Sixty-seven players started today with dreams of claiming one of the eight seats at tomorrow's final table. One by one, those dreams were shattered. J.J. Liu knows that pain well -- she bubbled off the money despite the fact that the player on her immediate left had only a single 100-chip left in his stack when she was eliminated.
Once the money bubble broke, play proceeded at a tidy pace towards determining the final eight players. With the elimination of Michele Ferrari, we finally know who they are:
Play will start tomorrow with 47:36 left on the clock in Level 19. By the end of the day, one of these eight players will be $500,000 richer. Join us here at PokerNews.com at noon local time for updates on all of the action!
Action folded to Casey Kastle in the small blind. He eyed the short stack of Michael Pedley and then raised to 200,000. Pedley peeked down at his cards and quickly called all in for a total of 120,000.
Pedley was in a dominating position, but wound up with only half the pot when the board ran out . The dealer chopped the pot and everyone went back to waiting.
With the next player going home one place short of the official final table, play has predictably tightened. Most hands are raised preflop, with a reraise preflop then taking down the pot. We did have one three-way flop recently, but a single bet on the flop was enough to scare away all the competition.