Day 2 of Event #51: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em BOUNTY has concluded. While 298 players returned at the start of the day, only 29 hopefuls remain in contention after another ten levels of 60 minutes each.
Ranno Sootla, second in chips when Day 2 kicked off, continued where he left off and maintained one of the biggest stacks all day long,. Sootla collected seven bounties on the way and ended the day as the chipleader with a stack worth 1,500,000.
Right behind him sits Ryan Leng with 1,381,000 in chips. Leng, who finished second in the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em last year, will try to one-up on that performance and collect his first WSOP bracelet this time. Other notables left in the field include 2013 Main Event runner-up Jay Farber (901,000), Jamie O'Connor (also 901,000), Russell Rosenblum (730,000), Mikhail Semin (677,000) and Marvin Rettenmaier (316,000).
Alex Whitenstall was the top stack entering the day but he got eliminated in 41th place for $5,722. Others who ran out of chips include Aaron Massey, who busted right before the end of day in the 36th place for $6,946, Dieter Dechant (54th - $4,765), Jan Eric Schwippert (56th - $4,014), Men Nguyen (66th - $3,419), James Mackey (89th - $2,576) and Andrey Zaichenko (144th - $1,846) also got eliminated.
The 29 remaining players will return on Wednesday. June 27 at 12 p.m. and play will continue until a winner has been reached. A WSOP gold bracelet and a $272,504 first-place prize are up for grabs so be sure to keep an eye on PokerNews for all of the live updates from the 2018 World Series of Poker.