The very last $1,000 no-limit hold'em event of the 2014 World Series Of Poker drew a big field of 2,525 entries yesterday. The money bubble burst during the night's final level when three players were eliminated in the same hand to split the min-cash of $1,840. The remainder of Level 11 can only be described as fast and furious, because another 60 or so would hit the rail and only 206 hopefuls were left to bag up chips.
Among those who made the money but had to settle for a min-cash were Elisabeth Hille, Amit Makhija, Todd Brunson, Will Failla, Lisa Hamilton, Michael Tureniec, Tony Ma, and Sebastian Pauli. Meanwhile the overnight chip leader was Raymond Chen (130,400), who edged out Giang Hoang (127,400) and Brian Altman (106,900).
Trailing the leading trio are such familiar names as Vinny Pahuja (99,500), Matthew Wakeman (92,800), Steve Gross (80,800), Mihails Morozovs (75,100), Jamie Rosen (72,000), Perry Friedman (71,000), Matt Salsberg (70,600), and Will Jaffe (70,100).
Pahuja especially will be on our list of players to watch out for, as he already finished 12th in the $ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em (Event #9), seventh in one $1,000 NLHE (Event #33) and 12th in a $1,500 NLHE (Event #44) this year.
Plenty of other notables will return to the tables at 1 p.m. local time when the action resumes. The PokerNews team will bring you all the action from the tables when the field gets whittled down during today's 10 levels of play on the way to finding yet another golden bracelet winner on Tuesday. Stay tuned!