After another ten levels on Day 2, we have narrowed the field from 342 players to just 27. We lost our top three chip leaders, including Douglas Lang, who managed to make it to our final four tables before he lost the last of his chips. Sybe Smit entered Day 2 fourth in chips and will enter Day 3 in the middle of the pack, still very much in the hunt.
In fact, most players are still within striking distance of the chip leader, Jason Somerville. With not even 750,000, he has less than double the average and even one of the shortest stacks could take as much as a third of his chips. However, Somerville has been here before and shouldn't be phased. Not only is this his second Day 3 this year (finished 14th in Event #7, the $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em Championship), he made two final tables last year and a third the year before. That doesn't even include a third-place finish in the 2010 $10,000 Heads-Up Championship. Having never won a WSOP gold bracelet despite those close calls, he will be sure to try and use this opportunity to grab his first.
Although this was scheduled as a three day event, it is unlikely that we will be able to play down to a champion in 10 levels. But as always, PokerNews will have coverage all day today and however many days it takes to complete this event. Cards will be in the air at 2:30 p.m. local, or in about five minutes, so don't go anywhere!