WSOP field down to 18

It’s not always easy being the leader in the World Series of Poker. Anton Morgenstern, from Berlin, Germany, found that out the hard way today.

Morgenstern was the chip leader with almost 22 million going into the seventh day of the Main Event. But he was eliminated by the 6:30 p.m. dinner break.

Nine players have been sent to the rail since play started at noon, leaving 18 in the field.

Sylvain Loosli of France is the new leader with 20.1 million in chips, followed by Jay Farber (18,715,000) and Marc McLaughlin (18,380,000).

Chris Lindh of Las Vegas is down to 3.9 million after starting the day with 12,035,000 in chips and topping 18 million at one point.

Carlos Mortensen, the Main Event winner in 2001 and the only former champion remaining in the field, is holding steady with 9,760,000.

Play resumes at 8 p.m. The final table of nine players, who advance to competition Nov. 4 and 5, will be set late tonight. Contact reporter Matt Youmans at or 702-387-2907. Follow him on Twitter: @mattyoumans247.