Jason Mercier opened to 6,000 from the cutoff seat, Eugene Katchalov called on the button, and Terje Augdal defended his big blind. The flop came down , and Augdal checked to Mercier, who continued for 7,100. Only Katchalov called.
The turn was the , and Mercier tanked before firing 17,000. Katchalov called. Mercier slowed down after the fell on the river though, checking to Katchalov who tossed out 32,000.
"That's around what I was going to bet," Mercier said, reaching for chips.
He tossed in enough checkers to make the call, and Katchalov said, "You got it."
Mercier turned over for two pair, Katchalov mucked, and Mercier raked in the pot.
First in from the cutoff seat, Yevgeniy Timoshenko opened to 6,600, and Erik Seidel three-bet to 18,000 on the button. From the big blind, Shawn Buchanan came in from the cold with a four-bet to 38,000 straight, folding Timoshenko quickly. Seidel was undeterred, though. Munching casually on some trail mix, he pulled his bet back and flicked out three green chips worth 25,000 apiece. Buchanan had just over 200,000 left in front of him now, and he paused to deliberate for a few moments before surrendering.
Seidel (somehow) failed to cash in this event in 2011, but he's poised to change that this time around. The eight-time bracelet winner and most successful tournament player in history is up over the half-million chip mark now — comfortably perched in the Top 5.
After Dan Shak opened with a raise on the button, Jonathan Duhamel three-bet to 22,000 from the big blind. Shak called and the flop came down .
Duhamel bet 16,000, but was raised to 50,000 by Shak. Duhamel called after a few moments to see the turn and check-called another 75,000 from Shak. The river was quickly checked by both with Duhamel tabling . Shak wasn't happy to see that, mucking his hand.
Who wants to be a millionaire, hmm? Actually, chances are good that our eventual champion is already a millionaire as we speak — the 30-player starting field had well over $100 million in total combined tournament cashes. But those who aren't already poker millionaires have another shot here this week. With registration closed and 32 entries in the till, there is a prize pool of $3,136,000 up for grabs. The final five players will earn their shares of that with the min-cash being worth more than a quarter-million dollars. First place is five times that, though, just over $1.25 million.
Here's the breakdown of the prizes:
In addition to the loot, the champion will receive the specially designed Shamballa bracelet you see pictured above, worth more than $20,000. And some serious bragging rights after taking down one of the toughest tournaments of the year.
Eugene Katchalov min-raised to 6,000 from the cutoff and Justin Smith called on the button. Alexey Repik three-bet shoved for 61,800 from the small blind, forcing a fold from Katchalov. Smith called quickly with , dominating Repik's .