Keith Wintermans, who started the day with only 6,700 in chips, is now sitting pretty with around 175,000 after he flopped a set of deuces on a flop. His opponent tried an all-in check-raise with but ran into trouble as Wintermans snap-called.
The turn was the and river the to give Wintermans a mighty stack as we enter the money stage of the tournament.
The player under the gun opened with a raise to 5,500 before the Michael Jackson of poker, John Juanda popped it up an additional 11,000 from the cutoff. The blinds folded and the UTG player called.
The flop came and it was checked to Juanda who fired out 12,000. His opponent then check-raised all in and Juanda made a quick call. Juanda flipped to be in great shape against his opponent's ambitious play with .
The turn was the and river the to give Juanda a huge double-up to 110,000 in chips!
Our last World Champion had just been eliminated from today's field. The 1990 World Champion, Mansour Matloubi has been eliminated after getting his short stack in the middle with against the of David Steicke.
The board bricked out and Matloubi was sent to the rail as Steicke climbs to 180,000 chips.
Kenneth Hicks is chipping up. He called the all-in bet of a short-stacked player for 10,000, as did Xinzheng Xu. On the flop, Hicks bet 20,000 and Xu called. When the turn came , Hicks moved all in for 80,000, bringing a fold from Xu. Hicks showed for the main pot and was ahead of the short stack's . He stayed that way on the river.
As the bubble approaches, Taneli Tiikkaja has lost a huge pot to Tian Chen. With the board reading , Tiikkaja check-raised all in. Chen snap-called and tabled . Tiikkaja was drawing dead with but managed to make two pair on the river anyway. Chen is now up to 340,000 while Tiikkaja has to be content with just 93,000.