Event 1: 20 Players Left With 20 Minutes Left

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.

Event 4: Day 1 Ends with 14 Players

The final 14 players remaining from the initial field of 41 in Event 4 ($240 Seven-Card Stud) have chosen to halt play and return on Monday, August 12 at 3 p.m. The money bubble will burst when five remain. Here is a look at the chips counts when the field takes their seats again.

1: Peter Cleven – 66,500
2: Kevin Painter – 47,400
3: Debra Jorgensen – 39,800
4: Sergio Corominas – 34,700
5: Roberto Marin – 34,400
6: Jeremy Jennings – 33,800
7: Ylon Schwartz – 18,700
8: Christian Ivens – 14,400
9: Barbara Gierum – 13,400
10: Jordan Chizick – 9,300
11: Al Green – 6,200
12: Stuart Breakstone – 6,100
13: David Prager – 5,400
14: Dan D’Eugenio – 4,600

Event 1: Mike Chiappetta Leads the Final 26

When the field in Event 1 ($350 No-Limit Hold’em) reached the final three tables, there was a redraw for the entire field. With 26 players remaining, the average chip stack is about 2.6 million (about 32 big blinds).

Here’s a look at the top of the leaderboard, along with chip counts from some of the other remaining players, with the blinds at 40,000-80,000 and a 10,000 ante.

1. Mike Chiappetta  –  5,380,000  (67 bb)
2. Kane Kalas  –  5,250,000  (65 bb)
3. Derek Buonano  –  5,070,000  (63 bb)
4. Michael Ortiz  –  4,700,000  (58 bb)
5. Steven McCoy  –  4,450,000  (55 bb)
6. David Diaz  –  4,215,000  (52 bb)

Angelo Miele  –  3,900,000  (48 bb)
Kevin Ho  –  3,750,000  (46 bb)
Daniel Navarrete  –  2,960,000  (37 bb)
Chad Eveslage  –  2,300,000  (28 bb)
Sonia Marks  –  1,600,000  (20 bb)
John Liu  –  1,400,000  (17 bb)
Brian Phillis  –  1,360,000  (17 bb)
Jaime Campos  –  1,150,000  (14 bb)
Oscar Ortiz  –  1,050,000  (13 bb)
Mike Beasley  –  815,000  (10 bb)
Marlon Ballentine  –  800,000  (10 bb)
Michael Tait  –  610,000  (7 bb)

The remaining players are all guaranteed at least $5,392. The next pay jump is for 18th place, which is worth $6,409.

Action will continue tonight until the end of the next level, which will be around 2:35 am EDT.

Event 1: David Diaz Leads the Final 35

The final 35 players return from the last break of the day to begin Level 29, with increased blinds of 35,000-70,000 and a 10,000 ante.

The average chip stack is a little more than 1.9 million, which is worth about 27 big blinds.

Here’s a look at some of the updated chip counts:

David Diaz  –  5,230,000  (74 bb)
Daniel Navarrete  –  4,030,000  (57 bb)
Derek Buonano  –  4,000,000  (57 bb)
Mike Chiappetta  –  3,850,000  (55 bb)
Steven McKoy  –  3,700,000  (52 bb)
Kevin Ho  –  3,600,000  (51 bb)
Chad Eveslage  –  3,425,000  (48 bb)
Oscar Ortiz  –  2,350,000  (33 bb)
Brian Phillis  –  1,500,000  (21 bb)
Marlon Ballentine  –  1,200,000  (17 bb)
John Liu  –  1,200,000  (17 bb)
Mike Beasley  –  1,100,000  (15 bb)
Michael Tait  –  1,000,000  (14 bb)

Daniel Navarrete moved into second on the leaderboard after eliminating Pedro Rios. They had gotten it all in preflop with Navarrete’s pocket aces dominating the pocket nines of Rios. The board brought quad fours (Q-4-4-4-4), and Navarette won the pot with one of his aces as the kicker.

Action will continue tonight until the field reaches the final table (very unlikely) or the end of Level 31 (about 2:35 am EDT).