In the modern-day poker era (2002-present), only three players have finished in the top 50 the year after they reached the World Series of Poker Main Event final table. Those three players are Dan Harrington, Greg Raymer and Dennis Phillips.
|Dan Harrington||2003||3rd - $650,000|
|2004||4th - $1,500,000|
|Greg Raymer||2004||1st - $5,000,000|
|2005||25th - $304,680|
|Dennis Phillips||2008||3rd - $4,517,778|
|2009||45th - $178,857|
The reason PokerNews brings this up is because last year, Sam Holden made the WSOP Main Event final table. He went on to finish in ninth place for $782,115 and is on the brink of getting into the top 50 this year in his back-to-back run.
Holden is one of the 58 players returning to play after the dinner break and has 1.995 million in chips. That's below the 3.4-million average, but a Holden's very much still in the race. One thing is for sure, he knows what it's like to get this deep and has experience on his side.
Only a few more eliminations to go and Holden will be in the top 50, so be sure to stay tuned to PokerNews for all of the updates. Earlier in the day, our very own Sarah Grant caught up with Holden to talk about his second deep run in as many years and you can check that interview out below.