Hello and welcome back to the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, where 297 survivors will return to the Amazon room in hopes of getting closer to a final table and eventual gold bracelet! Best positioned to do so heading into Day 2 is Tony Welds, who managed to bag up 131,900 in chips after eleven hard-fought levels of play during Day 1. Nipping at his heels is Amnon Filippi with 130,900 in chips. Filippi, who has over $2 million in live-poker tournament earnings, will be looking for his first World Series of Poker bracelet.
Some notables who failed to make it past Day 1 include Jason Senti, Tony Cousineau, Kathy Liebert, Liv Boeree, Barry Shulman and Terrence Chan - who, as a short stack, ran his into the pocket queens of Richard Acorino.
However, where there are victims in poker, there are also survivors. Notable names who managed to make it into Day 2 include Jude Ainsworth (96,600), Jonathan Little (63,500), Joe Cada (54,800), Soi Nguyen (46,500), Ivan Demidov (23,700), William Reynolds (15,700) and Blair Hinkle (90,200), who recently got 4th in Event 38: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em.
The plan today is to play ten levels or reach a final table, though, with so many entrants remaining, the former seems more likely.
Play is set to begin at 1:00 PM PST, so please stick with us here at PokerNews as the drama unfolds and we work our way toward a final table!