Welcome back to the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, and the 50th Annual World Series of Poker for the final day of the Event #23: $1,500 Eight Game Mix. The original 612 player field has now dwindled down to the final 28 who will be returning today to battle it out for a shot of the $177,294 first place prize and a WSOP gold bracelet.
Starting the day in the chipleader role is Canada's Alex Livingston with a stack of 587,000. Livingston started the second day off strong and never really went back as he continued his heater throughout the latter stages of the night. Underneath Livingston on the leaderboard with 395,000 is a well-known mixed game specialist in Chris Vitch after a rollercoaster of a day that never had him short but did have him swinging from big to average stack on several occasions.
A red-hot Murilo Souza will be starting the day third with 383,000 in chips and all of the momentum in the world. Souza is fresh off of a bracelet victory in Event #14: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E that he won under a week ago and will be in contention for another here today. Just when you thought the competition and storylines couldn't get any better, Philip Long shows up and blows all expectations away. Long will be attempting to go back-to-back in this event and amazingly sits near the top of the counts with 353,000.
Day 3 begins at 2 p.m. local time with the players returning to action filled limits of 10,000/20,000. The levels will remain 60-minutes in length and there will be a 15-minute break after every two levels of play, with a 60-minute dinner break at the end of level 6. Play will not stop until a winner is crowned, collecting the $177,294 and a WSOP bracelet.
The PokerNews live reporting team will be bringing you all the action throughout the day, so stay tuned!