A total of 3,991 entrants played in Event #43: $1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold’em, creating a prize pool of $3,551,990 and a first-place prize of $446,983. With the combined fields of Day 1a and Day 1b, the number of players remaining for Day 2 is 1,064.
Leading the way is Terry Presley who bagged up 828,000 chips on Day 1b, most of them courtesy of a massive pot that happened in the last level of the night, where he called for the majority of his stack with a queen-ten of hearts on an ace-high two heart board, completing his flush on the river to make himself one of the chip leaders. The Arkansas native has over $440,000 in lifetime tournament earnings as well as a Heartland Poker Tour title. He will be looking to add his first bracelet for his resume in this event.
The second biggest stack coming into the day is Day 1a’s chip leader Alexander Farahi (742,500). Farahi collected a third-place finish in the Millionaire Maker back in 2017 and is looking at another shot to take a bracelet. Next in chips is Belgian player Sylvain Naets (710,000) who has already cashed four times this world series and is setting himself for another deep run and chance for his first bracelet.
Plenty of bracelet winners remain looking to add one more piece to their collections including four-time bracelet winner Michael Gathy (80,000) and three-time bracelet winners Ryan Leng (182,500) and Barry Greenstein (58,500). Other notables in the field include Tim Reilly (420,000), Dan Sepiol (389,500), Maria Konnikova (208,500), Antoine Saout (155,000), and former Main Event Champions Martin Jacobson (106,500) and Ryan Riess (83,000).
The action is set to kick off at 10 a.m. at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. The blinds will return at 1,500/3,000 with play scheduled for 10 one-hour long levels with 15-minute breaks after every two levels. A one-hour dinner break will be after Level 19. After Level 21, the remaining players will bag up and return on Monday, October 24 for Day 3.
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