At the start of Day 2 there were 129 of the original 807 entrants and by the end of play just 13 players remain. These 13 individuals will return to the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino on Thursday afternoon and battle it out at the green felt until a champion is crowned.
Leading the final 13 is Matt Stout and his 1,268,000 chips. Stout was the only player to bag up a seven-figure stack; his nearest rival was France's Benjamin Pollak on 756,000. Stout was already flying high in the chip counts when a massive hand went down as the tournament was wrapping up for the night.
In the hand, Stout opened to 18,000 from the cutoff and Erik Seidel three-bet to 55,000 out of the small blind. Action came back to Stout and he called. The duo saw the flop come down and Seidel continued for 60,000. Stout called and the turn paired the board with the . Seidel checked and Stout followed suit. A second pair hit the board when the touched down and Seidel came out with a bet of 75,000. Stout instantly called and showed , which was much better than the of Seidel and Stout soared to the top of the chip counts.
Other notables to make it through to the third and final day's play include the aforementioned Pollak, David "The Dragon" Pham (748,000), the hot-running Dan Kelly (545,000), former EPT champion Martin Finger (467,000), Nick Schulman (421,000) and Seidel (465,000).
Each of the surviving players is guaranteed a payout of at least $19,475, with a final table appearance worth a more substantial $62,458 and our champion taking home a bracelet and $506,764.
The money started flowing after the elimination of Michael Malm who busted at the hand of David Pham to burst the bubble. Although Malm was disappointed to finish outside of the money, he cannot feel too sorry for himself as he won a bracelet a few of days ago in Event #8.
Players who made it into the money but fell short of Day 3 included Matt Waxman, Mike Watson, Faraz Jaka, Timothy Adams, Allen Cunningham, Scott Seiver Antonio Esfandiari, Victor Ramdin, Andrew Lichtenberger, Shane Schleger, Justin Smith, Jonathan Little and Yengeniy Timoshenko.
Day 3 commences at 13:00 and continues until just one player has won all 7,263,000 chips that are currently in play? Who will that winner be? Keep your browsers locked to PokerNews.com to find out.
For now, we'll leave you with Lynn Gilmartin who has the highlights from all corners of the 2013 World Series of Poker today:
According to Andrew Dean it was a three-bet jam that got all the money in between Jamie Rosen and Daniel Simms. Rosen was ahead with his covering stack holding but Simms still had a chance to survive with .
The flop brought some extra outs to Simms when it came . The turn paired both players when it came the . The on the river did not bring the outs Simms needed and he was sent to the payout desk in fourteenth place.
Table chip leaders Matt Stout and Erik Seidel just engaged each other in what culminated to be quite the massive pot. It began when Stout opened to 18,000 from the cutoff and it folded to Seidel who three-bet to 55,000 out of the small blind. Action came back to Stout and he flat called.
The two took a low flop of and Seidel continued for 60,000. Stout stuck around and the turn paired the board with the . Seidel pumped the brakes and checked his action and Stout followed suit. A second pair hit the board when the touched down and Seidel came out with a bet of 75,000.
"Call," announced Stout after a beat.
Seidel turned up but was surprised to find Stout show for a higher pocket pair. Stout scooped up the pot and is now our overwhelming chip leader with 1.26 million in chips.
Danny Illingworth has doubled up through Chanracy Khun and is up to 225,000 chips.
We were alerted to their table by the dealer's cry of "all in and a call" and rushed over to see Illingworth's tournament life hanging in the balance with versus Khun's .
The flop was as good as Khun could have hoped for his pocket tens and the turn was essentially a blank too.
"Jack ball!" shouted members of the rail in support of Illingworth and their pleas were rewarded as the completed a straight for Illingworth.
It was heads-up to the flop in a battle of the blinds between Matt Stout (small blind) and Martin Finger (big blind).
Stout led for 28,000 and Finger called. The slowed both players down and when Stout checked, Finger checked behind. The completed a potential straight so it was no surprise when Stout fired a bet of 54,000 at his opponent.
"I call," said Finger and he placed out 54,000 worth of chips.
Stout showed and Finger tossed his cards into the muck.
Nikolai Sears had opened the pot to 18,000. From the button Matt Stout raised to 42,000. With action on Martin Finger in the small blind, he raised to 110,000. Action folded back to Sears who folded, then to Stout who folded as well.
"Eight of Diamonds?" Stout asked.
Finger obliged and turned over the . Everyone at the table burst out laughing.
"I didn't even realize I had it until you asked," Finger said.
After a preflop raising war, Dmitry Vitkind was all in and David Pham had called with a covering stack.
The board ran out and Vitkind could not improve against "The Dragon's" better hand eliminating him from the tournament in fifteenth place.