Michael Hudson has nearly 40% of the chips with nine players left. Day 3 action begins at noon Monday.

February 11, 2019 (Milwaukee, Wis.) -- Day 2 of the WSOP Circuit Potawatomi Main Event began with 97 players returning from the starting field of 667 entries. After 10+ levels played on Sunday, only nine players remain in their quest to capture the $207,159 first-place prize and a seat into the 2019 Global Casino Championship.

Michael Hudson commands a sizable chip lead, holding just shy of 40% of the chips at the final table. Hudson was on the winning end of several key hands today, two of which came against ring-winner Kevin Saul, who was the chip leader to begin both hands.

First, with 47 players remaining, Hudson was all in on the turn with a double-gutshot straight draw against Saul's flopped set. Hudson made his straight on the river to survive, and it wasn't the last time he put the hurt on Saul.

At the final table, Hudson turned a full house against Saul's flopped full house. A big river check-raise from Hudson resulted in a call from Saul, sending Hudson back to the top of the chip counts.

Here is how the final table lines up for Day 3:

Seat 1: Josh Turner - 1,265,000 (25 bb)
Seat 2: Hank Sitton - 2,870,000 (57 bb)
Seat 3: Kevin Saul - 1,810,000 (33 bb)
Seat 4: Cody Brinn - 805,000 (16 bb)
Seat 5: Nathan Braungardt - 1,100,000 (22 bb)
Seat 6: Damjan Radanov - 1,355,000 (27 bb)
Seat 7: Eric Wasylenko - 770,000 (15 bb)
Seat 8: Brett Apter - 2,195,000 (44 bb)
Seat 9: Michael Hudson - 7,850,000 (157 bb)

Second in chips is Hank Sitton, in search of his first circuit ring. Next is Brett Apter, who captured his first ring earlier this series with a win in the $400 six-max event last week. Apter also is in the mix for Casino Champion and could take the lead in that race depending on his finish at the final table. The aforementioned Kevin Saul is fourth in chips, looking to win his second wing. His first came back in 2013.

In the middle of the pack is Damjan Radanov, who held the chip lead entering Day 2. Radanov also has a circuit ring on his résumé from 2015.  Next is Josh Turner, on the hunt for his eighth circuit ring and second this season. Rounding out the final table are Nathan Braungardt, Cody Brinn and Eric Wasylenko. Braungardt and Wasylenko are looking for their first circuit rings, while Brinn has two on his mantle already.

Cards will be in the air at noon local time on Monday.