A sea of floor calls from dealers swept the room. After a few moments, they announced that they were pausing the clock until they figure out how to deal with a slight problem. That problem? Many tables are short-handed and there are a ton of stacks that are out of play.
After an explanation of how they are going to proceed to the players in the room, the floor is going to each table in the room and instructing the dealers on what they need to do. Sold seats will remain in play and out of play stacks will be put in the well.
Tournament Director Jack Effel had this to say about the situation on Twitter:
We made a mistake. Dead stacks (unsold) should blind in well b/c it is not fair for some tables to have them & others to not.Follow @WSOPTD
Play should resume within the next five minutes.