Pat Pezzin completed as last to act after Men Nguyen was forced to bring it in. Nguyen raised, with Pezzin making the call. Both players caught an open pair on fourth street. Pezzin, with the bigger pair, had the betting lead and opted to double-bet. Nguyen called.
On fifth street Pezzin bet again. He had only 15,000 behind his 10,000-chip bet. Nguyen asked for a count, then tanked for more than a minute before finally surrendering his hand.
There's a new chip leader in town. His name is Men "the Master" Nguyen. Nguyen bet every street against Pat Pezzin, and Pezzin called him down each time until seventh street. There, when Nguyen fired out one last bet, Pezzin folded.
Pezzin's fold didn't stop Nguyen from showing his hand. He had in the hole for an extremely well-disguised queens full of aces.
Nguyen appears to be leading the tournament now with 340,000. Pezzin is hanging on with 65,000.
On his final hand of this tournament, Greg Mueller had the betting lead on every street. Every time he checked it to Joe Cassidy, and every time Cassidy bet. On fourth street, Cassidy's bet chased out two other players so that Mueller and Cassidy were heads-up. Mueller check-called fifth street.
By sixth street, Mueller had only 10,500 left in his stack. He checked and then deliberated after Cassidy bet. Finally Mueller stuck in a raise. Cassidy just called.
Mueller smoked a check on the river. Cassidy said, "I'll bet it," and tossed in 500 -- all that Mueller had left. Mueller called, then mucked his hand when Cassidy turned up for a pair of jacks.
Earlier in the day, Daniel Negreanu asked me how tall I am. Why? Who can say. But Negreanu was quite short for a hand against John D'Agostino. D'Agostino was even shorter, by 1,500 chips, and was the one who took the worst of the confrontation. Negreanu made three queens against D'Agostino's pair of kings. D'Agostino did not draw out on the river. He flipped his hand into the muck and quickly left the tournament area. He's out. Negreanu, meanwhile, is up to 32,000.