Event 4: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better

Carroll, Mizrachi & Zaichenko Frontrunners on Push to the Money

Mike Sexton looks to improve on last year's performance.

Welcome to Day 2 of the Event #4 $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or Better, the first Stud event of the 2012 World Series of Poker. Yesterday, 622 players packed the Amazon Room and created an $839,700 prize pool, with $201,559 of that going to first. More than two-thirds of the field hit the rail, but William Carroll, Michael Mizrachi and Anrey Zaichenko were not among them as the triumvirate finished atop the chip counts.

Others among the 198 players who will be returning to action today are the defending champ, Chris Viox; last year’s runner up, Mike Sexton; 1998 Main Event champ Scotty Nguyen; 2006 WSOP Player of the Year Jeff Madsen; and the one and only Phil Ivey.

The plan for the day is to play ten levels, and given the average stack is around twelve big bets, we expect the eliminations to come fast and furious. The top 64 finishers are slated to be paid, earning a minimum of $2,754, which means 134 players will leave empty handed.

Here’s a look at the top ten chip counts at the start of Day 2:

Notable Chip Counts

William Carroll49,100
Michael Mizrachi41,500
Andrey Zaichenko35,000
Brian Nadell34,600
Daniel Studer32,700
Sanjay Pandya32,100
Lauchlin McKinnon31,200
Jeff Madsen31,100
Benjamin Powell30,900
Thomas Bessoir30,100

Action is set to begin at 2 p.m. PST, which is less than half an hour from now. The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be on hand to bring you all the latest and greatest.