With a total of 128 runners returning to compete in today's second day of six-handed action, several of the game's brightest stars were shining on the biggest stage in poker. Jonathan Little turned in a wire-to-wire performance, leading the chip counts after Day 1, and remaining on top by the end of play tonight. Little will return with 1,290,000 at his disposal, after busting Max Steinberg on one of the last hands of the night.
Justin Young, Bertrand Grospellier, Phil Galfond, Brian Hastings, and T.J. Cloutier are just some of the pros who fell short of the money here today, with the level of play intensifying as each hour passed. For the bigger buy-in events held every summer, the game's elite players bring their best to the table, and that fact was evident as the night progressed.
Brian Rast (54th), Olivier Busquet (51st), and Eric Froehlich (49th), Daniel Negreanu (39th), and Justin "Boosted J" Smith (19th) all secured a spot on the payouts list, but for pros of this caliber nothing short of first place was sufficient.
Among the notable names still vying for that coveted win here at the World Series of Poker, and the gold bracelet that goes with it, are Allen Bari (1,191,000), Dan Smith (719,000), Andrew Robl (554,000), Erick Lindgren (525,000), Jonathan Aguiar (455,000), and Lee Markholt (431,000).
Check back with PokerNews tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. local time as the remaining 14 players work their way to the final table stage, and potentially, a life changing bracelet win.