|Jose Ignacio Barbero||PokerStars||480,000|
Well, it was always a long shot playing down to a final table from half the field and it comes as no surprise to anyone that we haven't got anywhere near. For a while it looked like we might not even make the money, but as it turned out the bubble burst in spectacular fashion with an enormous bluff from Men Nguyen in the last session of the night, and the traditional post-bubble flurry of exits left us with 31 players.
As we head into Day 3, Robert Mizrachi is firmly in the lead on 758,000. However, this is a notoriously high-variance game, and anything can happen. Benny Spindler, Nacho Barbero, Justin Smith and Jason Mercier are all still in the running, and every one of them will have their eye kept firmly on top prize.
Play will resume tomorrow at 3pm and the plan is to play right down to a winner. Join us back here then.
|Jose Ignacio Barbero||PokerStars||480,000||144,000|
Christian Harder's chips all went in preflop and Chance Kornuth called.
Harder was ahead.
Kornuth made a straight, and Harder hit the rail as they announced last three hands.
The flop came , and after some potting and repotting, Kevin Boudreau was all in. Alan Reyf had him slightly covered.
Boudreau: for the overpair and nut flush draw
Reyf: for top two pair
The on the turn paired Boudreau and gave Reyf a flush draw. But it was Kevin's flush that hit with the on the turn. Boudreau jumped to second in the chip counts with 490,000. Reyf was left with 44,000.
The flop read when Andy Black's pretty chunky stack went in. Robert Mizrachi was his opponent.
Black: for two pair
Mizrachi: for a set of sevens and a flush draw
"Wow," said Black. "Nice hand." He sounded like he meant it.
With that, Black hit the rail. Ladies and gentlemen, please meet our new chip leader by a mile - Robert Mizrachi, on a shade below 800,000. That is what we call a big ol' stack.
Three players had their hands face up before the flop. Ali al Jenabi was all in for not very much, Niall Charlton was at risk as well, and Mark Eddleman had them both covered.
The board ran out . Al Jenabi flopped a set and turned a boat to triple up to 70,000. Charlton's trip deuces won him the larger side pot, and he mostly doubled through Eddleman to move up to 210,000. And after Eddleman paid off everyone, he was left with 180,000.
Annette Obrestad got her last in with on a flop.She shoved, and Mark Eddleman called her with for two pair which held up all the way to the river.
Anton Blagov had already been crippled to just 13,000 when he moved in to a limp from Justin "Boosted J" Smith. In the cutoff, Jason Lavallee re-shoved for 45,000, and Smith called them both.
Smith got the lot and bumped his already hefty stack up to 330,000. The other two hit the rail.