After two complete days of what was originally scheduled as a two-day tournament, the remaining 11 players will be returning for a third and final day to play down to a winner. Coming into Day 2 Jorden Fox sat near the top of the chip counts and he now sits atop the leaderboard heading into the final day of play. Fox has lifetime earnings of $409,866, so a win in this event would easily surpass that total.
Two-time WSOP bracelet winner Timur Margolin, who started Day 2 as the chipleader, bowed out in 20th place, but another player, Christopher Andler, who also finished near the top of Day 2’s leaderboard is not only still in contention for the title, but he’s once again returning as one of the top chipstacks. Rounding out the remaining top five are Jeffrey Smith, Scott Vener and Jaychandra Gangaiah.
The day started with 430 players, which included recreational and professional players, an Oscar-winning actress and a gold medal-winning boxer. Jennifer Tilly was eliminated early in the day, while former professional boxer Audley Harrison put up quite a fight before being knocked out later in the day. Other notables that returned on Day 2 included Blair Hinkle, Bernard Lee and Mike Del Vecchio. Female players were well represented by Maria Ho, Kelly Minkin, Maria Konnikova and Nguyet Dao, who all put in strong performances at the felt.
Play resumes later today at 12 p.m. local time in the Amazon room with blind levels of 200,000/400,000 and an ante of 400,000. All the returning players have locked up a $22,354 payday, but what they’re really chasing is the $420,693 first place prize and of course the highly-coveted WSOP gold bracelet, maybe even more so because of this being a first-time event.
The PokerNews team will once again be there bringing you all of the action from the first hand until the last hand when a champion will be crowned.