Poker Main Event Shrinks to 22 Vying for $8.7 Million Top Prize

Anton Makievskyi leads 22 players after Day 7 of the World Series of Poker’s main event following a 10-hour session that saw well-known pros and the tournament’s last female entrant eliminated.

Makievskyi, 21, from Ukraine, has just over 21 million in chips at the $10,000 buy-in tournament in Las Vegas, officially known as the No-Limit Hold’em World Championship.

The average stack of chips for the players is 9.3 million after 62 hours of poker and an opening field of 6,865. The winner will take home $8.7 million. All players started with 30,000 in chips.

Erika Moutinho, the last of the 242 women who entered the event at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, was eliminated in 29th place, according to the tournament’s website. She narrowly bested her boyfriend, David Sands, who was knocked out in 30th. Each earned $242,636.

Poker pro Erick Lindgren was ousted in 43rd place, taking home $196,174, while Minh Nguyen exited in 56th, making $130,997. Tony Hachem, the brother of 2005 main-event winner Joe Hachem, was eliminated in 37th place, earning $196,174.

Still alive is Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Ben Lamb, who already has a win and a second-place finish at the 58-event World Series this year. Lamb has 14.7 million in chips, which ranks fifth.

Ireland’s Eoghan O’Dea, 26, is second with 19.5 million in chips, followed by 29-year-old Canadian Khoa Nguyen (about 16.4 million) and 21-year-old Russian Andrey Pateychuk (about 16.2 million).

The event continues today and is scheduled to play down to nine. Those players will join the final table Nov. 5-7 to crown a champion.