Johnny Chan started the day in the top 10, but a series of coolers sent Chan to the rail in 156th place before the first break on Day 6. Chan's first setback came when holding K-K to Robert Pisano's A-A, which sparked a 3.5 million-chip pot. The board ran clean, giving Pisano the chip lead and knocking 10-time champ Chan to only 800,000 in chips. Then, right before the break, Chan found his tournament life on the line with J-J to Jonathan Driscoll's A-A. He was unable to improve and, all of a sudden, the biggest star left in the field had become a railbird. Chan earned $57,102 for his finish in the 2010 WSOP main event.
Pisano has ended the first two hours of play with the chip lead at 5.6 million. John Racener is in second with 4.5 million, Damien Luis has 4.4 million and Michael Mizrachi is at 3.9 million. Mizrachi's run throughout the WSOP has been one to remember and he doesn't want the main event to disappear just yet. His brother, Robert, doubled up a few times during the first two hours, but is still one of the short stacks at 500,000.
Day 6 started with 205 players and, at the first break, only 152 remain. Notable eliminations so far today include Russell Rosenblum, Dragan Galic, Jamie Brown, Matt Keikoan and Brandon Wong. The pace remains incredibly fast and, given the rate, media row is now saying that we'll reach the November Nine before the final table of the WPT Bellagio Cup completes tonight. Obviously that's a joke, but with so much on the line, patience really hasn't been much of a factor for most of the field.
Key chip movers early on include Eric Baldwin (who moved from a 200,000-chip stack to 825,000), Mizrachi (as mentioned above), Adam Etter (who more than doubled his stack so far today) and Jesper Hougaard (who is up to 1.4 million in chips). Peter Jetten and Adam Levy lost a few chips, but they definitely remain among the stronger competitors in the field. Phil Galfond has a below-average stack but seems to be playing more conservatively than the rest of his table.
Action is scheduled to continue for four levels today, but I'm not sure if that will actually happen. Last year Day 6 went to 81 players and was paused, but the tournament staff seems to think we might need to play more levels today to avoid a lengthy Day 7.
Small blinds: The poker kitchen is now closed, which means if any of the players want food, they'll have to make the 10-minute hike all the way up to the casino floor. ... The PokerNews team kicked off its day with an episode of "Entourage." ... When tournament director Jack Effel grabbed the microphone, everyone knew it wasn't just another elimination, but that of Johnny Chan. He gets the important ones. ... The Amazon Room is getting increasingly colder. ... Here's a look at the last woman standing, Breeze Zuckerman, and some amateurs on Day 6 ... Agents continue to swarm the field looking for new additions to their rosters. ... Every player eliminated from this point on is guaranteed at least $57,102. ... The blinds are currently 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante. The average stack is approximately 1.4 million.