From a starting field of 1.054 players, just 136 returned for today's Day 2. And after nine-and-a-half levels we're down to our final nine.
The nine who are returning outlasted several well known players and top pros along the way today, including Karina Jett, Michele Lewis, Maria Ho, Liv Boeree, Svetlana Gromenkova, Lacey Jones, Mimi Tran, Evelyn Ng, and the First Lady of Poker, Linda Johnson.
La Sengphet, who began the day with an enormous lead over the field, continued to enjoy the chip lead for most of Day 2. Eventually, though, others rose to Sengphet's challenge, with Kami Chisholm -- a.k.a. "Dr. Kamikaze" -- at times occupying the top spot when Sengphet was not.
By the end of play, however, it was Sidsel Boesen -- who was involved in multiple big hands with Sengphet today -- who is our overnight leader. Here are the counts at night's end:
Seat 1: Vanessa Hellebuyck - 277,000
Seat 2: Holly Hodge - 279,000
Seat 3: Allison Whalen - 344,000
Seat 4: Kami Chisholm - 529,000
Seat 5: Sidsel Boesen - 789,000
Seat 6: Bonnie Overfield - 226,000
Seat 7: Loren Watterworth - 75,000
Seat 8: Timmi Derosa - 437,000
Seat 9: La Sengphet - 206,000
Though their stacks are unequal, all nine women will be returning with the same dream tomorrow of winning a WSOP bracelet. After some discussion, it was decided they will return at 3 p.m. local time Sunday to continue their quest.
See you back here then!
Sidsel Boesen raised to 27,000 from under the gun, and it folded all of the way around the ten-handed table to Ronit Chamani in the big blind. Chamani didn't take any time at all to announce she was all in for her last 62,000, and Boesen called.
Chamani showed and Boesen . The flop came , giving Chamani a pair and a seeming lock on the hand. But the turn was the , opening the door a bit for Boesen. Then came the river -- the ! Trips for Boesen, and Chamani goes out just shy of the final table.
Boesen ends the night with 789,000.
The ten remaining players are asking about the so-called "12-hour rule" that says players will be given 12 hours to rest before a tournament gets resumed. The scheduled start for tomorrow is 2:30 p.m. local time, and since we've just passed 2:30 a.m., the question is whether or not the start tomorrow will be delayed.
It sounds like they've managed to convince the Tournament Director that the start tomorrow shouldn't come until a little later than scheduled.
We'll see how things play out tonight -- there is currently 40 minutes left in this, the last level of the night. Of course, it all could end at any moment if we have another elimination first.
Seat 1 -- Vanessa Hellebuyck
Seat 2 -- Holly Hodge
Seat 3 -- Allison Whalen
Seat 4 -- Kami Chisholm
Seat 5 -- Ronit Chamani
Seat 6 -- Sidsel Boesen
Seat 7 -- Bonnie Overfield
Seat 8 -- Loren Watterworth
Seat 9 -- Timmi Derosa
Seat 10 -- La Sengphet
Traci Brown was all in with her last 40,000 for her tourney life with , and needed her hand to hold up versus Vanessa Hellebuyck's .
Alas for Brown, the flop came , pairing Hellebuyck, and the turn was the , giving her a second pair. The river was the , and Brown is out in 11th. Hellebuyck now has 300,000.
They are currently redrawing for a single ten-handed table. One more elimination to the (official) final table!
La Sengphet has lost some chips over the course of a couple of hands.
The first was a double-up for Vanessa Hellebuyck in which Hellebuyck, holding , caught an ace on the river to survive versus Sengphet's . Hellebuych moved to 230,000 on that one.
In the second, Allison Whalen doubled to 112,000 with versus Sengphet's after flopping a seven and having the hand hold.
Those two hands knock Sengphet down to 150,000.
Kami Chisholm raised to 23,000, and it folded around to Fatima Gaonach in the small blind who reraised all in for 140,000. Chisholm made the call.
Gaonach tabled and Chisholm . The board ran out , giving Chisholm a boat and knocking Gaonach out in 12th.
Chisholm -- our chip leader by far at the moment -- moves up to 865,000 on that one.
Timmi Derosa opened for 40,000 from UTG, and Loren Watterworth reraised all in to 66,000 from the cutoff. Derosa called.
Watterworth showed , while Derosa tabled . The board came , and Watterworth doubled to 153,000. Derosa slipped to 140,000.
Yu Kurita was just all in for her tourney life with against La Sengphet's . The flop came , pairing Kurita but giving Sengphet an open-ender. The turn was the , and Kurita was still in front. But the river brought the , giving Sengphet the straight and knocking Kurita out in 13th place.
The bustouts keep coming. We may get to that final table tonight. There is about 25 minutes left in this level, and they'll play one more one-hour level after this if needed -- unless we see three more eliminations first.