We’re in the $21,070 payout level with 310 players remaining and certainly less by the time this post is done. At the top with a mountain of chips still is a set of relative youngsters. 28-year-old Rod Hardey, Jr. is now in the $700-800k range with California’s Tim Phan ($675,000) and North Carolina’s James Pollack ($572,000) close behind, both continuing their aggressive play.
Phan is 31-years-old and has been playing poker for over 10 years now, with his biggest win at the 2004 Grand Slam of Poker Championship. The San Gabriel, Ca. resident has also made final tables at the LA Poker Classic and Festa al Lago.
Pardey, Jr., as we reported earlier, is the son of 2-time 7CS world champion Rod Pardey, Sr. Only 28-years-old, Junior is playing exceptionally well, bullying with his stack and hitting the cards.
Little is known about James Pollack except that he’s been carrying a large stack the past two days and he looks like he’s not much more than 21 years in age. He was seated next to
After the dinner break, it was the
With Farha, Williams and Moneymaker gone, only Raymer is left representing the final two over the past two years, and he’s doing a good job with a glacier of chips in front of him measuring about $650,000.
Other top stacks include Denis Ethier, who already has a gold bracelet in the seven card stud/8’s or better event this year and cashed in seven card stud. Last we saw he had close to half a million. Hung La is also hanging at the top. The Manhattan Beach pro finished 3rd in this year’s LA Poker Classic (significantly better than Snake and the Addict did this year) and last reported had $444,000.
82-year-old Paul "Cigar’ McKinney, the oldest player in the main event, is still in but down in count. We’re guessing he’d attribute his presence this late in the event to his healthy diet of "moonshine whiskey, big cigars and young women."
An update on the few unknowns and relatively unknowns we’ve been following the past couple days: Our favorite Belize player and the only one we know, Bob "The Hotch" Hotchendani, is looking good with over $300k in chips and a few levels closer to making a nice size down payment on that casino he wants to open. Shannon Sharpe superfan Greg Amoils was still in after the dinner break while Andrew Prock went out in 520th place.
Side note: you’ll see less photos and anecdotes from the tables from here on out as the ESPN crew claims territory and has been butting heads with the media here.
We’re down to 285 now and a payout of $24,365.