Event 1: Nipun Java Leads Final 12 Through Day 2

$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Returning to Level 33: 100,000/200,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players Remaining: 12 of 3,173

Nipun Java

It was always an ambitious goal to take this event from 609 players down to a winner in one day, and reality has finally hit in the wee hours of Monday morning. The clock has run out on Level 32 and on Day 2 as a whole, and the final 12 players will return Monday afternoon to play it out on an unscheduled Day 3.

Here’s the remaining lineup:

Table 1
Seat 1: David Shmuel – 2,500,000 (13 bb)
Seat 2: —empty—
Seat 3: Alfredo Guevara – 2,975,000 (15 bb)
Seat 4: Ross Ramlal – 1,200,000 (6 bb)
Seat 5: —empty—
Seat 6: Mike Mehallis – 10,625,000 (53 bb)
Seat 7: —empty—
Seat 8: Ana Freitas – 4,275,000 (21 bb)
Seat 9: Josh Robins – 6,450,000 (32 bb)

Table 2
Seat 1: Nipun Java – 14,925,000 (75 bb)
Seat 2: Manny Minaya – 2,750,000 (14 bb)
Seat 3: —empty—
Seat 4: Andrea Lloha – 3,725,000 (19 bb)
Seat 5: —empty—
Seat 6: Brian Powell – 6,900,000 (35 bb)
Seat 7: —empty—
Seat 8: Zach Donovan – 5,900,000 (30 bb)
Seat 9: Paulo Treu – 1,225,000 (6 bb)

Nipun Java tore though the later stages of Day 2, amassing nearly a quarter of the total chips in play before the clock stuck zero. His stack of 14,925,000 will be good for about 75 big blinds entering the final day.

Java, an Indian-born pro from California, is an accomplished tournament player with more than $2 million in live career earnings. A big chunk of the came this past summer when he claimed a pair of WSOP bracelets, first sharing the $1,000 Tag Team title and then winning the $1,000 online event outright. He’ll be a tough out for his 11 remaining opponents in this event, too.

Local standout Manny Minaya is also among the remaining field, as are one-time chip leaders Mike Mehallis and Zach Donovan. Ana Frietas is the last lady left and a former chip leader herself, and she’ll return to the tables in the middle of the pack.

Everyone left is guaranteed to earn at least $14,279 at this point, but none of them will likely be content with that result. The series’ opening trophy and the top prize of $272,508 are reserved for the eventual winner.

Day 3 begins at 2 p.m.