By dinner break, more than half of the field de-felted, most of them busted by the new chip monster, Jerry Yang, who eliminated four of the five bustees. If he keeps it up, Yang may match Alex Kravchenko quietly moved from last into 3rd place, with tight play broken by occasional all-in moves. Alex's all-ins (which unfailingly spark fanatical Russian chanting) have earned either folds or doubles each time, earning him the nickname "the Barnacle," for sticking to the tournament with terrific tenacity.
Just behind Kravchenko, with around $11.25 to the Russian's $11.75 million, is the Canadian Tuan Lam. Lam was fairly quiet in the early stages of the day, folding and blinding his stack to half its starting size, but there is plenty of play left - and he has already guaranteed himself $1,852,721.
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