Of the PokerStars Team Pros who came to Vegas for their shot at the big time, only two remain, on Day 6. Vanessa Selbst closed Day 6, having doubled the average; securing 1.5 million chips.
Also in the running for the title is PokerStars Pro Jan Heitmann, who really turned his game around today; going from a short stack, getting as low as 400,000, to closing on an incredible 3.4 million. The cameras were glued to Heitmann on his triumphal journey from hand to hand; his best, an ace-king which raked in over 2 million for the German professional.
PokerStars favourite, the all singing all dancing ‘Flying Dutchman’, Marcel Luske, bust out with over $52,000, half an hour before playing ended on Day 6. He had been feeling run down, with a cold and sore throat in the early days of the championship. He tweeted on the eve on Day 6 “ I last thru the day, feeling a bit better now. Thx ;)”, but his improvement in health wasn’t enough to keep him in the running to win the World Series of Poker this year.
Marcel had his own tactics which got him to this crucial stage, including swapping a dress suit for an iconic PokerStars track suit, which he wore for consecutive days; insisting it was all part of his winning formula: "Never change a winning system. If I make the final table I'll wear a suit."
On twitter, support for Selbst, was everywhere. Fellow PokerStars Team Pro Liv Boeree, who was knocked out on Day 4, unlucky Friday the 13th, tweeted: "GOGOGOGOGO @VanessaSelbst YOU DA BEST". Boeree was caught out around 7pm of the strange day which saw 666 players placed: “Busto L had 30bbs had KQ vs 99 on a K 9 8 8 Q board was too shallow-stacked to get away. Made the money though for $20 so not bad at all."
Tomorrow, play will resume and Day 7 will see a mere 27 players compete for a glorified seat at the final table, the heaven, the promised land of the poker world.