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$2,400 NLHE Main Event (Re-Entry)
Level 9: 400/800/10 Antes
Players Remaining: 70

As the chip leaders’ stacks get higher and higher and the number of players able to hang on with short stacks gets smaller and smaller, more players are making a case for the evening’s chip leader position.

Sharing a table are two such players. Justin Swilling and Ricardo Moreno are both hovering around 80,000 in chips, and both players aren’t afraid to use them. Perhaps it’s for the best, then, that Swilling, who has a career-high cash of just over $52,000 for finishing 112th in the 2014 WSOP Main Event, was moved to rebalance the tables after some eliminations left them short-handed.

Steve Karp is another player challenging for the chip lead. Nearing 90,000, Karp’s career best finish also came in Las Vegas in the World Series of Poker: he came runner-up in 2009 in that summer’s $1,500 NLHE bracelet event for $414,116.

All three players are close to the top of the standings as we near the end of Level 9.

Justin Swilling

Justin Swilling

Dexter Moreno

Dexter Moreno

Steve Karp

Steve Karp