The second level of Day 3 is now in the bag with roughly another 280 players being eliminated as approximately 1,287 players are remaining, and they are all now heading on a 20-minute break.
Play would begin this level with Isaac Baron continuing his domination of the day as he saw his stack climb to nearly 900,000 after eliminating Andrew Lichtenberger and another player. Lichtenberger was all in holding while the short-stacked player held . With Baron needing to call a further 115,400 to put Lichtenberger at risk, he eventually would and tabled his . The dealer spread a board to send two players to the rail and Baron further up the leaderboard.
Joining Baron on the upswing included Joe Kuether who made a push a push towards 700,000, Raj Vohra who won a race against ace-king, and Paul Pierce - fresh off his Q&A with PokerNews and the GPI - managed to double up when he turned a straight.
However this level would be one for notable eliminations as the likes of Mark Radoja, Chris Bell, Blair Hinkle, Russell Crane, Billy Baxter, Aaron Massey, Jake Cody, Matt Vengrin and Erica Lindgren hit the rail. Randy Lew made a move with that nearly paid off, Johnny Chan ran into Rocky McNatt's flush and Kevin Pollak couldn't outdraw Patrick Coughlin's aces with .
Once play ended for the second level of the day, Baron would again be top dog with 810,000 while Raul Mestre made a climb to be a close second with 787,000.