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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Final Break of the Evening

We are down to the final 63 players now, and they are taking their final 10 minute break of the day. When they return, they will play two more levels before bagging and tagging for the night. Stay tuned to find out who finishes at the top of the heap going into Day 3 of this Mega Millions!

Updated Stacks in the Mega Millions

Blinds: 25,000-50,000 Players Left: 63 Average: 1.68 million

Ari Engel - 3.3 million
Phuoc Nguyen - 3.1 million
Brandon Zuidema - 2.2 million
Pat Lyons - 2.1 million
Phong "Turbo" Nguyen - 2.1 million
Dave Banerjee - 1.9 million
Joe Serock - 1.78 million
Thomas Zanot - 1.3 million
Billy Baxter - 1.2 million
Lance Allred - 950,000
Hermilo Vargas - 925,000
Gary Sewell - 850,000

Fresh Counts From the Final Ten Tables

Blinds: 20,000-40,000 Average: 1.14 million Players Left: 90

Ari Engel - 2.6 million
Thomas Zanot - 2.2 million
Phong "Turbo" Nguyen - 2.2 million
Brandon Zuidema - 2 million
Hermilo Vargas - 1.9 million
Phuoc Nguyen - 1.9 million
Billy Baxter - 1.8 million
Nikhil Gera - 1.6 million
Pat Lyons - 1.4 million
Joe Serock - 1.2 million
Phil Laak - 1.1 million
Dave Banerjee - 1.05 million
James Cavanaugh - 450,000

By the Numbers: Opening Flight of the $250,000 Guaranteed Event

Over on the other side of the room, registration has been closed for a while in the opening flight of our final event of the series. The first of seven flights drew a crowd of 114 players, meaning the top 11 players will be moving on to the finals on Saturday.

Your next chance to qualify for this event will be tomorrow at 11:30 AM. Don't miss it!

1-11th. Advance to Day 2 + $400

Some Notables Counts in the Money

The bubble burst right away with the first hand of hand-for-hand play, meaning we are now in the money. Below you will see some of the many notables who are still alive and vying for the first place prize of over $315,000!

Blinds: 10,000-20,000 Players Left: 134 Average: 792,000

Brandon Zuidema - 2.4 million
Thomas Zanot - 2.1 million
Ari Engel - 1.8 million
Hermilo Vargas - 1.7 million
Phuoc Nguyen - 1.6 million
Phong "Turbo" Nguyen - 1.4 million
Nikhil Gera - 1.3 million
Pat Lyons - 990,000
Billy Baxter - 820,000
Phil Laak - 650,000
Tom Braband - 600,000
Dave Banerjee - 570,000
Joe Serock - 530,000
Ophir Atar - 450,000
James Cavanaugh - 450,000
David Pham - 400,000
Upeshka De Silva - 360,000

The Money Bubble is Nearly Here

The clock says 147 players, meaning we are just six eliminations from the money. Once we get down to the final 141, all of them will have over $1,100 locked up. Once we get into the money, we will post a fresh round of notable chip counts for you guys, so don't go anywhere!

Some Fresh Counts From Our Day 2 Finals

Blinds: 6,000-12,000 Players Left: 200 Average: 531,000

Phuoc Nguyen - 1.5 million
Brett Murray - 1.3 million
Nick Phoenix - 1.2 million
Brandon Zuidema - 1.15 million
Ari Engel - 1.1 million
Pat Lyons - 1.1 million
Thomas Zanot - 1.05 million
Upeshka De Silva - 980,000
Ryan Lenaghan - 920,000
Hermilo Vargas - 900,000
Billy Baxter - 850,000
David Pham - 580,000
Joe Serock - 550,000
Ophir Atar - 410,000
Dave Banerjee - 330,000

Final Payouts For Mega Millions XVII

Thanks to the Day 2 entries today, for the second time in a row, the prizepool for a Mega Millions Event is over $2 million! The final 141 players will be paid at least $1,165 today. Everyone at the nine handed final table will have $25,745 locked up, and first place will take home one of the biggest first place prize in Mega Millions history: $315,142. Scroll down for all of the payouts, and stay tuned for some updated chip counts from the final 200 to be posted shortly.

