Robert Mizrachi, by far the most aggressive player at this final table so far, opened for 80,000. Chance Kornuth called on the button, as did Eric Liu and Ted Martin in the blinds.
They saw a flop and it checked around to Kornuth, who bet pot - 320,000. Like dominoes his opponents all gave it up, and Kornuth raked in the pot.
A few hands later and Mizrachi limped in, only for Kornuth to raise pot. Martin tanked up and eventually called on the button, Mizrachi folded, and they were heads up to the flop.
Kornuth bet out 200,000, and after a few moments of squinting at the felt (he likes to take his time over decisions, does Martin), Martin folded and Kornuth again took the pot.
He's up to 1.3 million.
After a short break following Nacho Barbero's exit, play has resumed. Most of the orange chips were colored up during the pause.
Danny Smith raised to 65,000, and Robert Mizrachi flatted. On the button, Jose "Nacho" Barbero moved all in for 256,000 total. Smith snap called, and Mizrachi folded as fast as he could. Everyone jumped out of their seats to get a look at the cards.
The flop gave Smith top set and had Barbero drawing extremely thin. The turn was enough to end his tournament, and after the river, he shook hands with the table and made his exit.
Smith moved up to 1.34 million after notching the final table's first knockout.
Scott Mandel opened for 65,000 and Robert Mizrachi called in the small blind. They saw a flop.
Mizrachi checked and Mandel bet pot - 154,000. Mizrachi now shoved for less than 300,000 total, and Mandel swiftly called.
Mizrachi: for a pair of queens
Mandel: for a pair of kings
Mizrachi was in need of some assistance from the board.
No help there. Mizrachi needed a queen, a jack or an ace.
The Mizrachi rail went wild as their boy doubled up to 740,000. Mandel had an expression on his face that can only be described as 'gutted'. He dropped to 640,000.
Danny Smith limped under the gun, and Chance Kornuth raised it to 60,000. Big blind Julian Gardner called, and Smith paid the tax as well to see the flop. They all checked to get to the on the turn. Gardner bet out the size of the pot - 192,000 - and everyone folded.
Michael Mizrachi raised to 69,000 in the hijack - the second hand in a row he'd raised. (The first hand, Eric Liu called in the big blind but they checked it down and Mizrachi won it with kings.) This time Ted Martin called in the big blind.
Martin checked the flop and Mizrachi bet 100,000. Martin dwelled up for a long time, squinting at the board, and then called.
Both players checked the turn, and they saw a river. This time Martin bet out 100,000. Mizrachi thought about it for some time before calling - and then mucked to Martin's flush.
Mizrachi dropped to 400,000.
|Jose Ignacio Barbero||PokerStars||328,000|
Ran Azor lost a smallish pot to Chance Kornuth, so he was down to 250,000 when he got involved in a blind-on-blind confrontation with Scott Mandel.
They were at the turn of the board when Mandel checked. Azor bet pot (98,000) and Mandel check-raised pot to put him in. Azor called all in, and they were on their backs.
Azor: for a pair of kings and a flush draw
Mandel: for aces
With that, we have reached our official final table.