After over five hours of play Thursday night into Friday morning, the World Series of Poker final table has been narrowed from nine to seven. Allegany native Bryan Piccioli is still alive, sitting in third place with play resuming at 9 p.m. EST Friday in Las Vegas.
Piccioli entered the first night of the final table fourth in the chip count, which carried over from the previous seven days of the event. Morristown, New Jersey's Scott Blumstein and England's John Hesp sat comfortably in first and second, respectively, but the leaderboard shook up when Hesp lost over $77 million on one hand Thursday night.
Piccioli was patient for most of the night, folding far more often than playing since the majority of his hands were less than ideal. He fell as low as sixth and reached as high as his current position in third. The field was supposed to be narrowed from nine to six Thursday, but play was called shortly after 2 a.m. EST with seven still remaining.
The minimum Piccioli can walk away with is $1.425 million if he finishes in seventh. From there, the place values gradually increase until reaching $8.15 million for the winner.
Here are the standings with chip counts after Day 1.
1. Scott Blumstein - 178,200,000
2. Benjamin Pollak - 77,525,000
3. Bryan Piccioli - 35,850,000
4. John Hesp - 22,625,000
5. Daniel Ott - 16,350,000
6. Damian Salas - 15,475,000
7. Antoine Saout - 14,550,000