Phil Ivey Near Top of World Series of Poker Leaderboard After Day 4

Published on July 12th, 2009 2:12 am EST

-- phil ivey with a big smile on his face --Day 4 of the World Series of Poker has now drawn to the close.

789 players remained in the tournament at the start of Day 4.

By the time that play wrapped for the day, the money bubble had burst and only 407 players remained.

After four full days of play, Ludovic Lacay is the tournament chip leader with approximately 1.6 million in chips.

Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, who finished as the Day 3 chip leader, has a very respectable 1.25 million in chips.

Unfortunately for the other 406 players who are still alive in the main event, Phil Ivey also has a very healthy stack heading into Day 5, and has to be considered the favorite to win the entire event at this stage.

According to his Twitter page, Ivey finished Day 4 with approximately 1.27 million in chips. This puts him right near the top of the leaderboard, and you can be sure that he will use his stack to terrorize his opponents on Day 5.

Phil Ivey's best WSOP main event finish came in 2003, when he famously went out in 10th place at the hands of Chris Moneymaker. Ivey has accomplished a great deal over his poker career, but he has never won the biggest tournament in all of poker as of yet - the World Series of Poker main event.

Poker fans everywhere are silently praying that Ivey manages to become one of the "November Nine".

There are a number of other well-known players who are still alive in the main event after Day 4. They include:

Nick Schulman (780k)
Joe Hachem (570k)
Andy Black (535k)
Joe Sebok (412k)
Dan Shak (350k)

Phil Hellmuth and Justin Bonomo were a few of the well-known players who hit the rail on Day 4.

Day 5 will begin at 12 pm local time on Sunday afternoon. We'll have another update once play concludes for the day.


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