After eight full levels of action here at the Rio, Day 1B of the Little One for One Drop whittled a total of 2,523 entrants to just 588 survivors. The reentry format allowed players to fire multiple bullets today, which accounts somewhat for the staggering turnout, but the atmosphere here today suggested that the poker community simply loves playing for a charitable cause.
Just like yesterday's Day 1A, a star-studded cast of professionals turned out, with Phil Ivey, David Williams, Jonathan Little, Jennifer Tilly, Pius Heinz, Joe Cada, and Carlos Mortensen just a few of the notable names to try, and try again, on this second flight. Unfortunately for this group, the end of the line came early, but many familiar faces will be returning when the fields combine tomorrow afternoon.
Humberto Brenes (67,775), Bryn Kenney (58,000), Antonio Esfandiari (53,800), Henry Van Tran (56,250), Cliff Josephy (29,050), Victor Ramdin (23,900), Aaron Massey (19,575), and Kenny Nguyen (18,500) all survived to bag and tag chips by the end of the night, but they will have work to do if they hope to catch the Day 1B chip leader.
Suraj Dutt took down a massive three-way all-in pot to emerge as the chip leader, and his stack of 90,125 puts him well ahead of the majority of the field. Belgian pro Philip Meulyzer nearly caught Dutt with his stack of 86,950, and he will return tomorrow to try and take over the chip lead.
All told there were 4,746 entries to this unique event, and this amazing turnout generated $526,806 in donations to the One Drop's assortment of water relief causes. Tomorrow the surviving 1,016 players will reconvene at 1 p.m. local time to play Day 2, and we expect the action to be fast and furious from the very beginning. Check back with PokerNews then to follow all of the action live from the floor of the Rio, as one of the last events of the WSOP marches on.