Hutter leads World Series of Poker

Jul 10, 2018 3:01 AM

The 2018 World Series of Poker $10,000 buy-in Main Event is down to just 310 after beginning last week with a field of 7,874.

The chip leader in the quest for the championship bracelet and the first-place prize of $8.8 million is Barry Hutter with 5,597,000 heading into Day 5. The 31-year-old poker pro from Sarasota, Florida has over $4.2 million in lifetime live earnings and is in great shape to add quite a bit to that total with a deep run in this event.

Alexander Haro was second in the chip count with just over 5 million.

Other notables who bagged up huge stacks include 2015 World Poker Tour Lucky Hearts Poker Open main event winner Brian Altman (4,861,000), 2015 WSOP main event 29th place finisher Kelly Minkin (3,459,000), three-time bracelet winner Brian Yoon (3,228,000), 2017 main event third-place finisher Benjamin Pollak (2,765,000), James Obst (2,560,000), 2009 main event ninth-place finisher James Akenhead (2,187,000), three-time bracelet winner Shaun Deeb (2,175,000) and 2016 main event third-place finisher Cliff Josephy (1,985,000), and three-time WPT main event winner Chino Rheem (1,900,000).

Joe Cada is the only main event champion still left with a shot at becoming a two-time winner. The 2009 world champ and three-time bracelet winner bagged up 550,000 at the end of Day 4. Failing to advance after Day 4 play were Johnny Chan, Tom McEvoy and Jonathan Duhamel.

The tourney also lost 10-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Ivey, who was dismissed in 547th place. Ivey took home $23,940. Phil Hellmuth, a 14-time WSOP bracelet winner and former Main Event champ, was eliminated in early round action as was Hall of Fame inductee Maria Ho.