The Amazon Room is beginning to look eerily bare as the Main Event field has been whittled down to its final 142 players. At the top of the leaderboard sits David Bach with a whopping 4,706,000 chips. Nipping at his heels are the other members of the four-million chip mark, including Pius Heinz (4,699,000), Kyle Johnson (4,654,000), Phil Collins (4,109,000) and Ben Lamb (4,032,000). One of the big stories going into the day is Ben Lamb's quest for the Player of the Year title. After a mere four eliminations today, Lamb will overtake Phil Hellmuth for WSOP Player of the Year. That's not to say Hellmuth doesn't have a chance to win back glory, as the events at this year's WSOPE also count toward Player of the Year, but Lamb's incredible run in this year's Main Event will certainly skyrocket him into first place.
We may be under 150 total players left in the field, but the notables still alive are aplenty. Sitting at the featured table today is the third place finisher in the 2010 Main Event Joseph Cheong (1,988,000). Joining him are Christian Harder and Phil Collins. The secondary featured table also includes notables Jean-Robert Bellande, Pius Heinz, and Eli Elezra.
Among those still doing battle against the field for the glory of the WSOP Main Event bracelet include Bryan Devonshire, Erick Lindgren, Sam Barnhart, Tony Hachem, David Sands, Sorel Mizzi, Ray Henson, Lars Bonding, and five-time bracelet winner and 2006 WSOP Main Event 4th Place finisher Allen Cunningham. With this many notables left in the field, we're sure to have lots of action and many interesting stories transpire throughout the day.
We'll be playing four more levels today with a two hour and five minute dinner break after the first two levels. Stay tuned to PokerNews for all of the latest updates as we draw closer to crowning our 2011 Main Event Champion!