Welcome back to the penultimate day of Event #24: $2,620 THE MARATHON No-Limit Hold’Em where 60 players remain in the hunt for the bracelet. Day 4 will start at 12 noon local time and WSOP bracelet winner, Taylor Paur, who bagged 2,958,000 in chips took the top spot in the chip counts last night which equals around 248 big blinds. This will be Paur’s fourth and biggest cash up till now for this summer at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino as he sets his sights on that first-place prize of $653,581 and another gold WSOP bracelet.
Second in the chip counts is Anton Morgenstern with 1,775,000 which is a gap of almost 100 big blinds to Paur. The German had deep runs in the Main Events of 2013 and 2015, making it all the way to the final three tables. For Mark Sleet, who tagged 1,550,000 in chips last night, this will be his biggest WSOP cash to date. After a deep run in Event #13, the Big Blind Antes tournament, he will be looking to better that result.
Main Event Champion and 888poker ambassador Martin Jacobson (811,000) has great company with fellow Main Event Champion Scotty Nguyen (483,000), and fellow 888poker ambassador Chris Moorman (445,000). Other notable players to keep an eye on include Jonas Mackoff (1,356,000), Javier Fernandez (1,320,000), Michael Hada (1,236,000), Michael Addamo (1,096,000), Matt Affleck (884,000), Julien Sitbon (868,000), and Stoyan Obreshkov (769,000) who have all bagged above the average chip count.
For players like Javier Zarco (628,000), Cate Hall (574,000), Ivan Deyra (558,000), Martin Staszko (516,000), Jonathan Abdellatif (492,000), Bart Lybaert (483,000), Faraz Jaka (429,000), Lexy Gavin (405,000), Lee Markholt (376,000), and Christian Pham (211,000), they still have some work ahead of them today.
The schedule for today features seven 100-minute levels of play with a 15-minute break after each level. After the fourth level, a 60-minute dinner break will take place. When the 60 remaining players return for play today at noon local time, they will play Level 19 which feature a small blind of 6,000, big blind of 12,000 and a running ante of 2,000.
The PokerNews live reporting team will be on the floor from the start to provide you with all the updates from THE MARATHON, so stick around.