Day 7 here at the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event is done and dusted after five two-hour levels of play. The field that began the day was 57 players strong. When play ended for the night, just 22 of them remained. Heading the pack into Day 8 will be Anton Makiievskyi with 21.045 million in chips.
Makiievskyi earned the chip lead thanks to a massive 20MM-chip pot with Christopher Moore. Makiievskyi flopped a full house to Moore's trips before the two began raising back and forth to get all of the money in. When the hand ended, Makiievskyi's boat held strong and he was the 20-million-dollar man. Moore stayed tough and battled through to the end of the day even despite the huge blow he took. He'll be returning for Day 8 with 3.04 million.
On the day, plenty of firepower hit the rail. We lost JP Kelly, Tony Hachem, Andrew Brokos and Sebastian Ruthenberg, the poker couple of David "Doc" Sands and Erika Moutinho, Erick Lindgren and Steve Brecher. EVen though that's a pretty stout list of competitors to hit the rail, the talent still alive is robust. Coming back for Day 8 -- the final day of the summer -- will be Ben Lamb, Lars Bonding, Bryan Devonshire and Phil Colliins to name a few. Also returning is WSOP Circuit National Championship winner Sam Barnhart.
Day 8 begins at 12:00 PM PT just like all of the other days and it's going to be the most exciting day of play we've had thus far. Why? Well, when it's all said and done, the 2011 WSOP November Nine will be set! Who's going to make it? You're just going to have to tune back into PokerNews in order to find out. We'll see you all tomorrow. Until then, goodnight from the Rio.