We're seeing a lot of raise-and-take-it happening here as we approach the dinner break that is scheduled for the end of this level. It has been L.J. Klein and Tommy Le doing most of the raising and taking, with Klein having crept up past Le and into the chip lead.
Klein is pushing up close to the one-million chip mark at present, while Le is around 820,000.
Yet another double-up from a short stack to report. Seems more often than not since we've gone nine-handed we've seen the little guys making what they need to stay alive.
In this case, Trevor Pope was the short one, up against Stephane Tayar. They'd built a pot already by the time the came. Then Tayar bet, and Pope called with the last of his stack. Pope had and Tayar .
The turn was the and the river the , and Pope's aces held. Pope's cheering section -- including Annette Obrestad -- gave a gleeful roar of excitement following their man's triumph.
Pope's up to 556,000 while Tayar is way down under 100,000 now.
Joerg Engels opened for 65,000 from the button, and L.J. Klein called from the big blind. Both checked the flop. The turn brought the and a bet of 100,000 from Klein. Engel called.
The river was the . Klein bet 150,000 this time. Engels fiddled with his chips for about a half-minute, then let it go. Klein is up to 735,000, while Engels has slipped back to the middle of the pack with 650,000.
After sitting on the short stack for much of the early part of the day, Tommy Le is our current chip leader with just under 800,000.
Patrick Hanoteau began the day as one of our chip leaders, and in fact moved in front at one point early on. But a series of losing hands saw the Frenchman's stack slip to ninth position, and just now he was forced to commit the last of his chips.
The hand began with Hanoteau raising to 70,000 from middle position, Karl Gal reraising behind him, and Hanoteau calling with his remaining 40,000 or so. Hanoteau had and Gal .
The flop came , giving Hanoteau the flush draw. The turn was the , adding a Broadway wrap for Hanoteau. But the river was the , and Hanoteau is out.
Another limped pot -- this time involving five players. The flop came , and Michael Greco bet 80,000. Only Joerg Engels was interested in sticking around, raising Greco to 160,000. That was enough to put the Englishman all in, and he called with his remaining chips.
A set of kings for Engels, and an open-ender for the former star of "Eastenders." The turn was the , giving Greco the straight, and after the river he'd doubled to 280,000. Engels still leads with 930,000.
During the deal, the was exposed. "Indecent exposure," cracked Robbie, our Tournament Director.
Five players limped to see a flop of . L.J. Klein bet 50,000 from the small blind, and only Engels called from the cutoff. The turn brought the and a bet of 165,000 from Klein. Engels went into the tank for a couple of minutes before finally making the call.
The river brought the and this time Klein checked. Engels checked as well. The players tabled their cards, and Engels' -X-X -- treys full of sixes -- proved best.
Engels chips up over one million with that one, moving into the chip lead. Klein is down to 575,000.