The players returned from break to begin Level 24, with increased blinds of 15,000-30,000 with a 30,000 ante.
With about 185 players remaining from a field of 7,703, the average chip stack is around 835,000 (28 big blinds). The field is in the money, with the remaining players guaranteed at least $1,525 each.
A scan of the field during the break turned up four players with at least two million in chips, creating an unofficial leaderboard:
1. David Albertson – 3,845,000 (128 bb)
2. Rafaello Locatelli – 2,795,000 (93 bb)
3. Phillip Theard – 2,345,000 (78 bb)
4. Ronald Collins – 2,275,000 (76 bb)
David Albertson won a huge pot right before the break, where he raised big preflop to 150,000. His opponent didn’t see the raise, and only called 25K, thinking nobody had raised the big blind.
He was given a fairly standard ruling with two options — he could fold and forfeit his 25,000 into the pot, or he could call the full amount of the raise. He chose to call.
The flop came , and the player who had mistakenly called moved all in with a sizable stack worth well over a million in chips.
Albertson called with for top pair, top kicker, and his opponent turned over — pair of aces with a lower kicker, and a gutshot straight draw. Albertson had his opponent covered.
The turn card paired the board with another , and the river card was a . Albertson won the huge pot with his king kicker to eliminate his opponent and catapult to a sizable chip lead at the break.
David Albertson – 3,845,000 (128 bb)