The players return from break to begin Level 15, with increased blinds of 3,000-6,000 with a big blind ante of 6,000.
With 212 players remaining from a field of 1,566, the average chip stack is about 268,000 (54 big blinds). The final 196 players will finish in the money, guaranteed at least $5,265 each.
As soon as the field reaches the final 198 players, the 30-second Action Clock by Protection Poker will be put into play for the rest of the tournament.
A scan of the field during the break turned up four players with at least 750K in chips, creating an unofficial leaderboard:
1. Barbaro Diaz – 1,510,000 (252 bb)
2. Joseph Cheong – 854,000 (142 bb)
3. Eric Ting-Yi Tsai – 800,000 (133 bb)
4. Yiannis Liperis – 750,000 (125 bb)
There will be a 90-minute dinner break after Level 16 (around 6:30 pm), and action will continue tonight until the end of Level 20 (around 12:15 am).