On Day 6 of the 2010 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event, Matt “mcmatto” Affleck, who held the chip lead late in last year’s $10,000 buy-in tournament, took a seat at the ESPN feature table. Action from the sixth day of play aired on ESPN on Tuesday night as part of the network’s two-hour weekly coverage of poker’s most prestigious tournament.
Twenty-four tables of poker hopefuls remained when the broadcast kicked off at 9:00pm ET on ESPN. Early on, UB.com pro Eric “basebaldy” Baldwin, seated alongside fellow UB pro Adam “Roothlus” Levy at Table 2, doubled up after his pocket queens held against A-J. Other players seeing success early on included Joseph “subiime” Cheong, who claimed the chip lead after flopping two pair with A-8 to knock out an opponent holding A-K.
Back-to-back Main Event winner Johnny Chan doubled up Rob Pisano for a pot of 4.4 million after his pocket kings ran into Pisano’s pocket aces. The board came 4-10-5-7-4 and Chan was crippled. He’d later get his chips in with another big pocket pair, this time pocket jacks, but once again ran into pocket aces. The board fell 3-6-7-5-3 and, seemingly in a heartbeat, Chan went from the top 10 on the Main Event leaderboard to watching from the sidelines.
John Racener flopped a set of queens to scoop a pot of 4.1 million, vaulting “$JMONEY$” up the leaderboard. Then, high-stakes cash game pro David Benyamine doubled up at the expense of Day 6 chip leader Evan Lamprea. Meanwhile, Robert Mizrachi, one of two Mizrachi brothers left in the hunt for the $9 million first place prize, flopped Boradway to double up through Pisano. He’d also double up with pocket sevens against A-Q to move to nearly one million in chips.
Theo Tran accidentally exposed his cards, but nevertheless called a pre-flop raise with A-5 only to flop two pair. Tran bet out, his opponent quickly folded, and he was assessed a one-round penalty for the mishap. Then, Pisano busted a player after drawing out on Big Slick with A-10 to vault up to 5.6 million in chips, 1.5 million more than the second place tally.
New Full Tilt Poker pro Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi took the chip lead. Shortly after his key hand, Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond put his chips into the middle with pocket sixes, but ran smack dab into jacks to fall in 141st place. Also busting was David “Davidp18” Peters, whose K-Q could not suck out on Jean-Robert Bellande’s pocket aces.
At the feature table, online pro Christian “charder30” Harder called all-in with A-5 after turning two pair against Gary Kostiuk’s pair of aces. Harder moved to 1.6 million, while Kostiuk, who had doubled up only a few hands prior, rode the ups and downs of tournament poker.
All was not lost for Kostiuk, however, who moved all-in with A-9 only to see that he was up against A-10. However, a miracle nine on the flop saved the day and doubled him up. Out in the field, Pascal LeFrancios moved all-in with pocket aces and found himself up against Jesper Hougaard’s 8-6 on a flop of 6-Q-8. A queen on the turn gave LeFrancios a better two pair and a river jack secured the double up.
In the closing moments of ESPN’s Day 6 WSOP Main Event coverage, Cheong ousted an opponent with pocket aces against pocket queens. Cheong turned a boat to add insult to injury to become the new chip leader at almost six million.
You can catch new episodes of the WSOP Main Event on ESPN every Tuesday at 9:00pm ET. If you miss the first run, they replay throughout the week, so check your local listings for details.