Hello and welcome back to PokerNews' coverage of Event #49: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em where 204 players remain in contention for the $719,707 first place prize.
Leading the 204 players back into battle when the tournament resumes at 1:00p.m. local time is the 2005 World Blackjack Champion Ken Einiger who had a great day at the felt on Wednesday where he turned his 15,000 starting stack into a tournament leading 174,000.
Josh Arieh (173,400), Refael Shaoulian (152,600), Robert Prinz (149,400), Tom Bedell (144,600) and Martin Hanowski (142,900) also have monster stacks at the start of play.
Among the returnees are some of the best tournament poker players on the planet. The likes of Vanessa Selbst, Jason Koon, Ravi Raghavan, JC Tran, Shannon Shorr, Andrew Lichtenberger, Jonathan Little, Phil Hellmuth, and Sorel Mizzi are ready to bulldoze their way to victory.
The plan is to play 10 levels, with a 20-minute break after each alternate level. There will be a 60-minute dinner break at the completion of the sixth level of the day.
Only the top 72 players are to receive prize money, which means the money bubble is a little way off, but it will burst at some point and that is always an exciting time!
Make sure you keep your browsers pointing at PokerNews.com from 1:00p.m. on Thursday afternoon as we bring you all of the best action from Event #49.