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: