Another level done. 340 players remain. Average stack is ~108k.
During the previous level, Josh Brikis made his desperation shove with A9, only to run into pocket Queens held by Zohaib Butt (Babylon, NY). To add salt to his wound, Zohaib caught another Queen on the board for a set to take the pot, sending Josh to the rail.
I've spotted another couple of big stacks in the room. Yevgeny Gans (Sykesville, MD) has ~460k. The player at table 30, seat 5, has 457k. I don't know who that is, because he left early for the break. I guess you can do that when you're 3rd in chips and over 4 times the average stack.
Matt Glantz is up to 300k. 'Action' Bob Hwang has ~110k.
Erik Winiarski (Yonkers, NY) has about 205k. Erik won this same event two years ago (January 2009). There were 857 entries that year and 1st was good for $103,911. Erik is hoping he can accomplish the same feat this year.
Play resumed after the break with level 14: blinds 1,500/3,000 and 400 antes.