We've reached the first 20-minute break of Day 7 of the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event. The day began with 27 players hoping to reach poker's most coveted final table, which will take place here in Las Vegas in November. After two hours of action, start-of-day chip leader Anton Morgenstern is still on top, and four players have been eliminated.
The first player out the door was Benjamin Pollack, who had his pocket nines cracked by Maxx Coleman's ace-three when Coleman made a wheel. A short while later, Dutch player Jorn Walthaus moved all in for 1.66 million on the button with ace-nine and 2012 November Niner Steve Gee re-shoved for nearly 3 million with ace-king. Gee flopped a pair of kings, and Walthaus exited in 26th place.
Out in 25th place was Jason Mann, who got his last chips in the middle with pocket tens on a flop against Chris Lindh's queen-nine. The board bricked out, and Mann collected $285,408.
Then it was Gee who made his exit from the ESPN stage. Gee four-bet shoved for about 2.9 million with ten-seven of diamonds and Morgenstern called instantly with pocket eights. Gee was unable to improve, and his hopes of making a second straight WSOP Main Event final table were dashed.
The play has been diverse at the three remaining tables. The outer table saw 55 hands completed during the first level of the day, and the main feature table played 48, while the secondary feature table had only 30.
Lindh, one of the players seated at the secondary table, made up a little ground on Morgenstern when he flopped quad aces against Carlos Mortensen. Mortensen, the only former Main Event champ still in the field, lost more than a million in that pot, but he still sits in the top 10 at the break.
Morgenstern stepped on the gas late in the level, winning several pots and eliminating Gee to climb to nearly 30 million.
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