Level 16 has ended. The tournament is scheduled to go on a 20-minute break but the floor supervisor has postponed the break until after the bubble bursts. Right now the players are playing in extra time in Level 16, with the clock pauesd. This is obviously good news for the short stacks, as the limit are frozen at 8,000-16,000 instead of increasing to 10,000-20,000.
Shane Douglas brought in and Eric Buchman completed to 8,000. Douglas made the call before leading the betting on every street apart from seventh where both players checked.
Douglas: (X)(X) / / (X)
Buchman: (X)(X) / / (X)
Douglas rolled over his / for two pair and Buchman mucked his hand while slipping to 400,000 in chips as Douglas raked in the pot to climb up to 165,000.
Mizrachi: / /
Kostritsyn: / / (X)
Alex Kostritsyn was all in earlier in the level, surviving with trip eights. He found himself all in again, on third street, against Michael Mizrachi and this time Kostritsyn failed to make it to the next hand. Mizrachi started with buried nines against Kostritsyn's ace-high, and buried nines were enough to drag the pot.
With Kostritsyn's elimination, the remaining three tables are playing hand-for-hand until the next elimination. This is the money bubble!
Dehkharghani: (X) (X) / / (X)
Adams: (X) (X) / / (X)
There are lots of chips on Brandon Adams' table and they're making their way around the felt. Ray Dehkharghani is the latest beneficiary. He brought it in on third street and called Adams' completion bet. Adams bet fourth street, but lost the betting lead when Dehkharghani made open treys on fifth street. Dehkharghani bet but couldn't shake the resilient Adams.
On sixth street, Dehkharghani checked and called a bet. He then led into Adams on seventh street, with Adams making the call. Dehkharghani rolled over for trip treys.
Adams is down to 310,000. Dehkharghani is up to 400,000.
Michael Mizrachi completed for 8,000 and Freddie Ellis made the call along with Brandon Adams.
Ellis fired out for 8,000 on fourth street and both Mizrachi and Adams called before Mizrachi fired out 16,000 with Ellis calling before Adams three-bet to 32,000. Mizrachi folded but Ellis made the call only to commit his last 4,000 on sixth street with Adams making the call.
Mizrachi: (X)(X) / (folded on sixth)
Ellis: / / (X)
Adams: / (X)
Ellis tabled his on seventh while Adams improved with his to send the reigning Champion to the rail and Adams up to 415,000 in chips.
Nguyen: (X) (X) / / (X)
Schmelev: (X) (X) / / (X)
There was action on every street for Men "the Master" Nguyen, helping him to add to an already impressive chip stack. Nguyen completed third street, then called after he was raised by Vladimir Schmelev. Schmelev led fourth street and was called.
Nguyen had the lead on fifth, sixth and seventh streets. Each time he bet and each time Schmelev called. At showdown, Nguyen produced in the hole for a full house, queens full of jacks. He dragged the pot and increased his count to 462,000.
Nikolay Evdakov has soared up the leaderboard after taking a sizeable pot off Dan Heimiller.
Heimiller: (X)(X) / / (X)
Evdakov: (X)(X) / / (X)
Evdakov turned over his for trip sixes and the pot to climb to 415,000 as Heimiller slips to 75,000 in chips.
Kostritsyn: / /
Adams: / /
Brandon Adams went for the kill against Russian Alexander Kostritsyn. Adams' three diamond Broadway cards were about an even-money proposition against Kostritsyn's buried eights. Kostritsyn improved to trip eights by the river; Adams had queens and tens. Neither player filled up, allowing Kostritysn to double up to about 72,000.
Shane Douglas brought-in for 2,000 and Joe Cassidy completed to 8,000. With the action back on Douglas he popped it up to 16,000 and Cassidy made the call.
Douglas fired out 8,000 on fourth only to have Cassidy put him all in for an additional 3,000. Douglas made the call for his tournament life with both player's boards running out as follows.
Douglas: / /
Cassidy: / /
Cassidy improved to a flush, but Douglas' club-flush would be higher and consequently see him double through to 70,000 as Cassidy slipped to around 85,000 in chips.
All of the hopes of Team PokerStars are now riding on the shoulders of Canadian Pat Pezzin. Pezzin, who achieved Team Pro status just prior to the start of the NAPT Mohegan Sun event a few months ago, has been grinding a short stack all day. With just three places to go to the money, Pezzin is in serious danger of bubbling the tournament. He doesn't have the easiest draw, either. Even though Doyle Brunson was eliminated from the table, Brunson's seat was soon occupied by Vladimir Schmelev.
The line-up is tough, but Pezzin didn't make it this far just by chance. He's played some great poker while wearing the PokerStars patch. Now all that's left to do is bring it home.