Ladouceur on top as last 27 continue at WSOP 2012

Jul 17, 2012 3:00 AM

From a field of 6,598, this year’s World Series of Poker is down to the final 27 with Marc-Andre Ladouceur the chip leader.

Ladouceur, who finished 63rd last year, has nearly $16 million in chips after Monday’s early session as GamingToday went to press. All remaining 27 have secured a pay day of at least $294,601.

Some of the players who advanced to this stage of the main event before, such as former November Niners Eric Buchman and Sam Holden, fell short on Day 6. But Ladouceur moved on in Day 7.

“It means a lot,” Ladouceur said of the opportunity to make the final table. “I’m very happy to start the day in that position and the goal is still to win. It’s not going to change my game to make November Nine, but at the same time, November Nine would be an awesome achievement.”

Daniel Strelitz, 22, is heading into the biggest day of his professional poker career. Strelitz was second in chips with nearly $12.8 million. During his freshman year of college, he hit a six-figure score online and left school to pursue the game full-time.

Jeremy Ausmus was well-positioned in second place for most of the day, but fell to tenth. Robert Salaburu was involved in hardly any major confrontations and lies third.

Yuval Bronshtein, a true talent in the online world playing under the alias “yuvee04,” will enter Day 7 in sixth. He cashed in the WSOP 20 times, including a final table just weeks ago.

Two women still remain in the final 27, Gaelle Baumann and Elisabeth Hille. Both occupied seats at the feature tables all day and both had dramatic moments.

Hille’s six-bet all-in against Jean Malherbe was the talk of the Amazon Room for a few hours and Baumann’s 4.5 million chip pot against Haerig showed her fearlessness to make a big call on a big river bet. Both are trying to become the first woman to make the final table since Barbara Enright accomplished the feat in 1995.

Hille enters Day 7 fifth in chips (9.77 million) while Baumann is one of the shorter stacks with 5.53 million.

There is a ton of talent remaining in the main event, and although the field remains strong, some of the most recognizable faces in the field were felted on Day 6. It took nearly 11 hours of play to reduce the 97 starters to 27, and Gavin Smith, Vanessa Selbst, Amnon Filippi, Amit Makhija, Leo Wolpert, Jason Somerville, Isaac Baron and Erik Cajelais were among the devastated after their main event eliminations.

Here’s the top 10 chip leaders:

 1. Marc Ladouceur (15.87 million in chips)

 2. Daniel Strelitz (12.79 million)

 3. Robert Salaburu (10.91 million)

 4. Russell Thomas (9.98 million)

 5. Elisabeth Hille (9.77 million)

 6. Yuval Bronshtein (9.73 million)

 7. Jamie Robbins (8.75 million)

 8. Robert Corcione (8.74 million)

 9. Cylus Watson (8.50 million)

10. Jeremy Ausmus (8.30 million)