After losing some chips on that Truijers elimination hand, Jameson "Pumpkin" Painter raised preflop again and this time Terrence Chan called; Painter gave the hand up to a flop bet from Chan. It was only a small pot, relatively speaking, but with the limits getting really big now, it constituted a significant hit for Painter.
So with only 80,000 or 85,000 left to his name, Painter raised for the third hand in a row, and this time Matt Matros called in the big blind. They saw a flop.
Matros bet out, Painter raised, they agreed to get the whole lot in and they flipped the cards.
Matros: had spiked with
"I fold a queen," announced Georgios Kapalas, which probably didn't make Painter feel any better.
Matros was smashing pumpkins in the Amazon Room and Painter duly exited, taking his sizable but refreshingly well-behaved, bright orange rail with him.
Like if WIllow took on Mini-Me, we've encountered a battle of the shorties here at the final table as Ahmad Abghari clashes with fellow short-stacker Roberto Truijers. It was Truijers who threw the first punch, raising it up from under the gun. Abghari called in the big blind.
On the flop, Truijers continuation bet, but ran into resistance from Abghari who check-raised to 40,000. Despite only have 60,000 behind, Truijers opted for the fold and lives to fight another day.
Roberto Truijers raised from the button and Terrence Chan reraised from the small blind. Georgios Kapalas in the big blind thought about it for a while but folded; Truijers called all in for a little less than the reraise and they were on their backs.
Board: an extremely decisive
Truijers doubled to a still woefully short 85,000 or so - or that's what he had following the color up that took place immediately after.
Down to just 67,000, Abghari raised it up from the button, only to find resistance in neighbour Roberto Truijers who announced raise from the small blind. Abghari's chips quickly found their way into the middle, Truijers matching the 67,000 to bring us to a showdown.
Surprisingly, Ahmad was in splendid shape, his comfortably ahead of Truijer's . The flop provided no help, and although the was close, it was no cigar as the river came the to double Abghari through.
Abghari now back up the 164,000, whilst the Dutchmen dips back down to around 80,000.
Matthew Matros, who seems to be involved in many of the major pots, reached a flop in position with Ahmad Abghari where both players went loco, Matros putting in a final raise of 60,000.
The turn was an interesting card, and one that elicted a check from Abghari. Matros led and Abghari called.
The river was yet another potentially action killing/halting card which led to Abghari turning aggressor with a bet of 30,000. However, when Matros immediately made it 60,000, Abghari picked up his chips with a firm shake of the head before throwing them in and being shown .
Abghari inevitably mucked his hand and looked down dejectedly at his now 67,000 stack. Matros, meanwhile, is now up to 550,000 and second in chips to Terrence Chan.