The tourney staff just explained the plan to the remaining players to play through Level 8 plus another 18 minutes' worth of Level 9. It was also announced there are about 830 players remaining from the 2,880 who began Day 1b, which means the average stack in the room at present is around 10,400.
We'll be making note of total players left in Event 59 over in the right-hand margin, a number that includes the 256 who survived Day 1a. Thus with 830 Day 1b players still alive, that means a total of 1,086 out of the 4,620 who originally entered the tourney are still part of the overall field.
Players are back from dinner and Level 7 has begun.
Following the precedent set last night by those playing Day 1a, the plan tonight will be to play two more one-hour levels, then another 18 minutes' worth of Level 9 before stopping for the night. Then whoever survives Day 1b will joined the 256 players who made it through Day 1a as a combined field for tomorrow's Day 2.
That's six levels in the books. The field is on a 90 minute dinner break. Play will resume are 8:15 p.m. PST.