A total of 885 players returned to the tables of the Amazon and Pavilion room for Day 2 of the $1,111 Little One for One Drop and the blinds resumed in level nine at blinds 300 - 600 with a running ante of 75. The bubble burst in the second level of play when Frank Yenigotchian couldn't improve with against the of Julian Parmann.
Nine levels of one hour each would be played before 102 participants bagged up chips over night and Charbel Azzi (514,000) was the only player to accumulate more than half a million in chips to end atop the leader board. In a crucial hand of level 15, Azzi eliminated Ludovic Geilich and increased his stack consistently throughout the rest of the day.
Hot on his heels are Alexander Ziskin (480,000), aforementioned Parmann (471,500) and Matthew Lapossie (458,000). Other notable names that made it through with an above-average stack include Maxim Panyak (335,500), Sergio Castelluccio (291,500), Salvatore Bonavena (255,000), Joep van den Bijgaart (249,500), Maurice Hawkins (236,000), Jose Carlos Garcia (234,500), Michael Tureniec (219,500) and Brian Pinkus (215,000).
Familiar faces on the circuit that busted before the money were for example Pierre Neuville, 2013 WPT Prague champion Julian Thomas, Lynn Gilmartin, Anna Khait, Ryan Laplante, Jennifer Tilly and Mike Sowers. Dan Heimiller, Goran Mandic, Xuan Liu, Amanda Musumeci, Carlos Mortensen and Shannon Shorr all fell in the first payout zone for $1,780 each.
Many other big names such as Antonio Esfandiari, Athanasios Polychronopoulos, Alex Bilokur, Willa Failla, Humberto Brenes, Dimitar Danchev and Annette Obrestad also cashed but won't be returning on Saturday when the action resumes at 1 p.m. Las Vegas time. The blinds continue at 3,000 - 6,000 with a running ante of 500.
All remaining players have $3,560 guaranteed and the eyes are set on the first-place payout of $637,539. The PokerNews live reporting will be on hand to bring you all the key action from the tables. It seems unlikely that a winner will already be crowned on Saturday and up to 10 levels of one hour each are scheduled.