The players are on a 15 minute break to recoup, as the few levels after the dinner intermissions have been a roller coaster of emotion.
Jesse Capps' massive chip lead has evaporated thanks to several six-digit pots not going his way. His once 1,600,000 stack is now less than half that size, though the 842,000 he holds is still a good chunk of the chips to continue his run.
Here is a look at the remaining players and their chip counts:
Seat 1: Richard Acovino - 1,050,000
Seat 2: Loren Klein - 1,250,000
Seat 3: Jesse Capps - 840,000
Seat 4: -
Seat 5: Marty Gorenc - 285,000
Seat 6: -
Seat 7: -
Seat 8: Chip Tutu - 185,000
Seat 1: Wes Cutshall - 980,000
Seat 2: Austin Roberts - 360,000
Seat 3: -
Seat 4: -
Seat 5: -
Seat 6: Dave Lander - 400,000
Seat 7: Roy Peters - 230,000
Seat 8: Loma Schulz - 620,000
Loren Klein is the new Table 1 chip leader. Sitting directly to Capps' right, not exactly the spot you really want to be in when sat with a chip leader, Klein began his comeback through Marty Gorenc to turn his once 275,000 into a decent stack, then nickel and dimed his way up over 1,250,000 at the break. Richard Acovino sits in second place at the table (and also second overall) with 1,050,000.
Over on Table 2, Wes Cutshall continued to hold serve with just under 1,000,000. But Loma Schulz is the story of the tournament so far.
The San Francisco native won her seat to RIU Reno's Main Event thanks to a Peppermill poker room raffle. Loma was one of ten to win the seat, and she's also the one making the best use of it. But the headline is this: she has never played in a poker tournament before! For a woman unfamiliar with antes, level changes, and all of the other variables that go with tournament play, Loma Schulz is having herself one hell of a tournament.
Loma's play is one thing, but her positive demeanor is another. She's quickly become the hero of the tournament, with everyone seemingly abandoning their rooting interests in favor of Lady Loma. "She's just awesome," said fellow final twelve competitor Marty Gorenc. "I played with her a bunch yesterday [Day 1B]. She was just so pleasant, giggling, having a great time."
On the second to last hand before the break, she doubled through Wes Cutshall when she called Wes' all in on a flop of [2cjh6d]. Wes was way behind Loma's [jc4c] with his [as2h] and failed to catch up, which let Loma double up 630,000.
"If I smoked, I'd need a cigarette," Loma said after the hand. "Luckily, I don't smoke!"