The second day of Event # 6 at the 2013 World Series of Poker, the $1,500 "Millionaire Maker" No-Limit Hold'em event, is set to begin shortly, and we welcome you back to PokerNews' continued coverage of this record-breaking tournament. After playing two separate flights yesterday (Day 1a and 1b), eight levels of grueling play whittled the field from 6,343 runners, an unprecedented number in terms of low buy-in WSOP tourneys, to 1,481 players.
After a hectic first day of play, in which the Rio and WSOP staff worked wonders to accommodate the massive field, the remaining players have moved to the Amazon Room, with the "Mothership" final table stage looming large in the background. Along with the thousands of amateurs who came for the chance at a million dollar payday, several notable pros weaved their way through the landmines to bag and tag a stack for moving day.
The first flight yesterday ended with Ryan Welch near the top of the leaderboard, and the former WSOP bracelet winner will hold 68,450 chips when play resumes today. Among the other professionals to advance from flight 1a were John Monnette, Tristan Wade, Timothy Adams and Jake Cody. Micah Raskin, Kenny Nguyen, Dennis Phillips, Dani Stern and Rupert Elder.
The second flight of Day 1 saw a two-time bracelet winner climb to the top of the chip counts, as Scott Clements used his patented aggressive style to mow down amateurs and fellow pros alike. Clements will begin play today with a stack of 66,225 chips, good enough to be considered one of the unofficial chip leaders. The WSOP legend T.J. Cloutier will also take a seat today, as will Phil Hellmuth, Maria Ho, Darryll Fish, Danny “Miami Boss” Suied, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, McLean Karr, 2010 Main Event runner-up John Racener, and a number of other notable names.
Stay tuned to PokerNews throughout the day for continuous live coverage of Day 2, as the remaining players try to navigate the minefield to make the "Millionaire Maker" final table.