Players continue to bust at a rapid clip, with Joe Bartholdi among the several to go out during the last few minutes.
We're about 10 minutes from the end of Level 8 and the next break, and the total number of players has already sunk below 310, suggesting we may not be watching too much more poker once Level 9 begins.
If the night ends soon enough, we may get to see some of those Fourth of July celebrations when we leave the Rio later on. Play will be halted for Day 1a once the field shrinks to about 261 (or 15% of the number that started the day).
The average stack right now stands at a little less than 17,000.