Day 2 of the 2017 World Series of Poker $50,000 Poker Players Championship saw seven more players enter the event for total of 100 entries which pushed the prize pool to $4.8 million. Roughly half the field advanced to Day 3 with 44 hopefuls led by Aaron Katz with 1.6 million chips.

Perennial high roller Talal Shakerchi is second in chips with two-time PPC champion Michael Mizrachi third in chips overall. Filling out the top ten spots are Matthew Ashton, Gary Benson and Anthony Zinno.

Michael Mizrachi could be the first player to win the event three times. (Photo: PokerPhotoArchive.com)
Just outside the top ten are Phil Galfond, Daniel Negreanu and Jason Mercier. Still in contention but with a closer to average stacks are Josh Arieh, Shaun Deeb, Cary Katz and Robert Mizrachi. Returning at the bottom of the counts are David ODB Baker, Bryn Kenney, Stephen Chidwick and Marco Johnson.

Daniel Negreanu tripled up in the late action of Day 2 to bag up an average stack. (Photo: PokerPhotoArchive.com)
Defending champion Brian Rast, Phill Hellmuth, Johnny Chan, John Monnette and Gus Hansen all were eliminated throughout the day.

The top 15 players cash in the event with the min-cash coming in at $77,320, a seat at the six-handed final table locks up $220,111 and the winner earns $1.3 million and his name on the Chip Reese Trophy.

Play resumes for Day 3 on Tuesday at 2 pm PT (5 pm ET) and they’ll play another six, 100-minute levels before wrapping up action.

Top Ten Chip Counts

1. Aaron Katz – 1,642,000
2. Talal Shakerchi – 1,480,500
3. Michael Mizrachi – 1,087,000
4. Elior Sion – 1,033,500
5. Andrey Zaichenko – 962,000
6. Matthew Ashton – 910,500
7. Gary Benson – 882,000
8. Anthony Zinno – 863,500
9. David Bach – 735,000
10. Jake Abdalla – 731,500