Australian Team PokerStars Pro Grant Levy moved one big step closer to joining the million dollar man club with the recent elimination of PokerStars Macau satellite winner Takashi Ogura.
The two traded raises before the flop before eventually getting it all in; Ogura with and Levy with .
The pro-Levy flop left Ogura in bad shape, drawing to to one of the two remaining non-heart queens, or one of only a few non-heart running straight combos. Unable to hit either long shot after the board filled out , , Ogura exited the tournament area empty handed, just six spots outside the money.
During the last hand before the break, Choon Siang Tan was eliminated from the tournament by J.J. Liu.
Australian Team PokerStars Pro Grant Levy opened the pot with a raise to 15,500 and seated two seats to Grant's left, Tan moved all in for a total of 108,500. Action then made its way around the table to Liu who asked for a count. Given the total by the dealer, J.J. counted out the required amount of chips to make the call and dropped them into the middle. Levy laid down his hand (which he told us afterwards was two black nines), leaving Tan and Liu in a race for the pot:
The board was kind to Liu, but not so much for Tan who would end up our 15th place finisher.
Liu stacked up just over 400,000 in chips after the hand.
Ikeuchi Kazuki of Japan became our most recent casualty moments ago after losing a race to Neil Arce.
Kazuki opened the pot with a raise to 16,000 and when the action reached Arce, he tossed a major stack of yellow $5,000-chips into the middle to put Kazuki all in. Short-stacked, Kazuki made the call for about 90,000 more and tabled ; Arce showed .
A seven-high board ensued and Arce took down the pot, increasing his chip stack to right around 360,000.