Benyamine caught a deuce to leave Smith drawing dead. Smith opened a jack anyway, then left the feature table area as the 9th place finisher.
De Wolfe's J-T-8-4-2 couldn't catch Wahlbeck's J-8-5-4-3 and he hit the rail in 10th place.
Wahlbeck checked over to Juanda, who tanked for several minutes before checking behind. Walhbeck turned up J-T-6-4-3 and Juanda mucked his hand.
Wahlbeck is now closing in on 600,000 in chips while Juanda is down to 250,000.
Wahlbeck led out for 80,000 and Karas gave it up.
Level 19 started
As a result we start the day with two five-handed tables. The story of the tournament right now is a man named Vince Musso. Musso (if Hendon Mob is accurate) has one previous WSOP cash to his credit -- 30 years ago in this very event, where he came in third behind runner-up Byron Wolford and champion Bobby Baldwin. Musso is leading the field with 765,000, a very comfortable stack when initial blinds today will be 6,000 and 12,000.
Play gets underway at 2pm local time. Will Musso be crowned champion by the end of the night? There's only one way to find out. Keep your browser pointed at PokerNews.com throughout the day for all of the live tournament updates.
Seat 1: Justin 'BoostedJ' Smith - 122,500
Seat 2: Steve Sung - 212,500
Seat 3: Nick Schulman - 300,000
Seat 6: Vince Musso - 765,500
Seat 7: David Benyamine - 139,000
Seat 2: Michael Binger - 108,000
Seat 3: Ville Wahlbeck - 481,000
Seat 5: Roland De Wolfe - 102,000
Seat 6: Archie Karas - 264,500
Seat 7: John Juanda - 387,000