The World Poker Tour Bay 101 stop has reached its final four tables with just 24 players remaining in the tournament. All players are already secured $25,800 but continue to fight for a $1 million first prize.
The World Poker Tour's Bay 101 stop in San José, California has reached its decisive stages with only 24 players still in contention for the $1,039,000 first prize.
Yesterday saw the field lose a handful of big names, including Phil Hellmuth
, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson and John Juanda
, who all fell short during Day 2.
Instead, yesterday's number two Joris Springael has now taken the lead, currently sitting on a 1,477,000 chip stack.
Springael is followed in second place by Alan Sternberg with 1,106,000, Vivek Rajkumar in third with 1,076,000 and Casey McCarrel in fourth with 874,000.
Also still in are WPT host and commentator Mike Sexton with 361,000, Team Full Tilt pro Mike Matusow
with 352,000, Kathy Liebert with 351,000 as well as 2010 PCA Main Event runner-up Ty Reiman with 450,000.
Yesterday's chip leader Chris Trapani, who is the son of the former Bay 101 Casino operator Marko Trapani, is also still alive with 333,000 chips.
With just 24 players left in the tournament, the bubble also burst yesterday, giving all live players at least $25,800.
A seat at the six-player final table will trigger a minimum payout of $148,000, with the prize money steadily rising until the $1,039,000 first prize winner is found.
This is expected to happen on Saturday after the final contestants play down to the final table later tonight.