From the penthouse to the outhouse goes Sida Yuen. Yuen, in the top five in chip counts as recently as fifteen minutes ago, has been eliminated from the tournament. He tangled with Dermot Blain, creating a preflop pot of about 40,000 chips.
On a flop of , Blain was forced to act first. He led into Yuen for 45,000 chips. Yuen's response was to move all in for 98,800. Yuen had that amount covered and after double-checking how much it was back to him, he called.
Upon seeing Yuen's hand, Blain was very pained. He had to dodge a double-digit draw two separate times. The first time was the turn, which fell the , no help to Yuen. The second time was the river -- a beautiful that gave Blain the full house and the pot.
Dragging that pot increased Blain's count to 260,000 chips and put him in the top five, an honor formerly held by the now-busto Yuen.
Unfortunately we missed Joe Hachem's bustout, but his former tablemate James Potter was generous enough to share the gory details:
Dbinder Singh opened the pot with a raise to 6,000. Hachem then shipped it all in for about 25,000 holding pocket queens. Action then made its way around the table to Terry Fan who moved in over the top of Hachem's bet for a total of 35,000. Original raiser Singh folded, prompting a classic heads-up showdown - Hachem's queens vs. Fan's Big Slick.
Fan took the lead spiking a king on the flop and never looked back, sending the elder Hachem to the rail.
Joshua Ang made the last preflop action in a hand against Sida Yuen. The two had gone back and forth in a series of raises, with the deep-stacked Yuen ultimately moving all in. Ang called all in for 89,100.
It was a battle of big pairs. Yuen's were behind Ang's . To make matters worse for Yuen, Ang flopped the joint, . That left Yuen looking for running kings or running queens. He got neither and fell to 123,000 in the counts after paying off Ang.
For the first time all day it seems as though play is starting to slow down. We've reached ten tables left, with play eight-handed on most of them. The players perhaps are starting to sense that they're not so far away from the bubble. Granted we still have to eliminate three or four tables before we get there.
It will be interesting to see how much play opens up once the shift to eight-handed is completed in just a few more eliminations.