A huge field of 2,541 players turned out today for the last low buy-in event of the 2013 World Series of Poker. After 11 levels of play, only 297 remained, led by Joe Froehle with 144,200 in chips. Froehle’s lead is far from safe, however. Malek Kalayli is right on his heels with 143,000. Lauren Kling (123,300) and Ben Yu (107,500) are also close behind the chip leaders.
Also near the top of the leader board is Nate Silver, noted political analyst, blogger, and statistician famous for correctly predicting recent national elections in the U.S. His website, fivethirtyeight.com, is one of the country’s most sought-after sources for political prognostication. Silver has 134,600 in chips.
Many notables turned out for this event, but did not make it to the end of the day. Jonathan Little, Mike Leah, Jen Shahade, Jake Balsiger, Jason Koon, Shane Schleger, Matt Waxman, Dan Heimiller, Elisabeth Hille, and Lex Veldhuis, among others, have already made their exits. Several other well known players are still in the running, including Calvin Anderson (75,000), Melanie Weisner (61,300), Bill Chen (22,200), Bryan Micon (17,200), and Jeremy Ausmus (11,100).
Play resumes Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Brasilia Room. Stay with us here at PokerNews as we bring you live updates throughout Day 2.