There will be 36 players returning to their seats for Day 2 of Event #28: $50,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller inside the Paris Ballroom at the World Series of Poker at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas. The action is slated to get underway at 1 p.m. local time and it will be none other than Finnish four-card expert Joni Jouhkimainen leading the way.
Jouhkimainen went on a heater in the middle of the opening day, one that he even said might be the best run of cards he's ever experienced. After 15 levels of poker, Jouhkimainen bagged up a stack of 2,935,000, enough for nearly 10% of the chips in play. Jouhkimainen will be looking to turn that run into a final table appearance and finally capture that elusive WSOP gold bracelet that he looks to add to his resume.
Some other big stacks joining him at the top of the leaderboard are Aaron Mermelstein (2,375,000), Scott Seiver (1,835,000), and reigning player of the year Josh Arieh (1,825,000). After being eliminated in an earlier event yesterday, Arieh was overheard saying "I'm gonna go win that one," referring to this tournament. Thus far, he has put himself in a good position to do just that and sneak into the conversation at defending his POY title.
The action is expected to be fast and furious in the early going of the day, with many short stacks still in the field. Players will be looking to maneuver their way around and set themselves up for the money bubble that should occur midway through the day. They will all be fighting to get into the top 16 spots to grab a piece of the $5,074,750 prize pool up for grabs.
The cards will go in the air at 1 p.m. local with the blinds resuming on level 16 at 10,000/15,000 with a big blind ante of 15,000. Each player will receive an additional six time banks at the start of the day, and another six once the final table is reached. The levels will continue to be 40 minutes in length with a 15-minute break after every three levels and a 60-minute dinner break after nine levels.
They will be playing down to the final five players today, and those will return tomorrow to eventually crown a WSOP gold bracelet winner. Keep it tuned in here as the PokerNews live reporting team will be bringing you all of the live updates throughout the day.