The vast majority of the PokerStars Team Pros who started the day have made their exits from the tournament. However, there are still a few who remain and are competing for the gold bracelet.
They include André Akkari, Team Pro Brazil, who is sitting with around 22,000; Jude Ainsworth, Team Pro UK and Ireland, on a stack of about 20,000; and Vadim Markushevski, Team Pro Russia, who has about 15,000. Will any combination of the three be able to make it to Day 2? We'll have to wait and see.
The dinner break is about to hit and we are already down to 560 players. With fifteen minutes left in the sixth level, the math says we have lost an average of 3.475 players per minute throughout the tournament. At this pace, we will likely reach the final 15% of the Day 1A field before the end of Level 10, at which point the tournament will come to a close for the day.
As the field begins to narrow, there are still a few notables who've managed to survive the onslaught. They include Jordan Morgan, Lars Bonding, Steve Gross, Antonio Esfandiari, Michael Mizrachi, Nick Maimone, JJ Liu, Scott Montgomery and Matt Glantz.
There was about 10,000 in the pot with a board reading and action was on Antonio Esfandiari. His sole opponent in Seat 5 had moved all in for 10,075 and it was up to Esfandiari to call or fold.
He agonized over the decision for a few moments before reluctantly making the call. Seat 5 turned over for two pair while Esfandiari sheepishly turned over for a smaller two pair.
There was over 30,000 in the pot when the hit the river. The table reacted with gasps of disbelief while Seat 5 seemed to be in shock. Esfandiari quietly stacked his chips and waited for seat 5 to make his exit before saying, "Wow, that is sick." Esfandiari is up to around 40,000.
Seat 2 was all in for 8,800 with against the of Mandy Baker. Seat 2 seemed resigned to elimination as he stood and began to put on his jacket.
He may have acted too quickly however as the flop came down , keeping him in the lead. Baker was still looking for an ace or king, but could now make a straight with a queen.
The turn was the and suddenly all Seat 2 needed to do was sweat the river. The dealer burned and slowly revealed the . Seat 2 sat back down to his newly doubled chip stack while Baker dropped to a little less than 5,000.
Lars Bonding is currently getting a massage. We wonder what feels better, the muscle relaxation or his massive 27,000 stack.
Likewise, Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi, who won the $50,000 Players Championship earlier in the series, and Scott Montgomery, who won the last $1,000 event, are both sitting strong with around 20,000.