There are 20 players remaining with 20 minutes left in Day 2 of Event 1 ($350 No-Limit Hold’em). The average chip stack is about 3.4 million, which is worth about 37 big blinds.
Kevin Ho leads the field late with nearly seven million, but there are several players he’ll need to hold off to finish with the end-of-day chip lead.
Here’s a look at the top of the leaderboard late in the last level of the day:
1. Kevin Ho – 6,970,000 (77 bb)
2. Zack Goodman – 5,725,000 (63 bb)
3. Mike Chiappetta – 5,500,000 (61 bb)
4. Derek Buonano – 4,900,000 (54 bb)
5. Kane Kalas – 4,650,000 (51 bb)
One of the more interesting stories since the money bubble has been Mike Beasley, who was cut short in an aces-vs.-queens situation, but has held tough since then.
Beasley has pointed out that when he won the $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em event at the 2010 Borgata Winter Open, he struggled with fewer than 15 big blinds all the way from 41 players remaining to reach the final three. Beasley says that if he did it once, he can do it again.
Beasley has been on a similar trajectory today, and he’s hoping that this tournament has a similar conclusion for him.