Valentin Vornicu Leads With Chip Stack of 14,640,000

Published on July 17th, 2016 7:06 pm EST

The King is relaxing on his two-seater couch, next to a laptop and talking about the 2016 WSOP final tableDay 6 of the 2016 World Series of Poker main event is currently underway.

As of this moment, 56 of the original 6,737 entrants are still alive in the tournament. This means that all of the remaining players are guaranteed a minimum payout of $116,963.

All 56 sets of eyes are fixed on the first place prize of $8,000,000 which awaits the eventual winner of the tournament. The nine final table participants are all guaranteed a minimum of $1,000,000, which means that by the end of play tomorrow (Day 7), the World Series of Poker will have minted nine new millionaires.


The tournament is currently being led by Valentin Vornicu, whio is currently sitting with approximately 14,640,000 in chips. Vornicu's biggest lifetime cash up until this point is a victory in the 2015 WSOP Circuit event, which he ended up taking down for almost $200,000.

The other current chip leaders are:

Myung Mike Shin, 14,100,000
Jerry Wong, 13,260,000
Matthew Moss, 12,900,000
Michael Ruane, 12,500,000


Cliff "JohnnyBax" Josephy, who was a prominent online tournament player prior to "Black Friday", has 11,300,000 in chips and is looking very strong heading into the second half of Day 6.

Some of the other recognizable names that are still alive in the tournament include:

James Obst, 9,170,000
Antoine Saout, 9,150,000
Jared Bleznick, 6,250,000
Tony Gregg, 4,600,000
Paul Volpe, 4,325,000
Tom Marchese, 3,260,000
Chris Klodnicki, 3,050,000
Dan Colman, 2,700,000


It's worth noting that Dan Colman, with his $25,337,721 in total live tournament cashes, could move past Antonio Esfandiari, Erik Seidel and Daniel Negreanu on the all-time money list with a victory in the main event.

Colman, however, has one of the smaller stacks in the tournament and will need some luck if he wants to contend for the title.


There are expected to be 27 players remaining when play concludes for the day.


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