Main Event

Chong Owns Aronov

John Chong
John Chong

In the first of two disastrous hands for Samuel Aronov, he raised to 25,000, and John Chong called on the button.

Flop: {a-Spades}{k-Clubs}{2-Clubs} - Aronov bet 43,000, and Chong called instantly.

Turn: {2-Diamonds} - Aronov took another stab for 90,000. Another quick call from Chong.

River: {5-Diamonds} - Aronov gave up and checked, and Chong checked behind. All Aronov could show was pocked fours. Chong turned up {k-Spades}{10-Hearts}, and his flopped middle pair was enough for a giant pot.

The next hand, Aronov raised to 25,000, and Chong called once more. The flop came {k-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}, and Aronov bet 35,000. Chong snapped of the c-bet by moving all in. Aronov folded miserably, looking at the 210,000 left in his stack. Chong is now the first player over the 1 million mark.

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Green Four-Bets Chong


Action folded to Brian Green on the button and he raised to 25,000. John Chong reraised from the small blind to 80,000. Green then stuffed in a four-bet to 225,000. Chong asked for a count on the rest of Green's stack and was informed that Green had 346,000 behind. After another minute in the tank, Chong folded his hand and dropped back to 732,000. Green moved up to over 650,000 chips.

In case you're just catching up with us today and are unfamiliar with Green, check out this post from yesterday.

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Everyone Showing Cards


From middle position, Victorino Torres raised to 23,000. Jeppe Drivsholm flatted on the button and then Keith Hawkins shoved all in from the small blind for 191,000. Torres folded and Drivsholm followed suit. Hawkins showed the {J-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} and claimed it to be his one bluff.

On the other table, Binh Nguyen moved all in for about 200,000 from the button when action folded to him. Both blinds folded and Nguyen showed the {A-Hearts}.

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With Lebedev's elimination, we are down to our final 16 players, and the field has been redrawn down to two tables of eight. We'll play on for seven more knockouts in order to lock up the nine players who'll return for tomorrow's final table.

Table 5
Seat 1: Brendon Rubie
Seat 2: Jonas Kronwitter
Seat 3: Mikhail Mazunin
Seat 4: Victorino Torres
Seat 5: Kenny Neilsen
Seat 6: Jeppe Drivsholm
Seat 7: Keith Hawkins
Seat 8: Kai Paulsen

Table 16
Seat 1: Binh Nguyen
Seat 2: Wee Yee Tan
Seat 3: Samuel Aronov
Seat 4: Albert Kim
Seat 5: Brian Green
Seat 6: John Chong
Seat 7: TJ Vorapanich
Seat 8: Cole Swannack

Lebedev Put to Bed

Andriyan Lebedev - 17th place
Andriyan Lebedev - 17th place

Andriyan Lebedev limped for 10,000 in early position. Action folded to Kenny Nielsen on the button, who raised to 25,000. Lebedev instantly moved all in for another 100,000 and change, but Nielsen wasn't fooled for a second. He called with {a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}, putting Lebedev at risk with {q-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}. The flop came {7-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}, and the turn brought the {2-Hearts}. A heart was no good for Lebedev, taking away two of his outs. The {9-Hearts} on the river made Nielsen's flush and sent Lebedev home in 17th place.

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Ip Missing

Colin Ip pulled a quiet disappearing act in the first hand back from break. He gets HK$108,200 for his 18th-place finish. After the next elimination, they will redraw to two tables.

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Big Pot for Torres Into Break


One table ran over into the break due to a big hand between Mikhail Mazunin and Victorino Torres. There's was well over 100,000 chips in the middle on the board of {K-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{3-Spades}{A-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}. Mazunin had fired 55,000 and Torres raised him to 205,000. Mazunin tanked for about six minutes into the break and then mucked his hand, allowing Torres to add a nice pot and chip up to about 400,000.

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Achy Breachy

Time for the second break of the day. The floor will be coloring up the purple T500 chips during this one. Back in ten.

Rubie Back in Business


Brendon Rubie was all in again, this time for 150,500. He held the {A-Diamonds}{K-Hearts} and was up against Colin Ip's {J-Hearts}{J-Spades}. Ip had about 210,000 chips. The flop came down {7-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} and there wasn't much there for Rubie to get exited about. Neither player held a diamond as well.

The turn card brought the {K-Hearts} and Rubie smacked one of his outs to take the lead. The river completed the board with the {A-Diamonds} and Rubie successfully doubled up. He's back over 300,000 chips now.

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