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2019 World Series of Poker

Event #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship
Event Info

2019 World Series of Poker

Resultado Final
Mão Vencedora
Event Info
Prize Pool
Informações sobre o nível
2,000,000 / 4,000,000

Hossein Ensan and Garry Gates Lead the Way With Five Players Remaining in the Main Event

Hossein Ensan has yet to surrender his chip lead
Hossein Ensan has yet to surrender his chip lead

The 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event final table continues on Monday evening with five players remaining from the second largest Main Event field ever of 8,569 entrants.

Hossein Ensan remains chip leader, Garry Gates is still in second place and between the two they hold almost 75% of the chips in play. They have combined to win 22 of the 56 hands played at the final table thus far and after accounting for three of the four eliminations, a heads-up clash between the two may look more and more likely. Still, their competitors, while shorter stacked, won't go down without a fight.

Here is how they stack up entering play tonight:

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Hossein EnsanGermany207,700,000173
2Dario SammartinoItaly23,100,00019
3Kevin MaahsUnited States66,500,00055
4Garry GatesUnited States171,700,000143
5Alex LivingstonCanada45,800,00038

There is 28:08 remaining in Level 38 (600,000/1,200,000, with a 1,200,000-big blind ante).

"It's a crazy dynamic," Gates said after play concluded last night. "I'm staring at the chip counts now and to think Hossein and I have what we have, the bottom three guys are kind of strapped in that way."

Those three shorter stacks belong to Kevin Maahs, Alex Livingston and Dario Sammartino. PokerNews caught up with Sammartino, who is the shortest stack of the bunch, after play concluded Sunday night and he won't be folding to a fifth-place finish.

"Tomorrow, I have nothing to lose," Sammartino said

For the five remaining players, here were their respective paths to this point and also their final table chip graph.

DayHossein EnsanGarry GatesKevin MaahsAlex LivingstonDario Sammartino
1180,00057,800Day 2ab entry159,000121,000
2019 WSOP Main Event final table course infographic
2019 WSOP Main Event final table course (y-axis: chip count, x-axis: hands on Day 8)

The plan for tonight is subject to change based on how things progress. If heads-up play is reached, play will absolutely be halted. If the action lasts for a while, then there is a chance that they could bag up with three players still in the mix.

Here's what's at stake for the remaining players:

Results and Remaining Payouts

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (USD)
1st  $10,000,000
2nd  $6,000,000
3rd  $4,000,000
4th  $3,000,000
5th  $2,200,000
6thZhen CaiUnited States$1,850,000
7thNick MarchingtonUnited Kingdom$1,525,000
8thTimothy SuUnited States$1,250,000
9thMilos SkrbicSerbia$1,000,000

The cards should be in the air at about 6:30 p.m. local time. The action will be televised and streamed on a 30-minute delay on ESPN and PokerGO, respectively (check local listings for non-ESPN and non-ESPN-affiliated regions).

As always, the PokerNews live reporting team will on hand providing hand-for-hand coverage of the action.

Tags: Alex LivingstonDario SammartinoGarry GatesHossein EnsanKevin Maahs