Two hours down. Still many more to go. Our remaining survivors now have 20 minutes to gather their thoughts before continuing their tourney journeys.
Speaking of survivors, first out the door today was former "Survivor" star Jean-Robert Bellande. Short-stacked to start Day 7, he was finally cut down by Duy Le in 78th place. That means a $94,942 payday for Bellande, but word is he claimed a bit more than that for winning a side bet with Justin "BoostedJ" Smith thanks to his deep Main Event run.
Following Bellande to the rail were Adam Etter, Mark Meloche, Jeff Banghart, Brock Bourne, and Gabriel Nassif. Each of those players also took home $94,942. Making it to six figures were Habib Khanis, Richard Morgan, Pierre Canali, Marcel Cole, Niklas Toorell, Meenakshi Subramaniam, John Armbrust, and Ismail Erkenov, each of whom earned $114,205.
Meanwhile, John Racener wrestled the lead away from Theo Jorgensen for a short while during the last hour, but the Danish pro won a big pot versus Eric "Basebaldy" Baldwin right near the end of the level to push beyond the 10 million-chip mark and back into first. And Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi challenged for the chip lead early on, but had a rough second hour to drop back to the middle of the pack.
There will be 64 players returning from the break. See you on the other side.