Day 7 on Monday at High Noon with 760,000 checkers.
The final remaining woman in the event, Maria Ho, was eliminated in 77th place early into Day 6 and collected $86,812 for her efforts.