Nine long days are done, but there’s still one more to go in the 2012 World Series of Poker $10,000 Main Event before the final nine is determined. What started with 6,598 players is down to 27, all seeking a coveted spot at the final table. The man best positioned to claim a spot is Marc Ladouceur, who emerged as the chip leader on Day 6 with 15.875 million.
Sharing the same dreams and aspirations as the Canadian chip leader are an eclectic mix of players. Greg Merson gas already proved himself this summer by taking down Event #57 $10,000 No-Limit Hold-em—Six Handed for $1,136,197. If Merson, who currently sits in seventh place on the 2012 WSOP Player of the Year Leaderboard, does make the final table, he’ll earn enough to surpass Phil Ivey atop the said leaderboard and be positioned to capture those honors headed into the WSOP-Europe. Talk about extra motivation.
Likewise, Roland Israelashvili sits in 63rd place on the leaderboard, so either a second or first place finish in the Main Event would put him in the top stop; likewise, victories by either Yuval Bronshtein or Jeremy Ausmus would vault them to the top of the POY standing. While that would certainly be great, it’d no doubt be the cherry on top of having won poker’s most prestigious event.
There are also a couple other storylines that has everyone talking. Among the final 27 players are two women, Gaelle Baumann or Elisabeth Hille of France and Norway respectively. Each are looking to be the first female to make the Main Event table for the first time since Barbara Enright did so back in 1995, the first and only time a woman has ever accomplished the feat. In another regard, the question lingers as to whether or not Jamie Robbins can best his eleventh-place finish in the 2009 Main Event?
All of the questions marks and speculation will become clear by day’s end as 18 players will be sent home short of their goal. Action is set to recommence at 1 PM PST, which is about 40 minutes from now. We’ll begin with the remaining hour and thirty-seven minutes of Level 30, and then play down to a final table. There’s no telling how long it might take, but action won’t stop until we get there. Join us then as we bring you all the action and eliminations en route to the 2012 WSOP Main Event final table!