Hellmuth out, Belgian in the lead as field cut to 981


If Phil Hellmuth had a date for dinner, he’ll make it on time. The “Poker Brat” has checked out of the Rio.

Hellmuth was the biggest name to get eliminated before tonight’s dinner break at the World Series of Poker. The Main Event field, which started with 6,352 entrants, has been cut to 981.

Dick van Luijk of Belgium is the leader with a stack of chips worth 1.1 million.

Phil Ivey, who has been playing on the ESPN stage, is still in the hunt. Off to the side, Hellmuth and Doyle Brunson worked separate tables. Hellmuth went out with a pair of 10s, getting no help against a pair of jacks.

Brunson, 79, won the Main Event in 1976 and 1977. He’s easy to spot as the only guy in the room wearing a cowboy hat.

Liv Boeree, one of 298 female participants, went from 270,000 in chips to knocked out after a series of big hands. Females accounted for 4.7 percent of the original field.

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