The overall pace of play at our nine-handed unofficial final table seems to have slowed to a crawl, as we await the bubble burst. The one exception might be chip leader Vladimir Geshkenbein who seems to be involved in just about every other pot. Aussie pros Grant Levy and Jonathan Karamalikis appear to be patiently waiting for spots to exploit the action-loving Swiss table captain, but otherwise, we're in the calm before the storm stage.
Grant Levy has moved past the 1.2 million mark in chips, largely due to a recent three-way pot he played with chip leader Vladimir Geshkenbein and In Wook Choi.
Geshkenbein opened with a raise to 26,000 and Choi called from late position; Levy from the small blind.
All three players checked the flop and watched the dealer burn and turn the . First to act, Levy checked and Geshkenbein fired a bet of 51,000. Choi made the call and when the action returned to level, he deliberated for a moment before raising to 132,000.
Geshkenbein and Choi quickly folded and Levy raked in the pot, narrowing the gap between him and Geshkenbein at the top of the leaderboard.