Day 2 of the $1,700 Main Event at Harvey's Lake Tahoe began with just 54 players from 442 combined entries across two starting days and finished with just four players after 10 levels of play.
Stephen Song leads the final four players with 3,880,000 chips, closely followed by Brett Murray with 3,800,000. Scott Sanders sits close behind in third with 3,525,000 with Nick Pupillo rounding out the pack with 2,150,000. The final four players are guaranteed $49,392 with first place paying $147,314 along with a coveted World Series of Poker Circuit ring and a seat into the 2019 Global Casino Championship.
Day 3 will commence on Monday at Noon and play down to a winner, starting with Level 28 with blinds at 30,000/60,000 with a 10,000 ante.
When Day 2 began, the final 54 players needed to fade nine bust outs to get into the money, which came early. Bob Mather and Bryan Piccioli ran into coolers to bust just before the money bubble, which lasted about 40 minutes. During this time, Ryan Stoker and Dann Turner both doubled up before Ray Marchi got his last few chips in the middle with a pair of eights. Unfortunately for him, Frank Pezzullo turned a straight in a four-way pot and Marchi was eliminated on the stone bubble, putting the remaining 45 players in the money, guaranteed a payout of $3,027.
Eliminations were fast and furious throughout the day, with many familiar faces making the money but falling short of the final table. This included the likes of Neil Scott (41st), Jasthi Kumar (40th), Vinny Moscati (29th), Adam Owen (28th), Scott Stewart (27th), Valentin Vornicu (22nd), Sam Renshaw (18th), and Joe Bartholdi (14th).
The final table came halfway through Level 25 after the elimination of Anthony Ajlouny in 11th place. Ian Steinman came in to the unofficial final table with the chip lead, with Brett Murray just half of a big blind behind him in second. David Valdez was first to go in 10th after getting his aces cracked by Scott Sanders' ace-king suited. The flop brought one king and then the turn brought another one to give Sanders trips, sending a frustrated Valdez to the rail. Robert Georato was next to go in 9th, getting his short stack in the middle and unable to improve. He was quickly followed by the start-of-day chip leader Michael Hubbard in 8th place, also short.
Play stayed steady seven-handed, with Nick Pupillo and Stephen Song both finding double-ups. Steinman was then next to go after five-bet shoving with queens but unable to survive the flip against Sanders' ace-king. Dann Turner (6th place) and then Ryan Stoker (7th place) were both short and hit the rail fairly quickly before just four players remained. The last level of the night continued on for another 30 minutes before the final four bagged for Day 3.
Coverage continues right here on WSOP.com on Day 3 beginning at Noon, right up until a winner is crowned.