LAS VEGAS -- The 2019 World Series of Poker main event has reached a critical stage of the tournament, with only 106 players left to contend for poker's world championship and $10 million.
Wednesday was moving day, and it couldn't have gone much better for Timothy Su. After a rush of cards in the final hour of play on Day 5, the Boston native bagged 19.235 million -- putting him in a tremendously advantageous position as a chip leader holding 60 percent more chips than Sam Greenwood, who finished the night in second with 11.95 million.
For his part, the stakes at hand shouldn't challenge Greenwood; as an experienced high roller player with over $18 million in career tournament results, he'll be well suited to handle the stage and the bright lights of this event. Antonio Esfandiari, who won the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop at the 2012 WSOP (and has over $27 million in lifetime earnings), is similarly acclimated to the spotlight, although he'll start Day 6 a little bit further back, in 29th with 6.63 million.
Another story to keep an eye on is the run of Daniel Hachem, the son of 2005 WSOP main event champion Joe Hachem. He continued to build his stack on Day 5 as well, bagging 6.765 million heading into Thursday's action.
While it was a good day for those 106 players still in contention, almost 250 players saw their main event dreams come to an end along the way Wednesday. Former All-Pro New England Patriots defensive lineman Richard Seymour was eliminated late in the night, finishing 131st and earning $59,295 for his run. Familiar faces like Tom Cannuli (354th), Jay Farber (339th), Joseph Cheong (209th) and Mike Matusow (199th) won't be making a return run to the WSOP main event final table this time around.
Aurora, Illinois' Jill Bryant won last woman standing honors for 2019, but her WSOP main event run ended in 116th place. Her $59,295 cash tops her previous best cash of $14,524, which she earned alongside a WSOP Circuit ring this past February.
Play resumes at 12 p.m. at the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino. Day 6 coverage of the WSOP main event on ESPN2 will start late into the night, running from 12:30 a.m. ET until 2 a.m.