Day 5 of the 2015 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event started with 237 players in contention for the $7,680,021 first place price and the title of world champion, and ended with only 69 souls still in the hunt.
Among those 69 hopefuls are a quartet of British players, each of them looking for their first WSOP bracelet and the United Kingdom’s fourth of the series.
Leading the way for the UK is Glasgow’s George McDonald and his 4,940,000 chips. On June 17, 2015, McDonald rocked up to the Aspers Casino in Newcastle, entered a £13 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament and outlasted the majority of the 59-strong field before chopping the tournament three ways and winning £155. Fast forward to today and McDonald has navigated his way past more than 6,300 players and is guaranteed a career-best score of $96,445.
Starting Day 6 in 33rd place is for the former European Poker Tour (EPT) Vilamoura champion, Toby Lewis. The popular pro would have one of the biggest rails in WSOP history if he makes it through to the final table and returning with 2,645,000 chips gives him a legitimate chance of doing just that.
Lewis, known as “810ofclubs” in online poker circles, has combined live and online tournament winnings of almost $7.2 million and would be a worthy champion should that happen.
One place below Lewis in the end-of-day chip counts is Chun Law on 2,580,000 chips. Law is now guaranteed his fourth WSOP cash (and his largest) regardless of where his Main Event quest ends. Like McDonald, Law is a low stakes player who in April was playing £5 and £10 buy-in games. Then in June, he finished 44th in the Monster Stack at the WSOP for $29,170 and is now guaranteed almost $100,000 from his exploits in "The Big Dance."
Last, but most certainly not least, is Charles “Chaz” Chattha with 1,200,000 chips. The Londoner has WSOP cashes dating back to 2008 although whatever he earns from this particular event will be his largest cash at the WSOP. Chattha has more than $1.16 million in live tournament cashes including one for $44,000 that he banked this summer when he chopped the $600 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack Extravaganza at The Venetian.
Like the other trio of Brits, Chattha’s final table rail will be a spectacle to behold.
Play resumes at 12:00 p.m. local time on Monday afternoon (8:00p.m. UK time) and five 120-minute levels are scheduled. Return to UK & Ireland PokerNews on Tuesday to discover if our quartet of star are still in the hunt for the 2015 WSOP Main Event title.