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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Bubble has Burst!

After every table played one round of poker, the money bubble has burst, with all of those players who were knocked out in that round splitting up the bubble money. The clock says 137 players remaining, and they are currently on a short break.

Play will continue for four more levels tonight until we are ready to bag and tag.

Some Stacks on the Money Bubble

Blinds: 10,000-20,000 Players Left: 151 Average Stack: 746,000

Artak Babayan - 2.1 million
Scott Clements - 1.6 million
Paul Chauderson - 1.4 million
Deepinder Singh - 1.1 million
Harry Arutyunyan - 980,000
Michael Rocco - 930,000
Erich Karle - 920,000
Phil Laak - 730,000
Massoud Eskandari - 670,000
Thomas Zanot - 580,000
Nipun Java - 550,000
Daniel Strelitz - 470,000
Tim Cramer - 350,000
Dave Banerjee - 235,000

The Money Bubble Approaches

The clock says 180 players left in this Mega Millions Day 2, meaning we are just 30 players away from the money. When the bubble bursts, the remaining 150 players will all lock up at least $1,215.

Once we are in the money, we will walk around the floor and grab a bunch of updated chip counts for you guys.

Tracking the Former Champions of This Event

After taking a walkthrough the field of 210 remaining players in this Mega Millions, it looks like there are still four former champions who are still alive and looking to become the first two time champion of this event. One former champion who is noticeably absent is the defending champion Jonas Hagstrom, who does reside in Europe and admittedly came to Los Angeles in April to hang out with friends and happened to register this event on a whim. Below you will see how the remaining champions are faring at the moment, as we are just 60 players from the money.

Blinds: 8,000-16,000

Daniel Strelitz - 680,000
Sarkis Keshishian - 520,000
Boris Goldstein - 480,000
Dave Banerjee - 420,000

What's on Tap: Wednesday, August 23rd

The action keeps rolling tomorrow with an $1,100 buy-in Deepstack Event, as well as the first day of our $100,000 Guaranteed Big HORSE Event! Of course, we will also have Day 3 of the Mega Millions, where we will be playing down to the final table of nine. 

The action starts at 11:30 AM with the $1,100 No-Limit Event. This is two day event where players will be starting with 30,000 in chips. All Day 1 levels will be 40 minutes long, and will bump up to 50 Minutes for the Day 2 finals. Registration will be open until 2:30 PM tomorrow.

The Mixed Game action starts up at 2 PM with the first flight of the $100,000 Guaranteed HORSE Event. The buy-in will be $240, and the top 10% will be cashing for $450 and moving on to the finals, and there's a small twist, as the Omaha 8 section will be played as Limit Big "O" 8-or-Better. Starting flights for that event will be played through Monday, with the finals next Tuesday at 2 PM. 

First Round of Fresh Notable Chip Stacks

Blinds: 4,000-8,000 Players Left: 264 Average Stack: 440,000

Harry Arutyunyan - 820,000
Deepinder Singh - 800,000
Ben Chung - 760,000
Orlando Romero - 740,000
Scott Clements - 650,000
Massoud Eskandari - 520,000
Daniel Strelitz - 430,000
Dave Banerjee - 360,000
Nipun Java - 350,000
Thomas Zanot - 340,000
Jeremy Ausmus - 275,000
Tim Cramer - 250,000

Final Payouts for This Record Setting Mega Millions!

The Bicycle Casino set record highs in just about every meaningful number in this 17th installment of the Mega Millions. The final prizepool ended up being just over $2.2 million, and the winner of this massive event will be taking home a first place prize of $335,914. Everyone at the final table will lock up over $25,000. Scroll down for a full breakdown of the payouts, and good luck to the remaining 264 players!

1. $335,914
2. $186,890
3. $125,790
4. $93,725
5. $71,195
6. $54,980
7. $43,155
8. $33,840
9. $25,955
10-12. $18,895
13-15. $15,915
16-18. $14,035
19-21. $12,390
22-24. $10,740
25-27. $9,175
28-36. $7,605
37-45. $6,195
46-54. $4,910
55-63. $3,655
64-72. $2,950
73-81. $2,400
82-90. $2,055
91-99. $1,755
100-108. $1,555
109-117. $1,445
118-126. $1,365
127-135. $1,300
136-144. $1,255
145-150. $1,215

Nearly 500 Total Players on Day 2

The final payouts are currently being tabulated by the floor staff, but we wanted to let you guys know that this was the biggest Mega Millions tournament to date! A total of 366 Day 1 qualifiers were joined by 130 Day 2 buy-ins to create a final Day 2 field of 496 players.

Stay tuned for the final numbers to be posted shortly, as well as notable chip stack updates throughout the night!

More Day 2 Buy-ins as Registration is About to Close

We had already set a record for the biggest Mega Millions so far before the Day 2 buy-ins, with over $1.6 million in the prizepool, and it looks like we might be onto another record, as we have 130 Day 2 entries so far with just a few more minutes left to register. Below you will see a few more of the players who brought in today, including a former Legends of Poker Main Event Champion, Harry Arutyunyan, and a former WSOPC Bike Main Event champion, Valentin Vornicu.

David "The Dragon" Pham

Jeremy Ausmus

Harry Arutyunyan

Deepinder Singh 

Mark Jun

Jesse Yaginuma

Maria Ho

Valentin Vornicu

Some of the Many Notable Day 2 Buy-ins Today

The Mega Millions Day 2 buy-in always brings out some of the biggest names in poker, and today is no different. In the crowd today are WPT and WSOP bracelets winners, a former WSOP Main Event Winner, the 2016 CSPC Champion, and many other familiar faces. You can view those players below, as we near 100 total Day 2 buy-in entries so far! 

Daniel Strelitz

Paul Chauderson

Scott Clements

Carlos Mortensen

Antonio Esfandiari

Tim Cramer

The Top 5 Stacks to Start the Day

Orlando Romero - 828,500

Jason Jhee - 772,500

Ben Chung - 722,500

Michael Rocco - 675,500

Ramon Mantuano - 659,500

Cards in the Air: Day 2 of the Mega Millions

The floor staff have made their announcements, and we are ready to get things going in this massive Day 2 of the Mega Millions. It looks like this installment of the Mega Millions is going to be the biggest one yet, as we are already over $1.6 million, not including the 62 Day 2 buy-ins so far. And that number will only be going up, as the Day 2 registration line is still 20 people deep.

We will be here all day for you guys providing all kinds of updates, so make sure you don't go anywhere!