Stephen Graner will bring 12,005,000, about a third of the chips in play, to tomorrow's final table of Event #8: $1,500 Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold'em. That puts him more than 7 million clear of his nearest competitor, James Duke.
The Henderson, Nev., native has already gotten 2014 off to a nice start, scoring his biggest ever cash of $65,840 in February, but with such a massive chip lead, he has his sights set squarely on the $1,319,587 first-place prize. Everyone returning tomorrow is already assured of scoring $128,150.
The most accomplished tournament players coming back tomorrow are in third and seventh, respectively. Englishman Andrew Teng ($700,000 in live cashes) brings 4,375,000, while Florida's Maurice Hawkins ($1.1 million) bagged just under 2 million.
Plenty of well-known players brought stacks into Day 2, but most fell by the wayside relatively early on. Among those falling today: Chris Klodnicki, Matt Salsberg, Amir Lehavot, Athanasios Polychronopolous, James Mackey, Andrew "BalugaWhale" Seidman, John Racener, Allen "Chainsaw" Kessler, Chris DeMaci, and Greg "FBT" Mueller.
Tomorrow's final table will convene at 1 p.m. and play down to a winner. Be sure to tune back in to PokerNews for the crowning of the next poker millionaire, who will have conquered a massive field to claim the bracelet.