Welcome back to Day 2 of Event 51, the $1,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold'em Championship! Late last night play was extended just a couple of hands beyond Level 10 to ensure the bursting of the cash bubble, meaning all 117 who survived from the original field of 936 to today have made the money.
There's a lot left be determined, of course, including whether Gaelle Baumann of France will continue to accumulate chips as she did for most of the day on Friday.
Baumann ended the day atop the counts, with Lara Boutros — also hailing from France — about a big blind behind, and Sweden's Anna Lundholm and the American Myra Thompson close on their heels.
Plenty of other notables will be returning today as well, including J.J. Liu and Erica Schoenberg (in the top ten), and Leo Margets, Mandy Baker, Sarah Grant, Lisa Parsons, and many others returning to above average stacks. Defending champion Marsha Wolak also made the money again this time around, picking up some chips near the end of play on Day 1 to assist in her efforts to make another deep run.
As proceedings went a little later than planned last night, today's start time was pushed back an hour to begin at 2 PM local time. Join us then for all the coverage as the final 117 players start working on how they'll be dividing up the $842,400 prize pool, as well as who among them will emerge as the next recipient of a gold WSOP bracelet.