WSOP Main Event reaches Day 5, three-time NFL champ still in

Richard Seymour is one of the 354 remaining players, who have a shot at the $10,000,000 prize and the bracelet.

The $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship (Event #73) is well underway at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, with 354 of the 8,569 entries still in. Those who managed to survive Day 4 are already guaranteed a $34,845 payday, but the seven-figure prizes of the final table and the eight-figure first prize are still a long shot for everyone.

However, there are several players with stacks, which can give them high hopes. The online qualifier, Dean Morrone will return with the biggest stack, he accumulated 4,980,000. Not surprisingly, the $100 online satellite qualifier is thrilled about the experience.

"It feels like an absolute simulation, I can't believe this is real life. I've watched this tournament on TV over the years, always just manifested me playing it, it's all coming into effect. I've got the most unreal support group of family at home. They have been sending me all the energy in the world. To be able to play with the big boys, it's really exciting. I qualified through 888poker in for $100 online, so even a min-cash is really huge to me. Anything past that is going to be extra, so I can't wait for tomorrow!"

Dean is followed by Denmark's Lars Bonden, who is the only other player to cross the 4-million mark and will return with 4,040,000 chips. The most accomplished player in the top ten is certainly fellow Danish player, Henrik Hecklen, who is better known in the high-stakes online arena as 'hhecklen'.

Henrik Hecklen on Twitter

Bagged 3,86M in #WSOPME which is just shy of 3x average and top5 in chips. See you down the streets tomorrow people! #Day5

Top 10 Chip Counts After 2019 WSOP Main Event Day 4

# Player Country Chip Count Big Blinds
1 Dean Morrone Canada 4,980,000 208
2 Lars Bonding Denmark 4,040,000 168
3 Michael Messick United States 3,925,000 164
4 Warwick Mirzikinian Australia 3,900,000 163
5 Henrik Hecklen Denmark 3,862,000 161
6 Mihai Manole Romania 3,781,000 158
7 Robert Heidorn United Kingdom 3,700,000 154
8 Sean Mills United Kingdom 3,692,000 154
9 Christopher Wynkoop United States 3,563,700 148
10 Andrew Brokos United States 3,518,000 147

Other than them, many household names will return to Day 5, including Day 3 chip leader Preben Stokkan (2,900,000), former American footballer and three-time Superbowl winner Richard Seymour (2,750,000), former WSOP bracelet winners Antonio Esfandiari (2,583,000) and Craig McCorkell (2,580,000), Romain Lewis (2,368,000), Dario Sammartino (2,302,000), Todd Brunson (1,151,000), Mike Matusow (726,000) and 2013 WSOP Main Event runner-up Jay Farber (436,000).

The play will resume on July 10th at noon with five more levels to be played out.