A field numbering 138 began the day, gunning for both a spot on Day 3 and those few players left with a $5,000 bounty on their heads. There were 16 such bounties up for grabs and it didn't take long for a bit of that cash to find its way to the ones on the winning side of those special all-in confrontations.
But it wasn't just Shooting Star-ranked pros who were flocking to the rails, leaving nothing but empty felt in their place, as a seemingly endless line of mere mortals found themselves out of chips and out of luck as well.
Over 30 eliminations occurred in the first level alone as the short stacks who coasted through the end of their Day 1's on fumes were weeded out. In fact, the pace barely hit a snag all day long with the only noticeable lag coming, as expected, right before the money kicked in.
With the stack sizes so big in relation to the blinds and antes it raises some questions about how long it will take to get down to the final table tomorrow. But, after all, long days and strange structures are just part of this Shootings Star event.
This tournament has been a bit of an aberration since the first Day 1a heat when we were informed that in addition to the 40-odd bounties interspersed amongst the field, there was also a $10,000 bonus for the players who finished in chip-leader position on the two Day 1 flights.
We also saw an increasingly relaxed blind structure as levels started out at one hour but were extended to 90 minutes on this Day 2. Tomorrow will see yet another 30 minutes added to each round.
Counteracting the increased time between blind boosting is the fact that tomorrow every table will be six-handed, remaining so until the final table.
For a comprehensive look at where the remaining 36 are sitting, both literally and in terms of chips, stroll on over to our robust Live Update Page, - we think you'll be pleasantly surprised.
Tomorrow we'll find out if the final 36 can keep up this pace or if the seemingly inevitable slowdown will occur. PL.com will be on the scene either way, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, so it would probably be a good idea to stop on by.