Day 2 of Event #44: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Bounty begins today at 12 noon local time as 272 remaining players return to the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. The 1,807 players who registered yesterday compiled a total prize pool of $2,439,450, which was slightly under last year's total. The money bubble popped in the very last hand of Day 1 and all runners are now guaranteed a min-cash of at least $1,414. A final table appearance will be paying at least $20,115, with first place being worth a cool $253,933.
Leading the 272 hopefuls to claim WSOP gold is Ignacio Molina who comes into Day 2 with 624,500 chips. This is Molina's second career WSOP cash as he picked up his first for $4,501 just a few days before when he finished 114th in Event $13: $1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold'em.
Molina has some close compitition closley behind him as [Removed:124] (576,500), Baitai Li 506,000, Benjamin Chalot (505,000), Walter Fisher (499,500), and David Thomas (475,500) all bagged close to three-times the chip average.
There are still many notables looking to add to their WSOP bracelet collection and those include Asi Moshe (346,000), Benjamin Moon (283,000), Michael Gathy (278,000), Justin Liberto (205,500), Robert Nehorayan (201,500), Loni Harwood (190,500), David Miscikowski (135,000), Kyle Cartwright (113,000), 10-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Ivey (59,500), Jack Duong (49,000), Barry Greenstein (46,000), and Steven Wolansky (24,500).
Action will resume at Level 16 where the small blind will be 2,500 and the big blind 5,000 along with a 5,000 big blind ante. Blind levels will be 60-minutes long and players will receive a 15-minute break after every two levels along with a 60-minute dinner break at the end of level six. Players are scheduled to play 10 levels or down to the final six remaining players, whichever comes first.
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