With 222 people coming in with chips, only 17 left the day with their markers. Jamie Armstrong finished the day with the most chips, bagging 1,434,000. Right behind him was Noah Vaillancourt with 1,212,000 and Eric Baldwin with 887,000,making this no easy pickings for anyone. Those players will return tomorrow in the Amazon room to fight it out.
Of course the day was filled with plenty of players hitting the rail early. Of those departed Maria Ho made the strongest impression. Dictating the action at her table most of the day. Here is a look at what happened when we watched her table for an orbit early on today. Eventually a few bad beats caused Ho to be on the chopping block, and she never recovered and was sent packing. A few other players that left us today were Martin Staszko, Matthew Prior, Ryan Gentry, and Huy Nguyen.
Nguyen especially had a rough go at it, coming out with a monster stack early on today, but falling after a string of bad beats, including this one. Alan Keating who came out of the woodwork late, making a strong impression by acquiring chips. In the end though he was vanquished by Jamie Armstrong.
Tomorrow the 17 remaining players will play down until an ultimate winner is crowned. Will it be Eric Baldwin? The former collegiate baseball champion and current career poker player had many highs today, knocking out opponents, doubling up late, and just knowing when he is ahead and getting value. The truth is anyone could come out tomorrow and walk away with a World Series of Poker bracelet.
The golden bracelet along with $440,829 is going to be awarded to one of these 17 players tomorrow. Stay tuned to PokerNews tomorrow at 1:00 PST to stay up to day with all the eliminations.