Wild Day 4 of WSOP Main Event sets stage for the upcoming storm

Jeff McMillan
Posted on: July 11, 2023 20:33 PDT

Day 4 of the Main Event was a long and crazy one with the bubble drama kicking off the day and the day eventually ending with 441 players left.

After the bubble was breached, the real push for the deep runs began as big stacks began to accumulate more while the shorties dusted themselves to the rail. The tension was dialed up after the initial excitement of the bubble bursting faded as players began to set their sights on the dream of a life changing run.

And who is in the best current position to make that potential  life-changing run? Truthfully, the answer is all 441 players remaining because a look at last year’s end of Day 4 chip leaders showed that only one of the top 10 made Day 7 and the first eventual final table participant was 41st in the counts.

Nevertheless bagging a huge stack is still a big advantage, so let’s take a look at some of those with the largest piles heading into Day 5.

Highlighted big stacks

Mitchell Halverson bagged the second largest stack with 5.100,000 which is just 20,000 behind the leader Ryan Tosoc. Halverson is something of a Main Event crusher as he has now cashed in four straight, including a 15th place finish in the 2021 Main Event.

Also among the top ten counts is Gabi Livshitz of Israel who finished 103rd in last year’s Main Event. Livshitz started to garner attention late in the night on the PokerGO secondary feature table as he started to win multiple pots from Nicholas Rigby, to become a thorn in the side of Rigby who had been steamrolling everyone before that. Livshitz was able to put 3,800,000 in the bag and Rigby won a key hand late in the night finish not far behind his newfound nemesis with 3,655,000.

Nikita Luther has the largest stack of any of the women left standing and a top 1t stack overall as the Indian poker pro had a strong end to the night. 

Chance Kornuth continued to crush and bag a top 20 stack despite a verbal tussle with a tablemate before dinner break over a quick cook call from a player not involved in the hand.

There are still so many notables left that it is hard to highlight all of them in a quick recap but be assured that we will have them all covered on our instant feed on Day 5 and have some more stats on the remaining field before play begins.

Two former champs left

Oh and two more notables to mention before we call this recap a wrap… two of the popular classic Main Event champions in the poker boom remain as the only former champs left. Chris Moneymaker and Joe Hachem both found bags at the end of the night. Now how is that for a premier story to watch moving forward? 

Day 5 is the day where big moves start to happen and the stories that we all will remember for years to come will begin to spark. The best days of the poker calendar are upon us now.