Yan Chen entered the pot with a raise to 24,000 only to have Mike Wattel move all in for 98,000.
Chen took his time shuffling chips between his hands before sliding a stack in to make the call.
Both players stood pat with Wattel tabling his , but it would be Chen's that would be the victorious hand as Wattel hits the rail in 2nd place for a $57,375.
There were eight hands in a row that were either walks or raise-and-take-its. Then on the ninth hand, Mike Wattel moved all in from the button for around 80,000. "All of a sudden?" asked Chen? Wattel laughed, and Chen folded.
Mike Wattel entered the pot with a raise to 25,000 and Yan Chen made the call from the big blind.
Both players drew one and checked the action as Chen tabled his .
Wattel picked up his hand and spread it between both before showing his and then his drawn .
As Chen closes in on one million in chips - 990,000 to be exact - Wattel slips to just 135,000.
After some bigger action than we're used to in this heads-up match, things are getting back to normal. First Mike Wattel and Yan Chen traded walks. Then Wattel raised to 25,000, and Chen called. Both drew one, and when Chen bet 45,000, Wattel folded.
The next hand, Chen raised to 24,000, and Wattel moved all in. Chen isn't ready to play for all the chips yet, and he folded instantly.
Mike Wattel opened to 25,000 and Yan Chen made the call from the big blind.
Both players drew two cards and checked.
"Pair of fours" announced Chen as Wattel quickly tabled his pair of along with his to take down the pot and climb back to 175,000.
Chen however still has a commanding 950,000 in chips.
Mike Wattel really, really needed to win one. He has is last T5,000 pink chips in the middle to pay his blind, leaving only orange T1,000s in his stack. Yan Chen raised to 24,000, and Wattel called in 24 orange chips. Wattel drew one, and Chen thought for a minute before discarding two. Wattel bet out 40,000. "Good bet," Chen said as he folded.
Wattel tried to keep the momentum going and raised to 25,000 the next hand. Chen called, and each drew one. Chen fired 35,000, and Wattel didn't know what to do. He counted out a call at least ten times, shuffling the chips back together each time. Finally, he pulled the trigger and tossed them toward the middle. "Jack," Chen said, showing . Wattel just shook his head and mucked. Wattel fell to 120,000 while Chen is up to 980,000.
Mike Wattel opened to 25,000 from the button and Yan Chen three-bet to 70,000 from the big blind.
Wattel took his time ruffling chips in one hand while sweating his hand in the other before making the call for an additional 45,000.
Both players stood pat and after nearly sixty seconds deliberating, Chen fired out a bet of 75,000.
Wattel spent the same amount of time mulling over his decision before making the call.
"Ten-six" announced Yen as he rolled over his to best Wattel's .
As Chen raked in the pot to climb to 920,000, Wattel slipped down to just 205,000 in chips.
Mike Wattel raised to 25,000, and Yan Chen reraised to 70,000. Wattel folded, sending the pot to the other side of the table.
The next hand, Chen raised to 24,000, and Wattel called. Mike took two and Chen took one. Wattel checked, and Chen bet 35,000. Wattel folded another one, and Chen moved up to 770,000.