While it was widely reported yesterday that Allen Bari ended the day with the most clay Sunday, we awoke this Monday morning to discover he had miscounted his chips and last year's champ Raj Patel actually held the lead with 33 players still in the hunt.
Things did not work out so well for Raj, however, as he failed to hold that lead for very long.
The laid-back style of play that had worked so well for the first three days brought a different result today as Raj got short and eventually went broke.
It was on what would be the final hand of the night when he ran king-jack suited into Steve Weinstein's A-K and Adam Katz's aces. The aces held, cracking Patel's hopes of becoming the first-ever here.
Rounding out the final nine are Andrew Barta ($1,433,000), Robert Richardson ($719,000), Frank Cieri ($577,000), Allen Bari ($530,000), Natale Kuey ($525,000) and Michael Farris ($312,000).
The oh-so-strange plan for play today was to throw cards and chips around until the clock struck eight or we were down to 10 players. What that meant was almost a full day of play today, but a good chance we would be returning Tuesday with just a couple of eliminations before the final six would be set. In the end we got down to nine players and will have to come back Tuesday for just three eliminations. Even if play is as tight as Allen Kessler on the early levels of a Day 1 it should only take a level or two before we are through and the final six is set.
Regardless, it will be worth tuning in to PL.com tomorrow to find which six will play in front of the cameras Wednesday for close to a million-dollar first-place prize.
You can also hit up the live updates page right now for an in-depth look at how it all went down today.
There's big money on the line, big decisions will have to be made and, as always, the big-time PL.com crew will be here on time tomorrow to capture it all. Hopefully you will too. We know you want it... come get it.