There are athletic superstars like Gerard Pique and Paul Pierce in the building, but all anybody can talk about is Phil Ivey, who has been the tournament's chip leader for most of the afternoon. We'll get to what Ivey accomplished before players went on their 90-minute dinner break, but first let's go over nine other things you should know about Day 2C of the 2014 Main Event:

1. There is not one green chip left in play after the first color up of the tournament. Check out our Instagram of all of the 25 chips that are about to get locked away until 2015:



2. We’re still two days away from the start of feature table filming for ESPN, but today the crew is hard at work on the main stage preparing the table for competition. Some of the tasks at hand include installing GoPro cameras inside the rail for the hole card cameras, testing out the circular LED screen, and planning some of the segments besides just table play.

3. We’ve still got a ways to go before we know where the Player of the Year race stands heading into Asia-Pacific in October, but the picture is slightly clearer after three of this year’s bracelet winners hit the rail. Joe Cada, Doug Polk, and Dan Heimiller are going to need to make the trek down under if they care to make any more headway in this year’s contest.

4. Howard “Tahoe” Andrew has attended every single WSOP except for the first four. At 41 years and counting, he is the most loyal player in WSOP history. He is still alive on Day 2C and the two-time bracelet winner is looking to make the 41st try count when it comes to taking part in the WSOP Main Event.

5. Soccer Star Gerard Pique has been a member of the Spanish national team for the past five years and recently represented his country in Brazil at the World Cup. However, with Spain out of the action, he made the trip to Vegas to play in the Main Event for the second consecutive year. The trip seems worthwhile for him so far, as he is currently above average with 140,000 chips.

6.  Players who have final tabled the Main Event during its stint in the Rio have not been doing too well today. So far, six have exited the tournament, including past winners Joe Cada and Jonathan Duhamel as well as Jake Balsiger, Josh Arieh, JC Tran, and Lee Childs. Of course, there is one November Niner doing just fine, but, like we said, more on that in a minute.

7. July is the favorite month of the year for most poker players, but it is a little more fun for Daniel Negreanu, whose birthday is a little later in this seventh month of the year. It is a milestone one for the reigning Player of the Year, as he is turning 40 years old. In addition to entering a new decade, Negreanu is entering eligibility into the Poker Hall of Fame. Nominations opened today for this prestigious honor and anyone can submit nominees to be inducted into this year’s class. We caught up with Negreanu to get his take on who should be in and when he should make the cut.

8. Of the 15 past winners who advanced to Day 2 of the Main Event this year, eight started off today, but now that number is down to five, as Joe Cada, Scotty Nguyen, and Jonathan Duhamel have all busted, leaving Joe Hachem, Phil Hellmuth, Berry Johnston, Carlos Mortensen, and Robert Varkonyi still in the hunt.

9. So far, only nine different countries have collected bracelets at this summer's WSOP, the fewest in five years.  If you look at the chip counts though, there are a couple of Canadians looking to drive that number into double digits. There are currently two Canucks in the top ten, but it is way too soon for the neighbors to the north to get their hopes up after a summer with several runner-up finishes, but no bracelets.

10. It took until Level 10 on Day 2AB for someone to get up to 400,000 chips. It took ten-time bracelet winner Phil Ivey less than two levels to do the same. Most of Ivey’s chips came thanks to a hand in which he rivered a boat to eliminate two players, but he’d been steadily chipping up before that hand, which occurred near the end of Level 7, took place.