Seventeen players remain in contention for the $279,094 first-place prize and a World Series of Poker gold bracelet here at Event #46: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low 8-or-Better. Plenty of well-known names dot the short list of survivors, but a relative unknown leads the way: Alexey Makarov, a Russian player who who will log the biggest live cash of his career with any finish better than ninth. Makarov bagged 471,000, giving him a slim chip lead over Ashly Butler, a New Orleans native who sports a third-place finish in last year's WSOP that netted him just over $100,000.
Notable players who have managed to survive the first two days include "Miami" John Cernuto (sixth place, 271,000), Stephen Chidwick (seventh, 243,000), Andrey Zaichenko (ninth, 219,000), Allyn Jaffrey Shulman (10th, 172,000), Mel Judah (16th, 89,000) and Ari Engel (17th, 75,000).
Cards will be in the air at 2 p.m., and the field will be whittled down to a champion, who will have conquered a starting line-up of 435 runners. Pay attention to PokerNews throughout the day to get updates on the conclusion of the tournament.