1. $315,142
2. $178,565
3. $116,350
4. $90,080
5. $68,585
6. $53,590
7. $$42,290
8. $33,350
9. $25,745
10-12. $18,875
13-15. $$15,140
16-18. $13,370
19-21. $11,745
22-24. $10,195
25-27. $8,715
28-36. $7,240
37-45. $5,865
46-54. $4,655
55-63. $3,470
64-72. $2,700
73-81. $2,175
82-90. $1,900
91-99. $1,635
100-108. $1,400
109-117. $1,285
118-126. $1,225
127-141. $1,165

Mega Millions XVIII Payouts

Cards in the Air: Opening Flight of the $250,000 Guaranteed

Registration might be closed for the Mega Millions event, but the action rolls on with another massive guaranteed event, as we are close to wrapping up the latest series here at the Bike. Our final event is a $250,000 Guaranteed tournament that has just started up here in the tournament room. This is the first of seven Day 1 over the next few days, with the finals taking place on Saturday. Players will be able to buy-in directly then for $1,400 to get a stack of 66 big blinds.

Today's flight is open until 7 PM, and the top 10% will be moving on to Day 2. Good luck all!

First Round of Notable Chip Counts Today

Blinds: 3,000-6,000 Players Left: 320 Average Chips: 332,000

Ophir Atar - 860,000
Brett Murray - 855,000
Nikhil Gera - 830,000
Phuoc Nguyen - 745,000
Thomas Zanot - 550,000
Greg Gibson - 480,000
Billy Baxter - 450,000
Pat Lyons - 430,000
Hermilo Vargas - 400,000
Andrew Dean - 380,000
Massoud Eskandari - 380,000
Joe Serock - 360,000

Registration Closes With Over 100 Day 2 Entries

Players are back from their first break of the day, meaning that registration is officially closed for the 18th Mega Millions Event. We can confirm that there were a total of 106 entries today, catapulting the prizepool to over $2 million.

We will post the official numbers for this event as soon as we get them, so don't go anywhere!

A Few of the Many Day 2 Buy-ins Today

We wanted to take a walk through the tournament field to grab some photos of some of the nearly 100 players who have brought in on Day 2 today. Andrew Dean is back today, and his buy-in was free today, as he was the last Day 2 buy-in standing in the August installment last year, where he finished runner up for over $186,000. Speaking of runner ups, Tom Braband is here just two weeks after finishing second in the WSOP Circuit Main Event to David Pham. Scroll down for those photos, and some more of our Day 2 buy-in players today. 

Andrew Dean

Tom Braband

Daniel Strelitz

Joe Serock

Pat Lyons

Massoud Eskandari

Over 80 Day 2 Buy-ins So Far

We are halfway through the registration period for today's Day 2 finals of the Mega Millions, and we already have 83 players who have brought in today. That has pushed the prizepool up to $1.97 million, and with registration still open until 3 PM, that number will certainly rise to over $2 million.

You still have time to come join us if you don't have you seat yet, so come on down and play!

Some of the Big Stacks To Start the Day 2 Finals

After a brief delay, the Day 2 finals of the Mega Millions are now underway. Leading the way is Aaron Armijo, the only player to bring a seven figure stack into play today. Below you will see the top stacks to start the day. Not pictured is former champion Dave Banerjee, who is fourth in chips to start the day with 757,000. Banerjee has yet to arrive and take his seat.

We will be here all day to bring you guys the updates, so make sure you don't go anywhere!

Aaron Armijo - 1,108,500

Mark Leblanc - 880,000

Michael Wasserman - 844,000

Yiming Cui - 748,000

Aaron Messmer - 740,000