Louisiana’s Lenaghan Leads Day Seven of the WSOP Main Event

July 18, 2011

At the end of Day Six of the 2011 WSOP Main Event last night, there were only 57 players left from the day, which began with 148 players. Ryan Lenaghan from New Orleans, Louisiana will begin Day Seven as chip leader holding 12.865 million chips. In second place, Ben Lamb holds 9.98 million chips, and he’s now surpassed Phil Hellmuth in the Player of the Year race for this year’s series.

Lady Luck was smiling down on Lenaghan, who managed to win just about every pot he touched, growing his chip stack from around 3 million to more than 12 million in only a couple hours. But as it goes in poker, anything can happen. Day Five started out with David Bach as the chip leader with 4.7 million chips, but he’s now dropped just below 2 million chips to start out Day Seven. All remaining players are now guaranteed at least $130K.

Day Five saw the end of Daniel Negreanu, Freddy Deeb, and many others.

Forty-four of the remaining 57 players are under the age of 29, so it’s likely that the November Nine, which will be determined in less than 48 hours, will once again be a young group. Also, more than half (33) are from the US, so expect to see some a lot of US players at the final table as well. Only 14 countries remain including Canada (6 players), and UK (3 players).

Day Seven will conclude around 10:45 p.m. Vegas time on Tuesday.

Chip leader Lenaghan is a graduate of LSU with a degree in general studies. He’s only been playing poker as a professional for two years.


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