On the tick of 3am, our coverage from today's event comes to an end as the final cards have been dealt. The $5,000 No Limit Holdem event attracted a field of the highest calibre and after 164 players started the day today with high hopes, only 17 survived it.
As an interesting twist to the end of the day's proceedings, a mini-verbal war has erupted after it was announced that the players will return at noon tomorrow - less than nine hours from now. Lars Bonding and Thomas Keller were especially unhappy about this scheduling, but they were told that "nothing can be done" and the scheduling is designed for the ESPN live webcast tomorrow.
As the disgruntled players head off to get some sleep, the story of the day is young gun Isaac Baron, who was solid throughout the day before, striking late in the evening with pocket aces to rocket to the overnight chip lead. Baron is a feared online player who has experienced success in the European regions before he was even legal to play in a casino in the US. Tomorrow, he'll have his sights firmly set on tasting his first WSOP bracelet.
He won't have it easy, however, with the likes of Danny Illingworth, David Pham, Mike Sowers, Thomas Keller, David Benefield and Lika Gerasimova still in contention.
We'll have the official counts for you shortly.
Thanks for following our coverage this evening and we hope you'll join us again tomorrow for the exciting conclusion of this event.
We caught this hand in progress after Olivier Bousquet called a flop bet by Danny Illingsworth on a board of .
Both players checked the on the turn and Illingsworth fired another 115,000 when the landed on the river. Bousquet made the call and Illingsworth announced, "Nine high," which wasn't enough to beat Bousquet's pocket 5s.
Play is back underway. Here's the new seating assignments.
Seat 1: David Benefield
Seat 2: Christian Iacobellis
Seat 3: David Inselberg
Seat 4: Nicholas Grippo
Seat 5: Billy Kopp
Seat 6: Thomas Keller
Seat 7: Lars Bonding
Seat 8: Faraz Jaka
Seat 9: Brian Lemke
Seat 1: Matthias Neu
Seat 2: Olivier Busquet
Seat 3: David Pham
Seat 4: Danny Illingworth
Seat 5: Tom Braband
Seat 6: Isaac Baron
Seat 7: Fabian Quoss
Seat 8: Mike Sowera
Seat 9: Lika Gerasimova