When the day began, 83 of the original 165 entered the room, and each of them had their sights set on a seat at the finale and an eventual victory here in South Korea. Jan Van Dyk was the chip leader with a host of other tough players nipping at his heels.
We had reported that Van Dyk hailed from Oman, and we immediately jumped to the conclusion that he must be the single most successful Omani poker player based solely on the fact that he had made it through the registration phase of this event.
After speaking to Van Dyk today we discovered he's actually a proud South African, and a little annoyed at everyone referring to him as the most dangerous Omani to ever sit down at the felt. In the end it was of little consequence as he would go broke short of the money, relegating him to obscurity at least for now.
We in the media were a little worried at how Day 2 would go, considering we returned with 83 and planned to pare that number down to just nine before calling it a night. As it turned out, we didn't have a thing to be worried about.
Despite deep stacks and a luxurious blind schedule, players were more than willing to get their chips in the middle with less-than-premium holdings. It seemed flush draws were the nuts for many and on the other side of every draw seemed to be a made hand ready to take the plunge.
There wasn't much in the way of superstar names left in the field with Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier carrying the torch for Team PokerStars Pro and the name-brand professionals. ElkY was gone before he had a chance to make much happen, however, flopping trip sevens but finding himself outkicked and in serious trouble against Tim Davis.
Davis managed to hold onto his stack a little longer but would suffer a burst of massive hemorrhages that left him with nothing but the felt in front of him.
In the second half of the day the story was David Saab. The Australian came into the day second in chips and managed to keep himself in the top 10 all the way until the most critical stage, the money bubble. For the whole story you'll have to click through to the live updates but suffice it to say, it wasn't pretty.
Saab showed himself to be a dangerous player with a wide array of weapons at his disposal. Tilt control might be one of the things he needs to work on though, as he ran through a monstrous stack in just one level, earning himself nothing but the title of bubble boy.
The man who took most of his chips, Canada's Brian Kang, finished the day as chip leader, and it was the chips he took from Saab that elevated him to that position.
Since this event is not being taped for television we were able to call it a day once the bubble broke. Tomorrow will see all 16 who made the money return and play down to a winner. For a full accounting of the day's action click through to the live updates page. For a rundown of the end-of-day chip counts click through here.
PL.com will be back in action at 1 a.m. Korea time so make sure to join us them. We'll be crowning a champion and we'd hate for you to miss it.