It was a busy and crowded day in the tournament area where, at one point, every table was in use for the Main Event, the ladies event, satellites, and daily tournaments.
The Main Event was particularly bustling with 393 entries for 1B, bringing the total field size to 646, which is a substantial increase over last year. Thanks to the bump in attendance, the eventual champion will not be winning a seat into the WSOP Global Casino Championship and a ring--they will also be taking home close to $200,000. The top 72 finishers will all make the money.
Of the 393 entries, there were 80 survivors and, like Day 1A, only one player with more than 300,000 chips. Marshall White, who had to contend with Chris Moneymaker and several other big stacks at his table late in the day, managed to prevail and bag up 303,000 to end 1B as chip leader, but he is still around 30,000 chips behind the overall chip leader heading into Day 2, Jeremy Drewery (pictured).
Moneymaker may have lost some chips to White late in the day,but he still bagged up plenty, especially considering he only played six levels today, registering during the dinner break and running his stack up to six-figure territory before the next break. He ended the day with 118,500. Other notables to bag up include bracelet winner Kyle Cartwright (62,000), Chris Conrad (190,000), John Holley (116,500), and 2014 Tunica Main Event winner Jonathan Gaviao (115,500).
Several other recognizable names came to play but failed to survive the day. Notable bustouts include past Tunica Main Event winner Mark Smith, Ashly Butler, Woody Moore, Tripp Kirk, David Nicholson, and Tim Vance.
Some of the other big stacks to keep an eye on tomorrow include Jared Eskanderi (233,500), Matthew Lawrence (218,500), Michael Foley (214,000), and Christopher Staats (201,000).
Players will be back in action at 12pm on Sunday for Day 2 action.Follow all of the action with WSOP Live Updates. A full list of the Day 2 survivors, chip counts, and seat assignments are available in the Reports section.