The 90-minute dinner break has commenced, Bruno Politano has continued to gobble up chips during Level 22.
Politano grabbed the chip lead with a monster set-over-set pot last level, and he’s stretched it in the two hours since. With 5.271 million in chips, he holds a wide lead over second place.
Benger picked up a big pot late in the level when he picked up against the of Bob Miller, busting Miller when he failed to find another jack.
Benger will have the opportunity to significantly chip up (or down) before the night is over, as he just got moved to one of the secondary feature tables with fellow hefty stacks Dan Smith and Tony Ruberto. Benger’s position is ideal, as he drew Seat 4, to the immediate left of Ruberto (Seat 3) and Smith (Seat 2).
The leader coming into the day, Matthew Haugen, has been unable to gain any traction, finding himself under the 2 million mark after he came into the day toting 2.8 million.
A noble cause received a nice donation, as David Einhorn was eliminated in 173 when his failed to improve against an opponent’s . Einhorn collected nearly $45,000, which will go to a charity called Robin Hood.
Former standout poker coach Brian Townsend ran his jacks into aces to bow out as well.
Blake Cahail (172nd), Rep Porter (174th), John Kabbaj (179th), Roland Israelashvili (180th), Jeff Madsen (188th) were among the other notable names exiting this level.
While you wait for the return of play, enjoy this timeless video from the 2012 WSOP Main Event where Mickey Doft races to count "the stack."