Miguel Proulx and L.J. Klein are our chip leaders at the moment. The pair are sitting side by side and between them have won the majority of the pots this level. They've mostly stayed out of each other's way, although just now we saw a hand in which they butted heads.
Proulx opened for 65,000 from UTG, and Klein was his only caller. The flop came , and Proulx continued with a bet of 120,000. Klein quickly called.
The turn brought the and a check from Proulx. Klein promptly pushed out 200,000, and Proulx folded.
Klein jumps back in front, moving to 1.15 million, while Proulx now has 780,000.
Michael Greco raised to 60,000 from the button and Stepaane Tayar made the call from the big blind.
The flop came and both players checked. Tayar bet 30,000 when the came on the turn and Greco called. Tayar then checked the on the river and Greco bet 155,000. Tayar mucked, dropping his stack to 480,000. Meanwhile, Greco is up to 673,000.
L.J. Klein once again raised to 65,000 from early position, and it folded around to Trevor Pope who called from the small blind. Joerg Engels also called from the BB.
The trio ended up checking down all three streets, with the board ultimately showing . Pope tabled -X-X. He'd checked his queens full on the end but got no takers. The others mucked, and Pope took the pot.
"Pope! Pope! Pope! Pope!" yelled his cheerleaders, still fill of energy following dinner.
The last five hands have seen Miguel Proulx raise three times (to 65,000) and take the blinds, and L.J. Klein do the same twice (for the same amount).
Some space has opened up between Klein and the field now, following that rapid transfer of chips from Tommy Le to Stephane Tayer right after dinner. Klein is up to 1.02 million, with Michael Greco his closest foe with 663,000. Proulx is in third with 625,000.
Once again Tommy Le raised preflop to 75,000 and Stephane Tayar moved all in for 265,000. Action folded to Le and he made the call.
The flop was quite interesting when it came , giving Tayar top set but providing Le with a flush draw. The on the turn gave Le even more outs with a straight draw. In fact, Le supporters could be heard calling out cards for the river that would give him the win.
When the came on the river Tayar and his supporters erupted in celebration. Tayar went from the short stack to 575,000 while Le drops to 307,000 and is the new short stack.
Tommy Le has come back from the dinner break in the same aggressive frame of mind with which he concluded the previous level. He opened the first three hands with raises. On the first Trevor Pope reraised and forced a fold. Le took the blinds the second time.
Then, on the third hand, Le raised to 75,000 from middle position, and Stephane Tayar reraised all in for his last 110,000. It folded around and Le called.
The board went , and Tayar doubled up to 265,000. Le now has 572,000.