The fact that all of the 474 players returning to the Amazon Room for Day 4 of the WSOP 2008 Main Event were already guaranteed a payout of at least $27,020, resulted in the expected high frequency of eliminations, especially during the first couple of levels of the day. After just 60 minutes, 52 players had already busted, and after 3 Â½ hours, that number had risen to 245 (that's more than 1 player a minute.
One of the first players to go was Day 2 chipleader Brian Schaedlich after he got his remaining chips in with and was called by Darren Grant with . The board showed and Schaedlich was eliminated.
Robert Mizrachi followed very soon after he went all-in with on a flop showing 4c9cJc. William Soffin called with and rivered a to end Mizrachi's Main Event.
Jean-Robert Bellande suffered an exceptionally bad beat that ended his tourney life. He got all of his chips in before the flop, with his leading against Sarkis Akopyan's . This lead was extended when the flop came down , but a on the turn and a on the river gave Akopyan his straight and sent Bellande to the rail.
The bad beats just kept on coming, and this time it was Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier who had to suffer. Grospellier moved all-in preflop with and was called by Anthony Zinno holding . Zinno didn't have to wait long to find his Ace as the flop came down . No help came for Grospellier and another big name was eliminated from the 2008 Main Event.
But he sure wasn't the last one. Two-time Main Event Champion Johnny Chan took a big hit when he called an all-in with against Damien Creurer's . Chan even flopped a set on a flop, but the turn brought an to give his opponent the flush. No pair came for Chan, who was left with 120K in chips after this hand. It only took a couple of hands before Chan got the rest of his chips in, and again he was called by Damien Creurer. Chan held against Creurer's . No help came for Chan, who will have to wait at least another year to secure his third Main Event title.
Internet pro's Thayer "THAY3R" Rasmussen and Jon "PearlJammer" Turner also didn't survive the day. Rasmussen got his last 46,000 chips in with the best of it, holding against Sylvain Coeur's . It's not like we haven't seen Aces cracked before during this Main Event, and therefore it wasn't too surprising to see the board ending up to give Coeur his straight and send Rasmussen to the rail. Jon "PearlJammer" Turner suffered a similar defeat. On a flop showing , Turner and Albert Kim got all of their chips into the middle, Turner showing the nuts with against Kim's bottom pair and flush draw with . But surely enough, the turn came , and after the river failed to pair Turner was eliminated.
The 'prize' for bad beat(s) of the day, however, definitely goes to Mike Blocksidge. He first went all-in preflop holding pocket K's against Robert Ford's AQ, and all looked good until Ford spiked an Ace on the river. As if that wasn't bad enough, Blocksidge went all-in again in the following hand, this time holding . He was called by Brandon Becker holding , only to see Becker hit two pair on a flop. The turn and river bricked and Blocksidge might have to have a serious word with the poker Gods after these two hands.
Hevad Khan, 6th place finisher in last year's Main Event, was busted towards the end of the day in a hand against Team PokerNews member Tiffany Michelle. On a flop showing , both players got all their chips in the middle, Khan holding against Michelle's . The turn brought a and the appeared on the river and Hevad Khan was eliminated.
As far as we know at this time, 189 players survived the day, each of whom are guaranteed at least $38,600 when they return to the Amazon Room today. Jeremy Joseph remains the chipleader of the field, having increased his stack to 2.187 million chips. He is followed by Nikolay Losev (2.11 million) and Cristian Dragomir (2.065 million). Notable players amongst the survivors include Gus Hansen, Allen Cunningham, Jeff Madsen, Mike Matusow, Hoyt Corkins and, the last remaining WSOP World Champion in the field, Phil Hellmuth.