Four levels are complete, with one more still to be played on Day 5 on the Main Event. During this past level, the tournament crossed a major milestone, as the “Players Left” section on the official tournament clock finally dropped to double digits. There are now 89 players left, all of whom are guaranteed a minimum payout of $71,053.
Sami Rustom is now the chip leader. Rustom was briefly atop the leader board before the dinner break, and regained that position during the last level when he won an all-in flip against Jonathan Depa. He then extended his lead by winning a big pot with a straight, putting his stack at almost 7.5 million. At the time, it was almost two million more than his closest competitor. He's since dropped to 6.7 million, but still holds a substantial chip lead.
Former Main Event champion Carlos Mortensen continued his hot streak from before dinner. He busted two players in a row, including Marvin Rettenmaier, bringing his stack up to almost three million.
There are now three women left in the field: Jackie Glazier, Annette Obrestad, and Beverly Lange. A fourth, Kima Kimura, was eliminated in 100th place. Glazier, Obrestad, and Lange still have a long way to go to match the performance of Gaelle Baumann and Elisabeth Hille from a year ago, but each of them surely have their sights set on even bigger prizes, like the final table and the bracelet.
Play resumes in 20 minutes. We’ll be back with chip counts and live updates from the last level once players return to their tables.