The 2011 World Series of Poker main event has been one of the most successful in terms of overall entries in the history of the event. Over 6,800 players entered the tournament that began over a week ago, and as of Sunday night, only sixty-three remained.
The battle for the most coveted bracelet in sports began back on July 7th, and is continuing at the Rio in Las Vegas. Sin City has been packed with fans waiting to find out who will make the final table, and their answer may be coming soon.
Ben Lamb was an early chip leader in the main event, and in recent days he had dropped in terms of his chip count. By Sunday evening, Lamb had once again worked his way back up to the top, sitting currently in second place with 9,775,000 chips. Ryan Lenaghan is the chip leader with 13,355,000 chips.
Konstantinos has excited the foreign fans with his play thus far. The South African is sitting in fourth position, right behind Phil Collins. Pius Heinz and Russians Aleksandr and Andrey Pateychuk are in the group near the leaders, all holding around six million in chips.
The top fifteen chip counts are a smorgasbord of players from around the world. The US, South Africa, Germany, Russia, Canada, Brazil, and France are all represented in this group. Per Linde gives Sweden their best shot at a champion in eighteenth place.
Fans looking for well-known star power have latched on to Erick Lindgren. The poker pro has been holding steady for much of the day, and is still alive with just over 1.2 million chips. Lindgren has been seen on many televised tournaments over the past couple of years.
Play continued on Sunday night until five rounds were completed on the day. Today, the players will reconvene at noon, and play until there are twenty-seven players remaining. On Tuesday, play will resume and will conclude when the final table is set with the November Nine.