Robert Williamson III called from under the gun. Scott Armstrong, sitting to Williamson's left, called, as did one other player. A late position player then put in a small raise, and all three called.
The flop came , and all four players checked. The turn brought the . Williamson counted out 4,200 and pushed it forward, Armstrong called, and the others got out. The river was the . Williamson bet 10,500 this time, and when Armstrong announced he was reraising pot, Williamson instantly called.
"Jacks?" said Williamson uncertainly. Armstrong showed him the bad news -- . Indeed, he'd flopped quad jacks. Williamson tabled . He'd flopped aces full.
Williamson stood up and shrugged, and after shaking hands with Armstrong was on his way. The Omaha specialist has been through that before, many times.
Armstrong now has 80,000 and has moved up toward the chip leaders.
One of our big stacks currently belongs to Luc Greenwood, sitting to the right of T.J. Cloutier at the moment. Cloutier also has recently chipped up to challenge the chip leaders. Greenwood is from Canada, and he and Cloutier have been talking about the relative merits of Toronto and Montreal.
Cloutier knows something about Canada -- and about those two cities -- as once upon a time he played for both cities' teams in the Canadian Football League. He's also been back to Toronto since his tenure on the gridiron. As he just explained to Greenwood, he went back there a few years ago for a small role in an episode of the ESPN mini-series "Tilt" which was filmed in Toronto.
Greenwood looks to have about 64,000 at present, while his neighbor Cloutier has recently overtaken him to move to 73,000.
Tom "Durrrr" Dwan's tactics of running back and forth between tournaments has come to an end. He can now spend his time in the $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship as he has been eliminated from this event.
Likewise, Phil Ivey has been sent packing after spending much of the evening in other events.
A short-stacked Nam Le was just now all in before the flop with against an opponent who held .
The flop came , and Le already stood up at the sight of the five, giving his opponent a set. The turn was the , though, causing tablemates to point at the board and stopping Le for a moment as he'd made a Broadway straight.
But the river brought the , giving Le's opponent a full house and eliminating Le.
Had a hand right before -- and during -- the break we wanted to share.
With the board reading and about 18,000 in the middle already, a player had bet all in with his last 16,000, sending Michael Binger into deep, deep contemplation.
And when we say deep, we ain't kidding. This was the sort of serious study that resembled that which was probably required for that Ph.D. in theoretical physics Binger earned from Stanford University. The hand began about five minutes before the break began, and we were 10 minutes into the break before Binger finally made his decision. No shinola.
"Feel free to call the clock," Binger said along the way, but his amiable opponent refused to do so. Binger estimated out loud his opponent's possible hands. "8-9-10-J with hearts?" he said. He noted what to all watching had become obvious -- he thought it was a very close call.
"Wanna chop it?" he asked, and they both laughed.
Finally he delivered a summary of the work he had done. "Even though against your range I have a slight chip equity," he said, "I like having this many chips." He pointed to his stack of roughly 34,000.
At last he folded, and after all that his opponent was willing to show his .
Players are enthusiatically taking their last 20 minute break of the night. What will they do during this time? Popular opinion suggests that they will use the restroom, grab a bite to eat, tell bad beat stories, and perhaps make a phone call.